System administrators can set disk quotas to limit certain aspects of the file system usage of the Windows operating system.
There are two types of quotas that can be used. The first, known as usage quota or block quota, limits the disk space that can be used. The second, known as a file quota or inode quota, limits the number of files and directories that can be created.
Disk quotas are most commonly used by system administrators when they want to limit the amount of storage space that a user account has available. This is common within an organization both so the hard drive space isn’t filled up and so that each user gets their fair share of space on the disk.
In Windows, disk quotas are limited to NTFS file systems. Administrators can use the event log to give warnings when users are close to using up their allocated quota level and to prevent the user from using up any additional space on the disk once the quota limit has been exceeded.
The following tutorial demonstrates how to enable or disable disk quotas when you’re using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.
Method One: How to Enable/Disable Disk Quotas for Specific NTFS Drive in Drive Properties
You can enable and disable the disk quotas for a specific NTFS drive from the drive properties dialog from File Explorer.
How to Enable Disk Quotas
1. Open File Explorer and then click on “This PC” from the Navigation pane.
2. Right-click the drive you want to enable disk quotas for and then click on “Properties” from the drive’s content menu.
3. From the Quota tab, click on the “Show Quota Settings” button.
4. Check the box next to where it says “Enable quota management” and then click on the “OK” button to save the changes.
5. Click on “OK” when you get the Disk Quota warning.
How to Disable Disk Quotas
1. Navigate to the same Quota Settings of the drive and this time check the box next to where it says “Enable quota management” and then click on “OK” to save the changes.
2. Click on “OK” when you get the Disk Quota warning.
Method Two: How to Enable/Disable Disk Quotas for Specific NTFS Drive in Command Prompt
You can enable and disable the disk quotas for a specific NTFS drive from the Command Prompt.
1. Open the elevated Command Prompt.
2. To enable the disk quotas, type the following command and then press the “Enter” key on your keyboard:
fsutil quota track <drive letter>:
3. To disable the disk quotas, type the following command and then press the “Enter” key on your keyboard:
fsutil quota disable <drive letter>:
Method Three: How to Enable/Disable Disk Quotas for All NTFS Drives in Local Group Policy Editor
You can enable and disable disk quotas for any NTFS drive by using the Local Group Policy Editor.
1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
2. In the console tree of the snap-in, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Disk Quotas
3. In Disk Quotas right pane, click on the “Enable disk quotas” policy setting.
4. From the Enable disk quotas policy window, choose between “Not configured” (turn off disk quotas), “Enabled” (enabled disk quotas), or “Disabled (disabled disk quotas).