How to Set Disk Quota Limits in Windows 7

If you’re in IT, you’ve probably come acrosss many users that are always filling up the disk space on shared servers?  In Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista, there is a way for admins to set disk quota limits per user so that no user will be able to fill up the disk.

Disk quotas can be used to monitor and control hard disk space usage. In Windows 7, this quota management feature is retained.

To begin assigning quotas, right click a drive in explorer then choose the Properties menu.  Under the Quota tab, click  the button Show Quota Settings.


Check the Enable Quota Management box as well as Deny disk space to users exceeding their quota limit.  Enter the space of the limit and a warning level.  In the example below, I set the space limit to 5GB while the warning level is 4GB.  If you want to have tracking of the users exceeding their limit, check the log event boxes.


Finally, click the OK button to activate the changes.  You will see the traffic light turn to green once the quota is activated.


Remember that this is set per hard disk partition, so if you want to limit other drives, you will need to do the same steps above for each drive.  It would have been nice if there was a tool to set the space quota for each user across the whole computer.

Ben Carigtan shows you how it’s done.

Comments [2]

  1. Why does "disk Quota" also stop showing the USED / Empty Space on my drive? Since I enabled quota…. it now only shows a white bar graph with no graphic representation of usage ?

  2. What exactly counts towards a user’s total? Is it their entire profile or just the libraries?

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