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Do Gmail emails take up space on HDD?

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rogerbid

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Hi, I received the following from a friend and initially took it at face value, then I thought about it:

"No wonder my laptop was choking, I had over 6,000 emails going back to 2012 !!! I didn't realise how many were building up in the SENT box, the DELETEd box looks after itself, cleans itself out every 30 days or so, but I didn't think about how MANY emails and attending files were stacking up."

I recall when using Windows Live, copies of Hotmail emails would be stored in the Users folder but my friend uses Gmail. Am I right thinking Gmail items are kept only in Google storage, or is there actually a copy retained in Windows 10 somewhere?

(I have posted this question on the Linux page but not sure how many people read that section, didn't seem to be many recent posts).

Thanks,

Roger B

Edited by rogerbid, 24 August 2021 - 09:02 PM.

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Hi,

 

It depends how you access the emails, if you use a mail client then yes it stores the messages you read/write on the local HDD, if you use only the gmail web interface then no.

 

Are you on Windows or Linux? It doesn't make sense to post in both sections!


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Just been investigating this subject as I am running out of of storage space for my Gmail; I have 5 devices using Gmail, including my mobile phone.

Gmail stores files from any synced device, in the cloud (gmail Drive) and only uses your device storage, PC, mobile, if you download something, like attachments, photos, PDF, etc, 

OR, if you turn on offline mode.

To manage drive space, > open gmail > click inbox > at the bottom of the window, click ???GB of 15GB used > In the window that opens > scroll down and click on > manage storage space.   In the window that opens, manage as you like, warning remember that when deleting any files here, they will be lost forever.

 

If you have offline storage turned on, read this, > https://support.goog...r/7684186?hl=en

Further info on Google Drive > https://www.cloudwar...gle-drive-work/

 

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Yes. However, it is very small that you shouldn't worry about it.


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Anytime that you have mail that is on your system: meaning that the Do you have a client on your system that you read email from such as outlook for example: you have email that is being written sent and the email is in your sent box. Every time you send email you are using up Drive space. In Linux, the same thing happens:  I use alpine on my Linux machine.

 

What  happens is you do have mail that is archived or saved in your sent folder and you have to clear that out as well as any folders that are in Alpine. Regardless of what client you use, do you still have mail that is in your spool.  You should clean out those folders to be able to get more space in your mail spool or on your drive. As an administrator, you have to login as root every once in a while, and check the var/spool/mail. I use a GUI interface Take care of that in a module. You can look at each users email to see how much it is being used space wise. Every once in a while you should go in and clear that to make sure that you have space on your drive if I believe that your users  mail is getting too big.

 

you would be surprised how much space is being used either on a Windows machine, a Mac, or a Linux box. It can be, and can make a difference for disk space. With local disk space being important, there are several temporary files that also could be checked for.  Make sure to check all temporary directories as well as any place where you have any .Z, .zip, .tar, or any other archive file. You’d be amazed at how much space is being taken up by these as well. When I was a member of Tallahassee Freenet, we had a rule that you could only have a certain amount of space, and the system was set up to find and delete any large archive files after about two weeks.

 

good luck!

 

Brian


Edited by **Brian**, 08 October 2021 - 08:49 AM.

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Hi Brian,

 

Thank you so much for the comprehensive reply.  This was all new to me, I appreciate it!

 

Best wishes,

 

Roger


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