Can you hide the size of a network shared drive?

Posted on 2007-07-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

I have a network drive mapped to all users from a Windows 2003 Standard file server.  The network drive is 1.19TB and all the users can see the size of the drive and free space.  Is there a way other than setting quotas on the drive to hide the size and/ or free space left on the drive from the users?  I dont want to hide the drive just the size.
Thanks for your help
Question by:FellowshipChurch
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    I've never seen anything for this.  One option would be to not map the network drive, instead reference it by it's name in a shortcut on the desktop - for example the shortcut could refer to \\your-servers-name\yoursharename.  Then they don't see attributes, but still have access to the shared drive.  You can even hide the share (using a $) and the shortuct would still work.  Once the drive is mapped, it's available space and used space is shown.  The only thing I can think of even close to disabling this is enabling a thing called "ABE" - access-based enumeration.  Even that doesn't cover this scenario.
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    I agree that if you map the drive, then there is not much you can do to hide the size.

    I hope this helps !
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    repartion the drive, so the users only can se a smaller free space ?

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