GeoWebCache historically used to have three storage components, responsible for both tile and tile metadata handling: the blob store, the metastore and the disk quota subsystem. The blobstore is a storage mechanism for tiles, whose default implementation is file system based. The metastore was an optional H2 based storage mechanism for meta-information about tiles, such as tile creation time, size and usage of request parameters. The disk quota mechanism uses a nosql embedded database to track the tiles disk usage and expire tiles based on user set policies.
Beginning GeoWebCache 1.4.0 the mestastore has been replaced with a full filesystem based solution, making the blobstore responsible for the information previously tracked by the metastore.
By default, the storage location for both of these stores is the temporary storage directory specified by the servlet container. (A directory called geowebcache will be created there.) If this directory is not available, GeoWebCache will attempt to create a new directory in the location specified by the TEMP environment variable. Inside this will be one directory for the disk quota (called diskquota_page_store by default), and blobstore directories named for each cached layer (such as topp_states for the layer topp:states).