Post by VanguardLH
Since you did not attribute someone's original thread (by replying to
it), you did not solve anyone's problem. You made an announcement.
Maybe I should have called it a PSA?
I think the solution is akin to (but different from) for example, this one:
Given it's a common question that has no good answers (IMHO) until now, I'm
surprised about the objection to the title, but your objection is fair
enough that there was no attribute to a specifically stated problem in the
OP, where we all know the question is extremely common of how best to limit
the size of a folder on Windows.
Unfortunately, I don't know of Windows 10 or Windows 7 archives on Google
Groups for which to belatedly point to those references for you, where I
can easily find a related question on alt.backup-software
Or in alt.comp.freeware
Googling outside of Usenet for the common question of limiting the size of
a Windows folder, the most common answers are legendary, but the search
results come with what I consdier the wrong answer, given that they never
include the far easier method shown in this thread as a PSA.
Bearing in mind that it's trivial to symlink the removable drive to a
Winodws folder, you'll note that /all/ the answers for how to limit the
size of a Windows folder are /far/ more complex than this method I hit upon
Given that the question of limiting Windows folder sizes is a common
question that has horridly complex answers all over the net, I thought it
would be useful to put into the tribal knowledge archives this simple
Notice how horridly complex and hard-to-change /all/ those answers are,
compared to the trivially simple method shown in this now-archived PSA.
a. Works <== that's most important!
b. Is the easiest method ever proposed <=== that's very important!
c. Is easy to resize <=== all the other methods are not easy to resize
d. Is free <== to be expected of any tribal solution for general use
e. Has encryption <== a bonus or a flaw, depending on your needs
f. Is generally unknown <== just look at the horrid answers on the net!
g. Requires either Truecrypt or Veracrypt <== that's a flaw
h. Limited to a maximum of 26 - default (alphabetical) size-limited folders
The suggested methods for size-limited folders on Windows include
- NTFS disk quotas (try it if you love complexity that doesn't work)
- File Server Resource Manager Quotas (similar if not exactly the above)
- Partitions (just try to resize them if you want to see the difference)
- Virtual Hard Disks (compare the ease of .vhd method to this one!)
- Other tools (e.g., Truecrypt, WinRar, VirtualBox, VMToolKit, etc.)
- (what else?)
Here are some links to proposed solutions to this common problem:
Virtual Hard Disk:
Hence, I posit, with the addition of a symlink (mklink, ntfs junctions),
there is no easier method of limiting folder size on Windows that /anyone/
has ever come up with other than this simple method.
See also mklink & junctions