Disable Low Disk Space Message in Windows 7 / 8 / 10

At times you may get a Low Disk Space message or notification or warning popup from the right side of your Windows taskbar – You are running very low on disk space on disk. To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files click here.

Low Disk Space Message

Low Disk Space Message

Well the balloon notification is meant to warn you that you are running out of disk space. But at times you may get it for no apparent reason.

If you feel you are truly running out of disk space, you might want to clean up some disk space.

Windows Vista checks for available disk space every minute, but Windows 7 and later, by default checks for available disk space every 10 minutes, and the pop up remains for 10 seconds. This is by design, keeping in mind certain performance issues.

So it is quite possible that your Windows 8 | 7 may never warn you about this, while you actually consuming disk space, maybe when you are in the process of pasting large amounts of data. It may happen that it warns you when it is too late, ie after 10 minutes!

These are the threshold levels when you may see the pop-ups:

  • Free space less than 200 MB : You are running out of disk space on drive.
  • Free space less than 80 MB : You are running very low on disk space on disk
  • Free space less than 50 MB : You are running very low on disk space on disk
  • No free space remaining : You have run out of disk space on drive.

If you want, you can disable this Low Disk Check through the Windows Registry. Do do so open regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Create a new DWORD Value named NoLowDiskSpaceChecks and give it value 1.

You can also always use our Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 to do so easily. There are different versions available for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

It may therefore be a good idea to check your available drive space if you are planning to write large amount of data onto it.

You can use Disk Cleanup utility or CCleaner to clear up some disk space. If you are now  comfortable with SP1 and if you are sure that you will not need to uninstall the Service Pack, then you may wish to consider removal of several 100 MB of such back up files and reclaim disk space.

If you wish to analyze where your disk space has gone, you can check out Disk Space Fan or Space Sniffer.

The Disk Footprint Tool in Windows8.1 will let you carry out several tasks pertaining to Disk Space usage. You can use it to take snapshots, summaries, analyze disk usage, anonymize, compare growth over time using disk growth study and more.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.