A little housework
“It keeps telling me I’ve run out of space, but I’ve deleted loads of stuff!”
That was the cry of one of our teachers when she brought her laptop to me today. The machine had other issues too, but top of her complaints list was not being able to save new documents due to a supposed lack of disk space. This was perfectly feasible; we have quotas on staff Documents folders since they are synchronised to the server storage, and we’ve been stung before by people ripping their entire CD collection via iTunes on a weekend and then ravaging the server when their laptop synchronises on Monday morning.
After a quick check, I informed the teacher that, yes, she was using almost all of her quota. After a few more insistent retellings of how much she’d deleted, I ran a quick check on the size of each subfolder to narrow down where the space was being eaten up.
I quickly found it.
In the Recycle Bin.
The Recycle Bin had not been emptied in 18 months, and accounted for more than half her quota usage.
I gently explained, to a very embarrassed face, that the Recycle Bin is not like the actual recycling at home that is taken away by the council every fortnight. You have to empty it yourself.