Quota for MIT Dropbox accounts will go into effect October 1, 2018

July 02, 2018

Dear Dropbox users,

More than 20,000 community members use Dropbox, the cloud-based service for storing and sharing files. Dropbox, Inc. recently announced changes to its terms of service; MIT’s users will be subject to an overall storage limit.

To comply with this change, MIT will establish a quota of 200 gigabytes (GB) per user, effective October 1, 2018. Over 90% of Dropbox users at MIT do not approach this quota and won’t need to take any action. Beginning July 9, users who are near or exceed the quota will see a notification when they access their MIT Dropbox account warning that they are near or over quota, along with a link to storage reduction tips.

Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) will work with DLCs who have users exceeding the quota. These users can either reduce their Dropbox usage, purchase additional Dropbox space, or move to alternative storage solutions. Learn more about the available options in this Knowledge Base article.

Dropbox is primarily intended to be a mechanism for sharing data rather than storing or archiving large data sets. Graduate students who may have large amounts of data related to their academic or research pursuits can work with their advisors to review options for obtaining additional storage. All other users should contact the IS&T Service Desk with inquiries.

You can check your Dropbox usage at any time. If you have questions about the Dropbox quota or your account, please see the FAQs and / or contact the IS&T Service Desk.


John Charles
Vice President for Information Systems and Technology