MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2010 keep a record of the total storage consumed by each Site collection; this is presented in Central Administration within the Site Collection Quotas and Locks page and also the Storage Space Allocation page within each Site collection in MOSS 2007. This figure is used by SharePoint to determine if a Site collection is exceeding its configured storage quota.
Both the "Space Used" value on the "Storage Space Allocation site (_layouts/storman.aspx), and the "Current storage used" value under "Site
Collection Quotas and Locks" in Central Administration get their value directly from the "DiskUsed" value in the Sites table. The value of the "DiskUsed" column is size in bytes.
Moss 2010 :
Occasionally this figure can be incorrect and may not accurately reflect the total amount of storage that is actually being consumed by the Site collection. If you ever encounter this scenario you can tell SharePoint to recalculate this figure by using the Windows PowerShell commands below, these use the RecalculateStorageUsed method as described in –
Simply replace the highlighted URL with that of the Site collection that you want to recalculate and then either run the commands manually or save as a .ps1 file and execute as a script.
$URL = "http://Moss2007"
$Site = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite($URL)
$URL = "http://Sp2010"
$Site = Get-SPSite -identity $URL
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Thanks to Brendan Griffin for his valuable inputs for the post
POST BY :Rajan Kapoor [MSFT]