How can I copy disk quotas from one volume to another?

A. The NTFS version that Microsoft supplies with Windows 2000 and later OSs lets you assign user quotas so that an administrator can restrict the amount of space users can access on a per-volume basis. Although you can set global quotas for all users, you can also drill down and assign individual user quotas. Because these per-user quotas can take a long time to configure, you might prefer to export the quotas from one disk to a different volume (e.g., if your system has multiple disks, you might want to configure the same quotas on many disks).

To export quotas from a volume, perform the following steps:

  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click the volume containing the user quotas that you want to copy to another volume, then select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Select the Quota tab.
  4. Click Quota Entries.
  5. From the Quota menu, select Export.
  6. Enter a filename for the export file, then click Save.
  7. Close the Quota dialog box.

To import the quota information, perform the following steps:

  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click the volume to which you want to import the user quotas, then select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Select the Quota tab.
  4. Click Quota Entries.
  5. From the Quota menu, select Import.
  6. Select the exported file and click Open.
  7. For any quotas that already exist, the OS will ask you whether you want to replace the existing file and whether you want to perform this action on all conflicts.
  8. Close the Quota dialog box.
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