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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RichTJ99

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Shawn,

To confirm, your reg "undo" code did remove the lowdisk & the StartMenu reg entries but there is still a ""NoDriveTypeAutoRun" entry in the "
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"
section.

Did you code reactivate the disk autorun?

Thanks,
Rich

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 3362 < Click to Download


Shawn
 

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Brink

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mvp
Rich,

The autorun code left is the default setting when Vista is first installed, so it should activate it again.

If you wanted to disable the low disk space warning, then you will need to follow all of the instructions in the tutorial to do so. The "NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001 by itself will not work.

Shawn
 

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rnncdn

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I have read all the postings I could find on removing the low disk space warning, but am unsure of the fit to my problem:

HP pavilion with Vista Home Premium (32 bit). Drive D: is the recovery drive. It came from the factory with a 7.08G partition for D:, and 7.08G used, all for the recovery files. It says it has 5.64M of free space. The Low Disk Space warning is on almost continuously.

I've gleaned two choices: remove the drive letter, or remove notification for all drives. I'm not crazy about removing the notification for all drives. Also, one of the previous postings indicated that the procedure wouldn't work for recovery drives. My question concerning removing the drive letter: if the computer no longer sees the d: drive, then will I be able to access the recovery files in the event Vista eats itself and I need them?

Any help on how to squelch the warning greatly appreciated.
RNN
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hi RNN,

Yes, you will still have access to your recovery partition since you will normally access it by pressing a key (usually F10) at the start of boot up.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Brink

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mvp
Your welcome RNN.

Shawn
 

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    Motherboard
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    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
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    512 GB M.2 SSD
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