File Storage and Email Quotas

Each user account is allotted a default, uncharged quota of 2GB for e-mail storage and 5GB for file storage on the University's servers. E-mail storage includes messages saved in your inbox and any e-mail folders on the mail server. Central server file storage is commonly referred to as your "H: drive" or your Unix home directory and it includes files in your personal website (public_html folder) if you have one. Your file storage quota also includes any files that you create or copy into another user's or a group's shared folder. Your quota can be increased if you need additional space for either e-mail or files. There is a charge for quota that exceeds the default, so your faculty sponsor's approval is required. Quotas can be increased to a larger fixed amount, but it usually makes sense to enable dynamic quota if more space is needed. With dynamic quotas, the system compares your usage with your quota three times daily. Your quota is automatically adjusted if it crosses certain threshholds. By default, if your unused quota is less than 15% or greater than 25%, your quota is adjusted to provide 20% unused. In any case, your quota is never set to an amount less than the default. It is also possible to specify a maximum and/or minimum beyond which your quota will not be adjusted. Adjustments are currently done shortly after midnight, noon and 6pm. How to check your quota and your current usage:‚Äč You can check your usage at http://www.princeton.edu/quota/. (Be patient -- this page can take a minute or more to load.) If you need increased quota:

  1. Obtain your sponsor/advisor approval for increased quota, preferably by email.
  2. Email a detailed request including sponsor/advisor approval to your group's grant manager.
  3. Grant manager will provide a project grant number and forward your request for processing.

For more information: Default (uncharged) quotas and charges for increased quota Other helpdesk knowledgebase articles