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Windows 7: HDD Red Indicator Bar

15 Sep 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Surely as HDD sizes increase Microsoft will recognise that a fixed 10% setting is inappropriate.

I have a 3TB HDD which is used as file storage only (it's not a System partition and not used for OS or Apps). To think that its going to be marked red with approx 250GB remaining is absurd.

It seems the best option is to have a setting per disk/partition offering user set % or size.

Eg Warn me when when 2% free or 50Gb free.

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05 Nov 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Agreed. I have 11% available on my 3TB drive (2.72TB formatted) so there is something like 310GB free. I've got plenty of free space and have turned off the warnings but the red bar is drawing attention to something that doesn't need attention yet. Now 11% free on my 74.4GB C: drive (80GB SSD) is a problem. I want that warning. They need to come up with a better level to warn for besides a simple percentage.

Yes mounting the drive in a folder on another drive is one way to get rid of that problem. However if you run Windows Home Server 2011 like I do, you will also get warnings about drives being full from that as well regardless of where the volume is mounted.
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17 Oct 2012   #13

Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Bit

Here a solution from another user in this forum which worked for me (also confirmed working for Windows 8)

low disc space partition color

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonaska View Post
You can actually remove the colorbar completely quite easy.

1. Run REGEDIT as administrator
2. Open HKLM\Software\Classes\Drive
3. Change the value for the key TileInfo. Remove the phrase "System.PercentFull;"
The key should read the following:
Before: prop:*System.PercentFull;System.Computer.DecoratedFreeSpace;System.Volume.FileSystem
After: prop:*System.Computer.DecoratedFreeSpace;System.Volume.FileSystem
4. Restart windows explorer (open task manager, and kill the process explorer.exe, choose File, Run and type in explorer.exe)
5. Now open Computer to see the absense of the colorbars

Note: This method does not disable the warning which occurs when free space falls below 10%. It does only remove the anoying red bars.
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