Quotas enable you to restrict the amount of disk space used by specific groups and users on a disk. You configure quotas on a per-volume basis, specifying the maximum amount of space available and whether Windows will simply warn users when they reach the limit or will actually deny the ability to add to the file system until they delete some files.
When you enable disk quotas, Windows automatically tracks quota usage for new users from that point forward. However, existing users are not affected by quota settings. You can apply quotas to existing users by adding quota entries manually.
Follow these steps to add quota entries:
- Open My Computer, right-click the volume for which you want to set quotas, and click Properties.
- Click the Quota tab.
- If quotas are not already enabled on the volume, click Enable Quota Management.
- Click Quota Entries to open the Quota Entries dialog box.
- Click Quota, New Quota Entry to open the Select Objects dialog box.
- Locate and select the user or group for which you want to add a quota entry and then click Add. Click OK.
- In the Add New Quota Entry dialog box, click Limit Disk Space To, and the specify the Limit and Warning Levels. Click OK to close the dialog box. Repeat steps 5 through 7 to add other entries as needed.
In addition to specifying a limit for a user or group, you can also add a quota entry that sets no limit on the user or group. When you create the quota entry, simply choose the option Do Not Limit Disk Usage.
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