What is disk quota and how to install them for users in Windows
Not everyone knows this, but Windows allows you to set limits on the disk space usage of the computer used by more than one person. This ensures that the space on a particular drive or partition will never be filled, only one user account. Let’s see how to set these limits.
What is disk quota?
First, you should be aware that disk quotas are a management tool space on NTFS drives or partitions. By setting quotas, the computer administrator can specify the amount of space on a disk or partition that will be accessible to the user for storage information.
The administrator can enforce restrictions on the disk quota that the user cannot exceed. This means that when the user exceeds the limit of its disk quota, he or she can no longer save new data. In addition, the administrator can specify threshold alerts so that the user could know in advance about approaching their limit.[/b]
What you need to know about managing disk quotas
- To have the ability to set disk quotas, and to apply the quota limits, you must use a Windows account that has administrative privileges. Normal users can’t set quotas.
- Hard drives (or SSD) must use the NTFS file system. Disk quotas are not supported for disks with the old FAT32 file system.
- Windows allows you to set quotas for disk and partitions.
- If you have multiple drives or partitions you will have to set quota limits for each one of them individually.
How to set quotas for each account
[b]NOTE: Screenshots for this article were done on Windows 8.1, but the steps to enable disk quotas in Windows 7 and Windows 10 are exactly the same.
Now, open «file Explorer.» Then click the right mouse button on the drive to which you want to apply quota, and in the context menu select «Properties».
In the drive properties click the Quota tab, and then click on «Show quota settings».
The window «Options quota» is the place where you need to perform settings required to ensure compliance with quota limits on each user computer.
First and foremost, you need to enable quota management. To do this, check the corresponding option.
Now you can proceed directly to setting quota limits. To do this, activate the option «do Not allocate disk space when quota is exceeded». Then select «Select disk» and enter a numeric value for the quota limit.
If you want the operating system notifies the user about approaching his limit, then set the value for the field «Threshold alerts».
How to enable disk quotas for individual users
You may want to limit disk space usage on the selected drive is not for everyone, but only for some of them. Fortunately, Windows allows this.
Click on the «quota Entries».
Double click on the name of the user for whom you want to set a quota.
Enable the option «Select disk» and specify how much disk space this particular user can use on the selected disk.
If you want, you can set threshold alerts, but you can leave this field blank.
Then click OK to close the window «quota Entries» and apply changes in the window «Options quota».
What will happen when the user will reach the limit of their disk quota
If you exceed your disk quota, the user will see a message about running out of space, he can no longer write new data to the disk until then, until you free up the disk space by clearing the recycle bin, removing unneeded files, programs, etc.
How to log events for disk quotas
If you also want the operating system to record each event quota, then check the box «Registration quota was exceeded by the user» and «Registration exceeded the warning threshold» in the «quota Settings».
Each event can be viewed in the window «event Viewer».
Finally, all your settings have been saved, click «Apply». When Windows asks you to confirm again what do you want to enable disk quotas, click OK.
As you can see, the process of enabling and configuring quotas is very simple and does not require too much effort. But the benefits of this feature is only in the case if the computer is used by more than one user.