gmail quota = 1 terabyte

GMail quota of 1 terabyte

I haven’t heard about the reasoning or if it’s here to stay, but my GMail account quota just went up from 1000MB to 1000000MB, otherwise known as a terabyte.

Update: The quota has been changed back to a Gigabyte. It was fun while it lasted though.


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  1. They must have installed a few more hard drives, eh?

    Comment by jason on May 18, 2004 @ 9:56 am
  2. My theory is that they don’t have 1TB allocated for each user, but they have enough space that based on the average person’s mailbox, everyone can have virtually unlimited storage.

    Comment by dan on May 18, 2004 @ 10:04 am
  3. HEHEH! =] I just saw this, did you Photoshop that?

    Comment by Henry Erich III on May 18, 2004 @ 12:35 pm
  4. I’m showing the same thing on mine, too! Probably just a fluke. I don’t possibly see how Google could sustain an unlimited number of users with an unlimited amount of storage.

    Comment by Aaron Pratt on May 18, 2004 @ 12:49 pm
  5. Me too:

    Though I’m sure it’s some kind of bug, it sure would be nice if it were real!

    Comment by Brian on May 18, 2004 @ 1:00 pm
  6. Henry: No photoshop, that’s an untouched screenshot.

    It may be a fluke, like Aaron said, then again, people thought 1GB of e-mail was an April Fools joke.

    Comment by dan on May 18, 2004 @ 2:29 pm
  7. Me three:

    Perhaps they’re responding to Yahoo’s announcement that their free email users will get 100MB? lol

    Comment by Elliot Lee on May 18, 2004 @ 5:27 pm
  8. Me four:

    Comment by Chris on May 18, 2004 @ 5:47 pm
  9. Same here.

    Comment by Jay on May 18, 2004 @ 8:23 pm
  10. Is Gmail now offering approx. 1 Terabyte????
    Rumors started flying today on Orkut (the Google social networking service) that some users had account limits of 1,000,000 MB not 1,000 MB. I initially thought that this was simply someone having some fun with photoshop but it now appears that numer…

    Trackback by A Random Walk Down Tech Street on May 18, 2004 @ 10:18 pm
  11. Mine has it too:

    Just wondering how long this will last before they fix it…


    Comment by scott on May 18, 2004 @ 11:09 pm
  12. How Many Zeroes Are There?
    Many users in Orkut claimed that their Gmail account quota has been boosted from 1,000 MB to 1,000,000 MB (or a tetrabyte, though someone pointed out that 1 tetrabyte should be equal to 1,048,576 MB). Some people are putting up…

    Trackback by random thoughts on May 19, 2004 @ 1:13 am
    I guess all of us are sailing in the same boat. :)

    Comment by Sanjay Vyas on May 19, 2004 @ 2:28 am
  14. I’m in too!

    Comment by vfwlkr on May 19, 2004 @ 2:46 am
  15. was only temporary.. :(

    Comment by hrish on May 19, 2004 @ 4:15 am
  16. Need a Terabyte – be a lucky user of Gmail

    Trackback by eWorld.UI - Matt Hawley on May 19, 2004 @ 5:47 am
  17. guys,
    could you send invatation to test GMail to me?

    Comment by ral on May 19, 2004 @ 6:01 am
  18. Gmail Offering 1 Terabyte of Space
    It looks like some special Gmail users received a surprise by having their Gmail account storage bumped up from 1,000MB to 1,000,000MB. Elliot Lee’s blog reported this yesterday, so did this blog. C|Net reported on this later on that day,…

    Trackback by Search Engine Roundtable on May 19, 2004 @ 7:02 am
  19. Uh-oh. Looks like you’re getting hit by random people begging for invitations (as opposed to people you know, heh). But I never did see the one-terabyte figure on my Gmail account!

    Comment by Meredith on May 19, 2004 @ 7:25 am
  20. Mine never had more than 1000MB…:( It may have just been for lucky users. Can anyone confirm that they had it and now they don’t?


    Comment by Matt on May 19, 2004 @ 8:43 am
  21. Dang. They took it away. My quota is back to 1000MB now.

    Comment by dan on May 19, 2004 @ 8:56 am
  22. I still own a TB of storage, how long will it last, though? probably wouldn’t have noticed unless I read about it in online news.

    Comment by christian on May 19, 2004 @ 9:00 am
  23. mine is still at a TB as well

    Comment by joe cool on May 19, 2004 @ 10:01 am
  24. Joe and Christian: I’m guessing it will go back to 1000MB pretty soon, at least all the ones on Orkut that were still at a TB did.

    Comment by dan on May 19, 2004 @ 10:08 am
  25. 1000 gigan sähköposti
    Google kokeilee mahdollisesti 1000 gigan sähköpostipalvelua – tai sitten kyseessä on lipsahdus….

    Trackback by Nicklas Koski on May 19, 2004 @ 11:32 am

    Comment by PatHaugen on May 19, 2004 @ 12:08 pm
  27. Gmail

    Trackback by Rachel's Blogging .NET (mostly) on May 19, 2004 @ 12:13 pm
  28. I’ve seen that same article at which a Slashdot post linked to.

    Comment by dan on May 19, 2004 @ 4:03 pm
  29. I’m all back to 1000 MB. Is there anyone that still happens to have 1 TB? Do Google employees get 1 TB? (I heard that somewhere…)


    Comment by scott on May 20, 2004 @ 2:18 pm
  30. Scott: I’ve heard the same thing about Google employees having 1000GB, but I don’t know for sure if it’s true.

    Comment by dan on May 20, 2004 @ 3:23 pm
  31. Hey there, you can get a free GMail account at

    ***Sorry Dan if I am spamming. You can delete my post if you think I am***

    Comment by Indranil on June 22, 2004 @ 10:15 am
  32. Hi there, nice blog. Wondered, have your guests been to our forujm for Google Gmail? The forum can be found at: There you will find literally thousands of people looking to help you with Gmail. Hope we can help your bloggers.


    Comment by John Carver on July 27, 2004 @ 11:01 am
  33. Hey guys, mine showed, is showing, and i thinnk will be showing 1000mb only…..people say a bug, what are google programmers doing that they have such mistakes??? can you imagine how many 1000mb they can still give out………1000mb seems soo small now :( after 1 terabyte……….one more question….i wonder just wonder, howmany hard drives do they use???

    Comment by gmailer on March 17, 2005 @ 5:11 pm
  34. gmailer: Who said it was a bug to have 1000MB? All normal Gmail accounts have 1000MB. It was just a glitch for a day or two when it jumped to 1000000MB.

    I have no idea how many hard drives they have.

    Comment by dan on March 17, 2005 @ 6:10 pm
  35. this is very good apportunity to acuir g-mail benifets

    thanks & best Regard

    Comment by M. Irfan-ul-Haq on May 13, 2005 @ 6:01 am
  36. i want to open my e-mail account in Gmail

    pls give me link for opining gmail account

    Comment by sanjit on May 20, 2005 @ 7:37 pm
  37. sanjit: Ah… (or even

    Comment by dan on May 23, 2005 @ 8:02 am
  38. i want 1 terabyte gmail account. plz send me invitation.

    Comment by dj on May 30, 2005 @ 10:13 pm
  39. dj: Read the entry again, especially the update.

    Comment by dan on May 31, 2005 @ 12:23 am
  40. Dear any Expert

    I have confused, how possible to give Gigabte Gigabyte free email space for every user for Free email service provider ??

    Is there use any virtual technique ? otherwise which technology they are using. Can Any expert Solve my Questions answer ?
    If I get my answer then I will be very Happy.

    Salauddin Salim
    [email protected]

    Comment by Salauddin Salim on November 9, 2005 @ 12:54 am
  41. Help!
    Does anyone know what the limit of emails per day is? I seem to have set off Gmail’s spam detector. Call me foolish, but I have about 3000 names and I wanted to tell everyone about a few things-some classes I am starting to teach on April 8th AND the fact that I am in a movie which is being submitted to Cannes. (This is my first acting experience and I am the lead!What a surprise!)
    Anyway, I set off the spam detector and am now in a jam. I sent two emails to the Gmail powers that be, but who knows what that means?.
    I am sorry if this is off track, but any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance,

    Stephen Black
    PSmy account is [email protected], but for the moment I’ll have to reply from another account….

    Comment by stephen black on March 28, 2006 @ 12:48 pm
  42. I have erased almost all my stored mail!
    Still, I only receive limited amount of mail.
    Still, this notice “your email could not be sent because you have exceeded your storage quota…” appears every time I try to send a mail!
    Still, “You are currently using 2858 MB (99%) of your 2858 MB.” stays written in red!
    What should I do to keep using my gmail account.
    Many thanks in advance for a reply to solve my problem.


    Comment by Oya Kayacan on May 31, 2007 @ 12:01 am
  43. Have you emptied your trash? You could also search for e-mails with attachments and delete those. If you’ve erased almost all your stored mail, then you might have a few e-mails with huge attachments.

    You could also remove your sent mail.

    Comment by dan on May 31, 2007 @ 7:48 am
  44. When I send an email. They don’t seem to get anything but a blank. and it also shows I have 0 on my 1000MB. Thank you

    Comment by ann bruton on July 1, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

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