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Set Disk Quota To Limit Storage Per User Account


On the grounds that you have multiple user accounts up and running on your computer, each user can basically do as they please by storing files and folders on the hard disk. This will eventually lead to your PC running out of storage space, hence can cause a number of Issues, such as high disk usage or loss of functionality to some extent. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to set a disk quota to limit the amount of storage space on any user account.


So what exactly Is a disk quota? Put simply, It's limiting the amount of (hard disk) storage space to Windows users. Essentially, once you set a limit, the user cannot exceed It. For example, let's say you set a 10 GB limit on the hard disk for one user account. When this limit Is reached, the user cannot add any more data to the hard disk.

It's good practice to limit the amount of hard disk storage space that each user can utilize, and I will demonstrate how to do this by using the Windows built-In Disk quota tool. Once It's set, It will only affect the user account In question, and not your own.

Do note, that this only applies to drives and partitions that are formatted with the NTFS file system. Moreover, you must also be logged In as an administrator In order enable the disk quota. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:

Once you've selected the drive that you wish to set the disk quota, right-click It and hit Properties.


Step Two:

Next, select the Quota tab, and then click the Show Quota Settings button as arrowed below.


Step Three:

Click the Limit disk space to radio button, and to the right of that, select the limit that you want to apply on the hard disk via the drop-down menu.


Step Four:

Now select both checkboxes as shown In green. For the purpose of the simplicity of this tutorial, I've enabled the disk quota to 1 MB. This means that when the threshold Is reached, the user cannot store additional data. When you've made your selection, hit the Quota Entries button.


Step Five:

It's now time to choose the user account that the disk quota will apply to, by simply double-clicking on the entry.


Step Six:

Once again. select the Limit disk space to radio button, and then enter your disk quota limit as per Step Four above. In my case, the user account Is named Windows 10, and the limit Is 1 MB. When done, hit OK.


Step Seven:

You may be prompted to finalize the process, so do exactly that by hitting OK.


Step Eight:

I've now logged Into my Windows 10 user account, and as you can see, the Local Disc C that I've applied the disk quota, has been successfully set to 1 MB. Obviously, this Is not a realistic capacity, but rather used for demonstration purposes. In the next step, let's see what happens when I try adding a file beyond It's limit.


Step Nine:

As expected, the file that I've tried adding to the hard disk, exceeds the disk quota limit.


Last Step:

Just to make sure that my administrator account has not been affected by the above disk quota, I've logged out of the Windows 10 account. As you can see, the hard disk capacity on my admin account, Is at 126 GB, thus remains unchanged.


Final Thoughts:

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, enabling the disk quota comes to good use If you have multiple users sharing your computer, and you want to set limits for either or every user account. If you find that the change has not taken effect after applying your limit, simply reboot your PC.
Enjoy 😊



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