How To: Setup Hard Disk Drive Space Quota In Windows Vista
You can easily setup a Hard Disk Drive Space Quota in Windows Vista to set maximum space usage limits for user accounts with a warning or deny message when the user reaches the usage limits you set.This Disk Quota Management feature in Windows Vista is particularly useful if you have many users accessing the same computer and you would like to restrict the hard disk space for users.
Each drive in Windows Vista has separate quota settings, and the actions you take on one volume do not affect the other volumes. For example, a computer might have a single hard disk divided into three volumes: drives C, D, and E. Each of these drives will have separate quota settings. You can enable disk quotas on drives C and D, yet disable them on drive E. Likewise, you can grant users 100 megabytes of disk space on drive C, and 100 megabytes of disk space on drive D.In other words, when managing disk quotas the actions you take on one volume do not affect the other volumes in any way. If you allocate User A 100 megabytes of disk space on drive C, this does not also give User A 100 megabytes of disk space on drives D and E. If you disable disk quotas on drive D, the quotas remain enabled on drives C and E.
Follow the steps below to limit the hard disk space usage in Windows Vista by enabling the Disk Quota management feature
- Open Computer from Windows Vista Start menu.
- Right-click the drive you want to configure disk quotas on (C: drive in this example) and then click Properties.
- Click the Quota tab.
- Click Show Quota Settings.
- Check off Enable quota management.
- Check off Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit if you want to strictly enforce the limit. This is optional and not recommended because it can cause data loss and application failures.
- Select Limit disk space to and give it an amount. Don’t forget to change KB to GB.
- You also need to give Set warning level to a value just under the quota limit.
- If you want to be able to tell if people are approaching or exceeding their quotas check off the two log event settings.
- Click OK to enable disk quotas on that drive.
Note:You must have administrator privileges to do the above steps.