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For Window users switching to Linux or Ubuntu, performing simple tasks can be a challenge. One simple task such as checking free and used hard drive disk space on Ubuntu, is easy using the graphical utility Disk Usage Analyzer or from a Terminal window using the command df.
If Parkinson's Law for computers holds true, then no matter how much disk space you have, it will get used up. If you're already feeling a pinch, consider using a disk space analyzer tool to see what's eating your space.
Ubuntu doesn’t require a lot of disk space to install, but if you’ve installed in a virtual machine with a small virtual drive, or partitioned most of your disk for your /home, you may need to free up some space on a system occasionally.
Sufficient quantity of free disk space is an absolute necessity irrespective of the Linux distro that you run. We can find out statistics about disk usage with certain simple command line utilities. Let us explore a few of them
One task that every one should do it is deleting useless files. If you do not, you will run out of disk space inevitably. Then, you will wonder where my disk space has gone? Filelight is the answer to you. Filelight creates an interactive map of concentric, segmented rings that help visualize disk usage on your computer.
Over the past few years space on my server would increase based on the deals found on sites like Slickdeals. After some time this lead to a mishmash of two PATAs and one SATA at 120Gb, 160Gb, and 200Gb respectively on my personal media server. Glad as I was to have all this space it started to become disk management issue since I wanted the bulk of the space consolidated for media.