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    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista
    How to Disable or Enable Low Disk Space Warning in Vista
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    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista

    How to Disable or Enable Low Disk Space Warning in Windows

    information   Information
    When your media device gets low on space, Vista will give you a Low Disk Space warning. This is to warn you to either clear space or get a bigger storage device soon.

    This will show you how to enable or disable the Low Disk Space Warning for all drives in Vista.


    Low Disk Space warning is enabled by default.

    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note

    • This is not the same as the XP way.
    • This will not work on a protected OEM recovery partition.

    warning   Warning
    You could lose data, possibly everything, on the hard drive if you run out of space on it. I would recommend backing up your data and getting a bigger hard drive soon, or make more room on the drive by uninstalling stuff you do not need anymore.

    This is not the same as a Low Memory error. A Low Memory error is usually due to the page file being turned off, or it's Min and Max size set to low.






    METHOD ONE

    By Removing the Drive Letter

    NOTE: This option only affects the single hard drive. By removing or hiding the hard drive letter, there will be no drive letter associated to this partition or drive. Vista will no longer see the partition as anything useful to it and will stop giving you the Low Disk Space warning for only this partition or drive.



    METHOD TWO

    Manually in Registry Editor

    NOTE: This will disable or enable the Low Disk Space warning for all drives.

    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gather

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-reg1.jpg

    5. In the right pane, double click on LowDiskMinimumMBytes to modify it, and do step 6 or 7 below for what you want to do. (See screenshot above)


    6. To Disable the Low Disk Space Warning

    A) Type 0 (number), click on OK, and go to step 8 below. (See screenshot below step 7A)

    7. To Enable the Low Disk Space Warning
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Type c8 (Vista) or 1 (Windows 7/8), click on OK, and go to step 8 below. (See screenshot below)
    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-modify.jpg

    8. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 10)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gathering Manager

    9. In the left pane, click on Gathering Manager to highlight in blue.

    10. You will need to take ownership of Gathering Manager and "Allow" your user account "Full control" of it before continuing.

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-reg2.jpg

    11. In the right pane of Gathering Manager, double click on BackOffLowDiskThresholdMB to modify it, and do step 12 or 13 below for what you want to do.. (See screenshot above)


    12. To Disable the Low Disk Space Warning

    A) Make it empty, and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 13A)

    B) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: If the Explorer key is not there, then right click on the Policies key in the left pane, click on New and Key, type Explorer, and press Enter.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-regpolicies.jpg

    C) In the right pane of Explorer, double click on NoLowDiskSpaceChecks to modify it. (see screenshots below)
    NOTE: If the NoLowDiskSpaceChecks DWORD is not there, then right click on an empty space in the right pane, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type NoLowDiskSpaceChecks, and press Enter.

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-regexplorer.jpg

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-low.jpg

    D) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-modify2.jpg

    13. To Enable the Low Disk Space Warning
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Type c8 (Vista) or 258 (Windows 7/8), and click on OK. (See screenshot below)

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-modify_empty.jpg

    B) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 12C)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    C) In the right pane, double click on NoLowDiskSpaceChecks to modify it.

    D) Type 0 (number) and click on OK. (See screenshot above)

    14. When finished. close regedit.

    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Needed this,thnx

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    Path?

    Greetings,
    Hmmm........I don't have the Explorer sub-entry at the end of this path.
    It ends at 'Policies'.

    ( HKey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies )

    Any ideas?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark1221 View Post
    Greetings,
    Hmmm........I don't have the Explorer sub-entry at the end of this path.
    It ends at 'Policies'.

    ( HKey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies )

    Any ideas?
    Thanks
    Hi Clark,

    Did you click the arrow on the left side of Policies? (see circled in red below)

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-reg.jpg

    Otherwise, you could right click on Policies and click New > Key and then type Explorer and press enter. Then add the above to it.

    Here's the data for the Binary (see below)

    Low Disk Space Warning in Vista-binary.jpg

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Shawn.........to clarify, there is no arrow next to 'Policies'. I found that a bit strange.
    But..........I can create the 'Explorer' sub-folder?
    Also.......do I also need to create both entries? (NoDriveTypeAutoRun & NoLowDiskSpaceChecks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark1221 View Post
    Shawn.........to clarify, there is no arrow next to 'Policies'. I found that a bit strange.
    But..........I can create the 'Explorer' sub-folder?
    Also.......do I also need to create both entries? (NoDriveTypeAutoRun & NoLowDiskSpaceChecks)
    Hi Clark,

    I'll do one better for you. I exported mine for you to merge with yours.

    Here's how to do it:
    1. Click on Policies.reg (below) and save it to your desktop.
    NOTE: For 32 bit or 64 bit Vista.

    Policies.reg

    2. Right click on Policies.reg (on desktop) and click Merge.
    3. Answer YES and OK to the confirmation pop-up windows.
    4. Delete file when done.

    That's it. It should be there now as above.

    Hope this helps you,
    Shawn

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    Re: Low Disk Warning

    Hmm.... I just tried it, but it doesn't seem to be working.

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    Re: Low Disk Warning

    Hi ShocWave,

    Which part is not working?
    What kind of hard drive are your using? (ATA/SATA, Raid, etc.)

    Shawn

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    Re: Low Disk Warning

    I'm using just a regular ATA drive.
    Even after I change the values the registry, the low disk space warning still comes up in my systray.

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    Re: Low Disk Warning

    Hi Shocwave,

    Make sure you do all of the above.

    Also, do a restart to see if the changes will take affect then.

    Let me know please, so I can update this tip.
    Shawn

    Last edited by Brink; 01 Jul 2007 at 01:05 PM.
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