How to set multiple user storage capacity limits on ext USB HD?

Jan 27, 2006
  1. Hi All,

    how does one go about setting the storage capacity limit allocations for several individual users on an external USB (250GB) HD that can be accesss through a network?


  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    Is this connected to a server or just a standalone NAS device?
  3. PFJ

    PFJ TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 132

    Hi JMMD,

    I intend adding it to the server. It's a Maxtor PS3100 USB drive. The server is a HP Netserver E800. I expect there will be about five users/clients.


  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,737   +382

    you need to have it formated as NTFS and not FAT, as it does not support
    the quota feature. The default for most thumbdrives is FAT to allow multiple
    OS system access.

    BE CAUTIOUS! Win/XP has a nightmare correctly sizing USB external drives.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Well, we are only assuming Windows here..

    From software point of view, it doesn't matter if the HD is internal or external. You set the quotas just like on any normal hard drive.
  6. PFJ

    PFJ TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 132

    thanks guys,

    the key word was 'quotas' as you mentioned. Once I knew the lingo I was able to get informed. The benefits of the NTFS is now clear and I can understand where you are coming from. It also appears that there is software out there that can help with the task of allotting quota and other cool stuff.


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