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Chapter 23. Accessing and Using Your Net... > Adjusting Disk Space Used for Offlin...

Adjusting Disk Space Used for Offline Files

Vista sets aside a finite amount of disk space on your system to store both offline files and temporary offline files. (The latter are local copies of network files that you’ve used recently. Vista keeps these files cached automatically so that you can use them offline if you need them.) Vista assigns a limit on the amount of disk space both types of offline files can use on your system. These limits are a percentage of the size of the %SystemDrive%, and the larger the drive, the higher the percentage. For example, on a 15GB drive, Vista sets a limit of about 15% of total disk space (about 2GB) for both types of offline files; on a 200GB drive, Vista sets a limit of about 25% of total disk space (about 50GB) for both types of offline files. If you find these limits are too high or too low, you can adjust them by following these steps:

1.
Select Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet, Offline Files. Vista opens the Offline Files dialog box.

2.
Display the Disk Usage tab. As shown in Figure 23.11, this tab tells you the amount of disk space you’re currently using for offline files and for the offline files cache, and it also tells you the current limits for both types.



Figure 23.11. The Disk Usage tab shows you the disk space used by your offline files as well as the disk space limits.


3.
Click Change Limits and then enter your UAC credentials. The Offline Files Disk Usage Limits dialog box appears.

4.
Use the Maximum Amount of Space All Offline Files Can Use slider to set the limit for offline files.

5.
Use the Maximum Amount of Space Temporary Offline Files Can Use slider to set the limit for the offline files cache.

6.
Click OK to return to the Offline Files dialog box.

7.
Click OK.


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