How to use Disk Quotas in Windows 10


Let’s say for a moment that it’s been a big family dinner and you’ve got one massive pie left for dessert. You ask who wants pie, and four people each say they want pie. You divide the pie equally among the four people and each person receives the same size slice. 

Before you’re done serving, though, not only has one person eaten their entire slice, but they’re actively trying to eat some of the pie from the person next to them. It won’t take long for them to be told no, and like it or not, they’ve had their fair share.

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Disk quotas are very much like this scenario: multiple people sharing the storage with a maximum amount of total storage available. To manage this, everyone is given a particular amount of space assigned to them — sometimes more, sometimes less depending on need. Sometimes it’s possible to get away with just asking someone “hey, can you try to keep your used space below this amount, please?” Other times, though, they can completely surpass that amount without even trying, just due to the way that data grows. That’s where disk quotas come into play.

What are disk quotas?

The first thing we need to clarify is our terminology, because there are actually two different types of disk quotas: file-based and space-based. File-based limits the number of files that a user can create, while space-based limits the amount of disk space a user can use to store data. For the purposes of Windows 10, we’re going to focus solely on the space-based limits as that is what they focus on significantly more. 

Disk quotas in the context of Windows 10, and by extension Windows Server, revolve around assigning users and user groups limits to how much space (Read more...)

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