Posted by : Harish K V Wednesday, 27 February 2013
If you and your family share a computer and you would like to prevent other users from filling the internal hard disk with downloads, you can easily do so with individual user accounts. With individual user accounts, every member is allocated an area to save his/her data. However, if you would like to provide a limited amount of space on the hard disk to every user account, Windows can manage memory allocations. To do this, start Windows Explorer, click with the right mouse button on the icon of the hard disk for which you would like to set up memory allocations. Then select the command 'Properties' in the context menu, activate the tab for 'Quota' in the following dialogue and select 'Show quota settings'. For this, you require administrator rights so must either be using the elevated account or provide the appropriate password when prompted. Put a tick in front of 'Enable quota management' to limit storage space for user accounts. Also activate the option 'Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit'. You can now define a standard limit for new users. To specify user accounts, click 'Quota entries'. Windows will present all user accounts in a list with their settings for storage limits as well as the location currently in use. You can see absolute values as well as proportional usage of the restricted memory amount. If an account is missing in the list, create a new entry for it with 'Quota' | 'New quota entry'. For conformation, double click any user account. In the following dialogue, you can specify the maximum memory amount for the account as well as a warning threshold level. Exit the dialogue with 'OK' or by clicking the red cross icon on the title bar. Now if the amount of data a user has reaches the warning level of the limit of the memory quota, Windows will show a notification on the taskbar.
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