How to Set Disk Quotas for Users on Windows 11 or 10?

If you share your computer with others, there may be times when you run out of storage because they are taking up too much space. Fortunately, Microsoft has made it simple to deal with this.

Windows 11/10 allows you to set disc space quotas so that each member has their share of disc space. They cannot store any more data on their internal or external hard drive once they have used up their allotted space. As a result, you will always have greater control over your storage space.

In this risewindows article, we will walk you through the steps of controlling user data on your PC by configuring disc quotas. 

Before you begin, keep in mind that the Windows Quota Management tool only works on drives formatted with the NTFS file system.

How to Configure the Disk Quota on Windows 11 or 10 using File Explorer?

Use the below-described steps if you want to set disk quota on Windows 11 or 10 using File Explorer:

Step 1. Start with opening File Explorer.

Step 2. After that, click on This PC in the left side navigation pane.Step 3. Then, right-click on the disk you want to limit and select Properties.Step 4. Next, switch to the Quota tab and click the Show Quota Settings.Step 5. In the next window, you need to check the box Enable quota management. It will enable disk quota management for your selected drive.

Step 6. Further, check the “Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit” option. It enforces the limitation and ensures any user who reaches the quota limit can no longer write data to the disk. Step 7. After that, choose the Limit disk space on the radio button and set the disk limit. If you want to put a 10GB disk quota, enter 10 in the first box and select the storage unit (GB) in the adjacent drop-down.

Then, set a warning level slightly lower than the disk limit. For example, we want to set a 10GB disk limit for users to select the warning level at 9GB. When users exceed the warning limit, Windows will send a reminder that they’re close to exhausting the disk space allocated to them.Step 8. Suppose you want Windows to record an event log when users exceed their disk quotas; check the “Log event when a user exceeds their quota limit” and “Log event when a user exceeds their warning level.”

Step 9. Next, click Apply.Step 10. Once you see a “Disk Quota” warning, click OK.

Step 11. Now, click on the OK in the Quota Settings window.

Step 12. Next, again, click on the OK button.

Note: It is important to note that disc quota configurations are drive-specific. If your PC has multiple disc partitions, you must repeat the preceding steps for each of your local discs if you want to limit data storage on all drives.

How to View and Adjust Disk Quota Limit?

You can also compare all user accounts’ current disc space usage to the set quota. When you set a disc storage quota limit, Windows applies it to all users on your computer. You can change or disable the disc quota limit for specific users.

Follow these steps to view and adjust the disc quota limit in Windows 11 or 10:-

Step 1. First, Open File Explorer.

Step 2. Then, click on This PC in the left side navigation pane.Step 3. After that, right-click on the disk you want to view and manage the disk limit, and select Properties.Step 4. Then, switch to the Quota tab and click the Show Quota Settings.Step 5. Now, click the Quota Entries button from the next window. Step 6. When you click on the “Quota Entries” button, a new window will open where you can find a list of users available on your PC. You can view the “Amount Used” and “Quota Limit” columns that show how much disk space a user has consumed against their allotted quota limit for each user.Step 7. You can add them manually If you don’t find a user account in the “Name” or “Logon Name” columns. Click Quota on the menu and select New Quota Entry.Step 8. Next, click on the Advanced in the “Select Users” window. Step 9. Now, click on the Find Now button.

Step 10. After that, select the account you want to include in the storage quota limitation. Step 11. Then, click on the OK button.

Step 12. Next, click again on the OK button. Step 13. After that, set or remove the disk quota limit and warning level for the user.Step 14. Then, click on the OK button.

Step 15. You can also adjust the quota limit for a specific user if you wish. Right-click on the user name and select Properties.Step 16. Next, enter a new limit and warning level. Quick Note: To delete or remove the quota limit, you need to select the option Do not limit disk usage.

Step 17. After that, click on the Apply button.

Step 18. Then, click on the OK button.

How to Configure the Disk Quota using Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 11 or 10?

If you cannot set Disk Quota using the File Explorer, you can use the Group Policy Editor to do the same. It is noted that this method will only work if you are running Windows 11/10 Pro, Education, or Enterprise. You must modify the Windows 11/10 Home edition registry to apply for that policy.

To use the Local Group Policy Editor to set the Disk Quota in Windows 11 or 10, follow these steps:-

Step 1. First, Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. After that, navigate to the following path from the left sidebar:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Disk Quotas

Step 3. Then, double-click the policy name Enable disk quotas from the right side of the “Disk Quotas” folder.Step 4. Now, tick on the Enabled option.

Step 5. Next, click on the Apply button.

Step 6. Further, click on the OK button.

Step 7. After that, double-click on the Enforce disk quota limit.

Step 8. Then, select the Enabled option.Step 9. Now, click on the Apply button.

Step 10. Next, click on the OK button.

Step 11. Further, double-click the policy name Specify the default quota limit and warning level.Step 12. After that, select the Enabled option.Step 13. Then, enter the quota limit and warning levels “Value” and “Units.”Step 14. Now, click on the Apply button.

Step 15. Next, click on the OK button.

Step 16. Further, double-click the policy name Apply the policy to removable media if you want the disk quota settings to be applied to removable or external drives.Step 17. Now, tick on the Enabled option.

Step 18. Next, click on the Apply button.

Step 19. Further, click on the OK button.

Step 20. Same way, you can configure the policies “Log event when quota limit is exceeded” and “Log event when the quota warning level is exceeded.”

Step 21. Lastly, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

How to Set the Disk Quota through Registry Editor on Windows 11 or 10?

If you want, you can use the Registry Editor to force-enable a disk quota limit if you use Windows 11/10 Home edition or due for some reason.

Follow the below-given steps to set the Disk Quota through Registry Editor on Windows 11 or 10:-

Step 1. First, Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. After that, navigate to the following path on the left side of Registry Editor: –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\DiskQuota

Step 3. Now, right-click on the “Windows NT” folder and select New > Key.Step 4. Then, name the newly created key as DiskQuota.Step 5. Next, right-click on the DiskQuota folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.Step 6. Further, name this newly created REG_DWORD as Enable.

Step 7. After that, double-click on the Enable REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to 1.Step 8. Then, click on the OK button.

Step 9. Now, right-click on the DiskQuota folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it Enforce. Double-click on it and set its “Value data” to 1.

Step 10. Next, right-click on the DiskQuota folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value to limit the disk quota. Name it as Limit. Further, double-click on it and select Base as Decimal. After that, type a number (ex: 10) in the “Value data” field for how many KB, MB, GB, TB, or EB you want to set for a default quota limit.Step 11. Then, click on the OK button.

Step 12. Further, right-click on the DiskQuota folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Now, name it as LimitUnits. Double-click on it and set its “Value data” to the following:

  • 1: Kilobyte (KB)
  • 2: Megabyte (MB)
  • 3: Gigabyte (GB)
  • 4: Terabyte (TB)
  • 5: Petabytes (PB)
  • 6: Exabytes (EB)

Step 13. Next, click on the OK.

Step 14. After that, right-click on the DiskQuota folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value to set a warning when the disk quota is about to exhaust. Then, name it Threshold. Double-click on it and select Base as Decimal. Further, type a number (ex: 9) in the “Value data” field for how many KB, MB, GB, TB, or EB you want to set for a default warning level.Step 15. After that, click on the OK button.

Step 16. Then, right-click on the DiskQuota folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it as ThresholdUnits. Further, double-click on it and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 1: Kilobyte (KB)
  • 2: Megabyte (MB)
  • 3: Gigabyte (GB)
  • 4: Terabyte (TB)
  • 5: Petabytes (PB)
  • 6: Exabytes (EB)

Step 17. Now, click on the OK.

Step 18. Next, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

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