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Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10

Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10: If you have more than one user account on your PC then enabling Disk Quota makes sense, as you don’t want any user to use up all the disk space. In such cases, the administrator can enable Disk Quota from where they can allocate each user a specific amount of disk space on the NTFS file system volume. Additionally, Administrators can optionally configure the system to log an event when the user are near their quota, and they can either deny or allow further disk space to users who have exceeded their quota.

Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10

When users reach an enforced disk quota limit, the system responds as though the physical space on the volume were exhausted. When users reach an unenforced limit, their status in the Quota Entries window changes, but they can continue to write to the volume as long as physical space is available. Anyway, without wasting any time let’s see How to Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed tutorial.

Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10 Drive Properties

1.First, you need to Enable Disk Quota, if you haven’t then follow this tutorial.

2.Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer then from the left-hand menu click on This PC.

3.Now right-click on the NTFS drive [Example Local Disk (D:)] you want to enable or disable the disk quotas for and then select Properties.

Right-click on the NTFS drive and then select Properties

4.Switch to the Quota tab then click on “Show Quota Settings“.

Switch to the Quota tab then click on Show Quota Settings

5.Now checkmarkDeny disk space to users exceeding quota limit” if you want to enable Enforce Disk Quota Limits then click OK.

Checkmark Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit

6.If you want to Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits then uncheck “Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit” and click OK.

Uncheck Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit

Method 2: Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Registry Editor

Note: If you use this method then the “Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit” option in quotas tab will be disabled by the system and you won’t be able to use Method 1 or Method 4.

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following registry key:

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

Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Registry Editor

Note: If you can’t find DiskQuota then right-click on Windows NT then select New > Key and then name this key as DiskQuota.

Right-click on Windows NT then select New then Key

3.Right-click on DiskQuota then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value then name this DWORD as Enforce and hit Enter.

Right-click on DiskQuota then select New and then click on DWORD (32-bit) Value

4.Now double-click on Enforce DWORD to change it’s value to:

0 = Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits
1 = Enable Enforce Disk Quota Limits

To Enable Enforce Disk Quota Limits set the value of Enforce DWORD to 1

5.Click OK and close registry editor.

Method 3: Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10  Using Group Policy Editor

Note: This method won’t work for Windows 10 Home Edition, this method is only for Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise Edition.

1.Press Windows Key + R then type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.

gpedit.msc in run

2.Navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Disk Quotas

3.Make sure to select Disk Quotas then in right window pane double-click on Enforce disk quota limit policy.

Double click on Enforce disk quota limit policy in gpedit

4.Now in the “Enforce disk quota limit” policy properties use the following settings:

Enabled = Enable Enforce Disk Quota Limits (Administrators will not be able to disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits via method 1 & 4)
Disabled = Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits (Administrators will not be able to enable Enforce Disk Quota Limits via method 1 & 4)
Not Configured = Enforce Disk Quota Limits will be disabled but Administrators will be able to enable it by using method 1 & 2.

Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Group Policy Editor

Note: Either you enable or disable the above policy, the “Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit” option in quotas tab will be disabled by the system and you won’t be able to use Method 1 or Method 4.

5.Click Apply followed by OK.

6.Close Group Policy editor then restart your PC.

Method 4: Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Command Prompt

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

fsutil quota enforce X:

Enable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Command Prompt

Note: Replace X: with the actual drive letter for which you want to enable enforce disk quota limits for (ex fsutil quota enforce D:).

3.Now to disable enforce disk quota limits, simply use the following command and hit Enter:

fsutil quota disable X:

Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Command Prompt

Note: Replace X: with the actual drive letter for which you want to enforce disk quota limits for (ex fsutil quota disable D:).

4.Close the command prompt and reboot your PC.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Enable or Disable Enforce Disk Quota Limits in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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