What are my options to increase storage space?

Can I increase storage size on a linode without switching to a new plan?

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Before considering your choices, depending on how much space you think you need, it might be best to determine how much space you currently have available to do so. To get started, please run the following command:

df -h

You should see output like the following (please note yours will look different):

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/root        20G  2.3G   17G  13% /
devtmpfs        488M     0  488M   0% /dev
tmpfs           490M     0  490M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           490M   51M  440M  11% /run
tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs           490M     0  490M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs            98M     0   98M   0% /run/user/1000

Once you get the output for your linode, if you determine that you do need more space, you have a few options:

1. Resize your current disk.

https://www.linode.com/docs/quick-answers/linode-platform/resize-a-linode-disk

Depending on how much space you have used on your current disk, you may have the option of increasing your storage by increasing the size of your disks. To do so, click on the Edit link to the right of the disk you would like to make bigger. You will be then taken to a screen from which you will be able to resize your disk.

2. Resize your linode.

https://www.linode.com/docs/platform/disk-images/resizing-a-linode

Depending on your needs, you can resize your Linode by going to the Resize tab and choosing a Linode of appropriate size.

3. Attach block storage to existing linode.

https://linode.com/docs/platform/how-to-use-block-storage-with-your-linode/

Your third option would be to attach additional storage. A single volume can range from 10 GiB to 10,000 GiB in size and costs $0.10/GiB per month. The Block Storage service is available now in production in the us-west/Fremont region only. In order to add a volume to your current linode, you may need to migrate the desired linode to Fremont or spin up a new linode there.

Extra credit. If you are interested in the block storage and can operate out of our Fremont datacenter, to be extra cautious, you may want to clone your current linode and deploy the image, of appropriate size, to an instance spun up in Fremont. Attach a volume of appropriate size to the cloned linode and play with it for a while. That will help you make the decision of whether you would like to move your production linode(s) to Fremont, beyond just for storage reasons.

https://linode.com/docs/platform/disk-images/clone-your-linode/

Hello, I come to provide an update from the future.

I'm happy to say that Block Storage volumes are now able to be created in every datacenter, save for Atlanta. BSVs are an excellent way to bump up your Linode's storage space without spending more for (potentially unneeded) performance upgrades, and I'd highly recommend giving them a try if you're curious!

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