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Windows 7: Error Message "The space on the hard drive is running low" isn't true

21 Aug 2012   #1
callbrady

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Error Message "The space on the hard drive is running low" isn't true

On one system I am getting this error message once every day or two. The hard drive has over 300GB available. The verbatim error message shows nothing in Google.

It reads:
"The space on the hard drive is running low. Currently only xMB is free. Please free space by deleting unused files."

Now it shows 71MB free. Any thoughts?


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21 Aug 2012   #2
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

so do you have 300 gb? or only 71 mb? because if its 71 mb, u have got some major cleaning to do. I doubt that though, some viruses clutter the hard drive. If you have plenty of room, and your still getting the message then you can follow these instructions to remove the annoying message.

Low Disk Space Warning in Vista - Vista Forums

1. open regedit
2. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
3. Right click explorer and then select new then DWORD (32 bit value)
4. name it NoLowDiskSpaceChecks
5. right click it and press modify
6. change its value to 1 in hexadecimal form then press ok
7. log out and back in and message should be gone.
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22 Aug 2012   #3
callbrady

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Thanks

Will try this this morning. I guess this will help determine if this is a legitimate Windows error message or not. My concern was the absence of this error message anywhere in Google. Makes me concerned that the message is coming from something rogue, but we'll see.

Thanks!
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22 Aug 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Go to Start/My Computer. Select the drive if it offer more than one and right click on it. Go to properties and it will show you how much free space you have. You should not have to go into the registry for this problem.
Get back with the information and we can work from there.
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22 Aug 2012   #5
callbrady

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I know how much space the hard drive has. It is over 300GB. I just don't know the origin of this error message, and am trying to find what I can do to stop it since it is clearly incorrect.
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22 Aug 2012   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Easy now. You say you know how much free (unused) space is left on your hard drive. Could you tell us how much free space is really left. If its really 71 mb your hard drive is full. That is the origin of the error. That is why I gave you a method to check for sure. Obviously doing the checked caused you too much pain. That wasn't my intent, sorry.
Have a nice day.
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22 Aug 2012   #7
callbrady

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I'm sorry I hadn't been clear on this. The C drive has 323 GB of space left on it. It is a brand new system and is running like a dream. If it had 71MB of space the system would drag and crash. Everytime I've gotten the error I've immediately checked and found that there is still over 323 GB of space left. This is why I'm emphatic that the error message is faulty and I want to learn how to get rid of it.
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22 Aug 2012   #8
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Did you try the steps above to remove the error message? i know it may not be the most obvious thing to do. But if you have that much space and its running like a dream, while your getting that error then it shouldn't hurt to do the following.
1. open regedit
2. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
3. Right click explorer and then select new then DWORD (32 bit value)
4. name it NoLowDiskSpaceChecks
5. right click it and press modify
6. change its value to 1 in hexadecimal form then press ok
7. log out and back in and message should be gone.
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29 Aug 2012   #9
callbrady

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Well, we thought the issue was resolved, but it does persist, even after turning off notices about NoLowDiskSpaceChecks. This affirms for me that it isn't a Microsoft message. It still amazes me that this is the only posting with this exact error message in Google. As a result I don't know if this is virus related or something entirely different.
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29 Aug 2012   #10
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I just thought of this, but do you have another HD partition on there? You can check by typing in "create and format hard disk partitions."
Heres mine as an example, make sure none are too filled. System reserve will be filled. And possibly a system recovery partition.
Otherwise, That is really weird and mind boggling.


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