Filesystem block sampling to identify user consumption of storage resources

US Patent 10,459,884
October 29, 2019

Providing a statistical analysis of all files in a file system based on random sampling of data blocks to identify individual user consumption of file system resources and characteristics of the files stored in the file system. In one or more of the various embodiments, the file system is based on information for a plurality of cylinder groups. Also, each cylinder group may include at one or more known locations at least three types of data structures that enable reverse mapping of data blocks to root directories.