Thursday, July 21, 2011

GMail and expanding storage

For some reason I always thought that the rate at which GMail is expanding its free storage is way faster than the rate at which new mails are eating up my GMail space. But ever since I saw a rapid jump in my GMail free space utilization way from 24% to 40% with in few months, I wanted to find out the exact amount of free space GMail adds per year.

After inspecting the source code and performing visual check, I found that GMail is adding free space at the rate of 0.000004 MB per second.

Which means per day GMail adds 0.3456 MB (0.000004 * 60 * 60 * 24) and per year 126.144 MB (0.3456 * 365).

Is this free space increase sufficient? Depends on you! For guys like me buying additional storage from Google seems like an inevitable future. But for people with less mail activity this free space addition shall be more than sufficient.

By the way nice PR Google!

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Jeremy said...

Yeah, I'm the same. I am slowly catching up with the storage limit, but I suspect it will take a long time, or a whole pile of large emails. But thanks for posting this, it was the answer I was looking for.

Raghu Nayak said...

You are welcome :)