Low Disk Space Warning in Vista

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How to Disable or Enable Low Disk Space Warning in Windows
Synopsis
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.
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
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)​
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.​
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
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.​
RegExplorer.jpg
Low.jpg

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

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)

Binary.jpg

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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)
 
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.

View attachment 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
 
Re: Low Disk Warning

Hi ShocWave,

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

Shawn
 
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.
 
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
 
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Re: Low Disk Warning

Okay, it works now.
I remember seeing that method for Windows XP, but it didn't work for me, so I removed the changes to the registry.
It turns out you need a combination of both to get arid of those annoying messages.
 
Re: Low Disk Warning

SkocWave,

Glad to hear. I'll update this post.

Thank you for the feedback,
Shawn
 
Hi,

I wanted to know if this reg download (the download itself) will work on a Vista 32 bit machine (realizing the name of the forum is VistaX64.com).

I just wanted to confirm that before downloading it.

Thanks,
Rich
 
Hi Rich,

This tutorial does not have a REG download. :confused:

However, unless the downloads here specifies different, they are all usually for both the 32 bit and 64 bit Vista. In that case, you will have two separate downloads for each version.

Shawn
 
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 to your desktop.

View attachment 188

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

Shawn,

On page one, there is a posting by you that has a reg file as an attachment (Policies.reg). I was curious if that file (I thought you made) will work on Vista 32?

Thanks,
Rich
 
Shawn,

I used your registry file. Unfortunately I sent it to a client without testing it & they are having issues (including a quickbook registry error).

How do I undo everything except the low disk notification?

Here is the information from your file:

I now have the start menu items missing. Can I rerun this registry entry changing your entry:

Code:
"NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList"=dword:00000001
to :

Code:
"NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList"=dword:00000000
(Assuming 0 turns that off)?

Can I also reenable the autorun?
Code:
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=hex:91,00,00,00
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=hex:91,00,00,00
"NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001
"NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Windows]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Windows\Sidebar]
 
Rich,

This will undo that reg file:

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=dword:00000091
"NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=-
"NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList"=-
OR

View attachment Policies.reg < Click to Download


Shawn
 
Shawn,

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

1. Will that reg file undo everything (including the disk space notification)?

2. If so, & I want to stop the low disk notification would I do the following:

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001

Thanks,
Rich
 
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