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Khoury Disk Quotas


16.0 - Updated on 06/24/2021 by Denman, Jon

15.0 - Updated on 09/28/2020 by Denman, Jon

14.0 - Updated on 02/06/2020 by Denman, Jon

13.0 - Updated on 10/02/2019 by Denman, Jon

12.0 - Updated on 09/12/2019 by Denman, Jon

3.0 - Updated on 07/15/2019 by Denman, Jon

2.0 - Updated on 07/15/2019 by Denman, Jon

1.0 - Authored on 02/14/2019 by Frederick, Jon

This article describes the current Khoury disk quota policy. If you have any questions about this policy, please send mail to Please be sure to read the frequently asked questions list at the end of this page before sending mail.

Disk Space

Here are the default quota amounts. All accounts have at least this amount of space.

Account Type  Home Directory Quota 
Guest 600 MB
Non-Khoury majors 1200 MB
Khoury majors 1440 MB
Khoury grads 2400 MB
Khoury phds 2400 MB
Faculty  32 GB
Staff  32 GB


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I appreciate the disk space, but I still need more than that, can you help me?  Khoury College is committed to providing the resources needed to serve its academic and research missions. Alternate disk space (typically space in /proj) can be requested if:
    • you need it for class or research materials (i.e. not for personal web space or other non-Khoury related data).
    • you do not already have an alternative source of space at Khoury (e.g. in /proj or /course).
    • your current space is already cleaned and compressed where possible/reasonable.
    • a faculty member or the Dean is willing to approve this request.
    If your request meets these criteria, please see a faculty member or the Dean and have them request this increase on your behalf. If you do not meet these criteria, Khoury Systems will be glad to help you make the best use of your current space.
  2. How can I tell how much space I am using and how much I have left?  If logged into a Windows desktop with your Khoury account, you can right click on your home directory and click Properties to see details of your usage.
  3. Where did all of my disk space go?  For a general idea of the disk usage of your Home Directory, you can run this command: du --exclude=.snapshot -h --max-depth=1 ~ | sort -hr. For a detailed summary of your disk allocation, running this command often helps: du --exclude=.snapshot ~ | sort -nr | more. It is pretty common for people's browser cache to use up a considerable amount of space. Try clearing your cache and see if that helps.
  4. I'd be under quota if it weren't for the .snapshot directory, can I remove it?  Your .snapshot directory is not counted in your quota. (That’s why the previous answer says to use “--exclude=.snapshot”.) The .snapshot directory is part of our online recovery system and cannot be removed.
  5. I seem to have the wrong user type, so my quota is wrong. How do I get this fixed?  Please send an email to detailing what account type you currently have and what account type you should have.

Other questions?  Please send an email to