Updating Your RCS Account Quota

The AFS system is a global networked file system. Files stored in AFS are backed up regularly, with backup files retained for up to two years. The AFS directories are accessible from RCS Unix remote access servers, and can be accessed from laptops through the AFS client or a secure file transfer protocol such as SCP.

The files stored in AFS can be used to implement student web pages accessible from www.rpi.edu, and can be used to archive important files to protect them from permanent loss.

Students and Faculty

RCS accounts for students and faculty are given 250 megabytes of disk space. This cannot be increased.


RCS accounts for staff are given 25 megabytes of disk space.

If you choose to increase your quota, you will be charged 25 cents per megabyte per month for up to 50 MB; each additional megabyte over 50 MB costs 15 cents per megabyte per month. Disk quota increases are limited to a total of 250 MB.

Please note that you will be charged for extra disk space whether you are using your account or not. Therefore, if you are going to be away for a semester or more, or you leave campus during the summer, you might want to clean up your files and reduce your disk quota. Be sure that you have reduced the actual space that you are using (by deleting files), before you request that your disk quota be reduced.

It can take up to 24 hours to process a quota change request; you will receive electronic mail confirming the completed transaction.


For Departmental or Club file storage requests or increases in quota, please see Departmental Disk Space.

Increasing Disk Space for a Locker:

If you want to increase disk space for an AFS locker, you need to complete a Locker Quota Change Request form, available through RPInfo or at the Help Desk in the VCC. An authorizing signature from your department is required.