Disk space shoot up suddenly and then back to earlier

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2016-11-16 13:15:14 UTC

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2017-08-08 13:20:55 UTC

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Disk space shoot up suddenly and then back to earlier

Applicable to:

  • Plesk 12.0 for Linux

Question

The disk usage in the server are being increased suddenly to 99% every day at one time, then after sometime, it will back to normal. There are no any backup processes running.

What can cause this sudden spike in disk space at that time?

Answer

Check if there any antiviruses running on the server. For example, Kaspersky can extract a large compressed file to scan for viruses.

For deep investigation atop Linux utility can be used.

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