WebDav mapped drive reports incorrect drive capacity

Applies to: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)Windows 7 EnterpriseWindows 7 Home Premium More

Symptom


Consider the scenario with a WebDAV mapped drive on a Windows client. The drive's capacity is reported different than the actual capacity of the disk on the file server.

Cause


Research on WebDAV protocol RFCs and verification from Microsoft's product team confirmed WebDAV protocol doesn’t support querying server’s disk capacity. With this constrain of WebDAV protocol, Windows client sets WebDAV mapping drive’s capacity the same as its System Drive.  

Resolution


This is by design. A WebDAV mapped drive's capacity is set to match the client machine's System drive capacity. This means that the capacity you get from a WebDAV mapped drive is the same as your local System drive. System drive is where Windows is installed.

Example:

On a Windows client:

System drive C:\

Free disk space: 39.9 GB

Used Disk Space: 11.2 GB


WebDAV mapped drive Y:\

Free disk space: 39.9 GB

Used Disk Space: 11.2 GB

More Information


For more information about WebDAV mapped drives on Windows clients, reference http://www.iis.net/ConfigReference/system.webServer/webdav