One of the most aggravating error messages to see on your computer screen when you are hard at work and cannot save anything you’ve just completed is “Insufficient storage available...” One common cause for this is a shortage of space.
Do you know how much storage you have?
If you use a computer, tablet, or smartphone you can probably tell when your storage is filling up too fast. The first few signs to watch for are poor performance, display problems, and of course, low-storage warnings.
When your server joins the picket line
Last month a new prospect called in for technical support frantically explaining how they couldn’t save or retrieve anything on their server. They started their work day without a worry in the world, but in an instant productivity came to a screeching halt. Thankfully, we were able to work with them to quickly determine the problem. Their server actually ran out of storage completely, so no one in the office could save anything on the server at all.
A storage shortage
Tower computers and laptops are a big concern for those who use them for work daily. There is nothing worse than technical woes stalling productivity. Before it’s too late, check your tower or laptop storage with these three easy steps: 1. go to “My Computer”, 2. right click on your “C Drive”, 3. then click “Properties”
This will give you a pie chart showing exactly how much space you’ve used and how much space is still available on your machine.
What about my iPad or iPhone?
To check the storage available on your favorite Apple devices, simply open the “Settings” area, tap “General” and look at the “Usage”. From there, you can quickly determine the apps that are eating up space. Delete unused apps and alter your storage plan if you need to increase your storage.
Android storage check
Android devices are just as easy to verify. From the “home” screen, press the “Menu” button, then select “Settings” and then “Storage”. You may see a few items here, an SD card and/or phone storage. You will be able to review the space remaining on each.
Quick storage tip
Keep in mind, storage is often filled quickly with media files like pictures, videos, music, or large documents. If you’re looking to save a little extra storage, try transferring these files to an alternate storage device or cloud storage system.
Remember, your devices don’t come with infinite storage. The truth is, most people don’t even know they are dangerously close to maxing out their memory or storage capacity until it is too late and they are unable to run the programs or save items needed. So, check your computer, server, and devices annually to ensure you are always ready for your workday.
How can you tell if your server is low on storage?
There really isn’t a quick method to determine the remaining storage on your server. You must login to the server to assess the situation at hand directly. You can determine the usage of the directories in your server by viewing the root directory with the proper permissions and commands. Yeah, hahaha… that was me trying to be smarter than I actually am. So, if you’re anything like me and the word directory seems like a bad word, give us a call. Our brilliant technicians are standing by ready to geek out on your server so you can get back to what really counts, your business.
Don’t wait! If you are concerned about storage at all, just call.
Give us a call for your FREE Network Assessment. We will review your servers and computers before your storage protests. After your Network Assessment, we will present you with a full report of our findings, possible vulnerabilities and your current standing on storage. We will even recommend our best solutions to keep your company running smoothly.