Thursday, January 30, 2014

House Keeping Disk Usage in Ubuntu

One important thing to do is house keeping your disk space in your computer.  I use Ubuntu server to keep files, sharing drive, store music collections, download things from internet, time machine backup drives, photo and video collections, etc.  I also setup shared folders for family usage to exchange files between computers in my network.

In many cases, most of files in the server are no longer needed after few months.  Those files are only sitting there abandoned and never be used again.

In this article I will share few easy steps that I regularly do.  I prefer do the house keeping manually, make sure I carefully delete files and folders that I don't use anymore.

Open your terminal, then check your physical drives:

sudo fdisk -l

Then check available space on each volume:

df -h

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1        71G   10G   57G  15% /
udev            1.6G  4.0K  1.6G   1% /dev
tmpfs           656M  812K  655M   1% /run
none            5.0M  8.0K  5.0M   1% /run/lock
none            1.7G     0  1.7G   0% /run/shm
/dev/sdb1       278G  263G   15G  95% /media/files
/dev/sdc1       489G  481G  7.9G  99% /media/backup

/dev/sdc2       444G   94G  350G  22% /media/share

You can see few of volumes are almost full. Then you can go to each volume to check which files you plan to delete.

ls -lha /your_folder_name

To delete a folder type this command:

sudo rm -rfv /your_folder_name/

Please be caution that the command will delete the entire folder including all subfolders and files. Make sure you have checked its contents carefully. Now you have more space in your drives.

1 comment:

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