ALM application is consuming too much space in repository drive

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Yesterday, I was generating some project exports (QCP files) for some project archives.
I opened a few instances of IE and went into Site Admin on each one and started the Project Export process on different projects. It worked fine for a few small ones, so I asked some colleagues to help and we kicked off many QCP’s, then it crashed and I noticed the D-Drive (where my project repository is) was all of a sudden almost out of disk space!
I used a file size search tool and discovered there were many QCP files with cryptic names written into the Repository\\Export folder. — These are what is eating up my disk space!

I have never seen them there before, can I delete them?

How did they get there?

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First of all, I hope you realize that using multiple Site Admin instances like this is just adding a ''burden'' to the server and too many QCP generation requests will at least slow down your entire ALM server activity.
It may have certainly caused the ''crash''.

During QCP creation, ALM uses the ''export'' folder as a scratch drive and writes temporary QCP files there as it creates them, then copies to your desired target location as it finishes.
If it ''crashes'' for some reason during this process, it will not have a chance to ''clean-up'' after itself, leaving the QCP files behind.

YES, you can and should delete all of these ''temp'' QCP files from this folder if you see any there.

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