Windows 7 - turn off message "Low Disk Space"

Asked By Maximk on 13-Apr-07 06:36 AM
I have separated partition for swap file, and I see message "Low Disk Space".
How I can turn it off? Please do not suggest to buy new HDD.

Ronnie Vernon MVP replied on 14-Apr-07 03:56 AM
You need to either increase the amount of space allocated to the Swap File,
or a better option, let Windows determine the amount to be used.


Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User
Maximk replied on 14-Apr-07 06:28 AM
Why I need to have empty space on swap partition? I want to turn this message
off, I don't need it, I always control free space by myself and I know better
how match free space I need. I can off this message by editing registry in
XP. How I can do this in Vista?
kraut replied on 14-Apr-07 08:43 AM
You ever notice how hard it is in ANY of these news groups just to get
a straight answer to a straight question?!?!

I guess everyone wants to be like MS and tell you how to run your
system and what to do.  No one ever want to just answer a persons
Ronnie Vernon MVP replied on 14-Apr-07 04:51 PM
The question was answered correctly. The best way to deal with a warning
message is to solve the problem, not kill the messenger, wouldn't you agree?


Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User
Paul Randall replied on 14-Apr-07 07:08 PM
If a person dedicates a partition solely to the swap file, which the OP
apparently did, then it seems to me he should be able to set the swap file's
size to the full size of the partition, and the system should not complain
about 'low disk space' in that partition.  Am I missing something here?  I
think the low disk space message  is Windows' complaining that there is no
free space in a partition that has absolutely no need for any free space.

Am I missing something here?

-Paul Randall
Ronnie Vernon MVP replied on 14-Apr-07 09:09 PM
Unless you are psychic, I don't think the OP has given any details about the
swap file size in relation to the partition size? :)

He may have the virtual memory set to the same size as the partition where
it resides, but too low for the amount being requested? The low disk space
warning is usually triggered by setting a maximum size for the swap file.
The swap file is dynamic and grows depending on the amount of virtual memory
being requested. It could also be heavily fragmented or even corrupted.

A warning message is not something you want to ignore or simply turn off
because you think it is annoying.


Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User
Paul Randall replied on 15-Apr-07 11:11 AM
I'm definitely not psychic :-)
Lets assume the partition is used solely for the swap file, and is 2 or 3
times the size of physical memory, and the swap file is a fixed size that
uses the entire partition.  I doubt the nagging about low disk space would
be triggered by the memory manager.  I think it is just the 'drive almost
full' nag talked about in .  With
these assumptions, turning off the nag seems like a reasonable thing to do.

I'm also assuming that the kb285107 nag applies to Vista.

-Paul Randall
cornell2 replied on 19-Apr-07 11:38 PM
In defense of the original poster:

I too have a similar (if not the same problem).  Bought a compaq
notebook with vista pre-installed.   Right out of the box this warning
persists.   And the warning is for drive D: ... the recovery partition.

1. The partition was already there and seems to be part of the standard
setup (I check the others at the store).
2. Drive C (my main partition has about 70Gig) plenty free (like 40G
3. Drive D (recovery) is 5.53G .. .with 876kb free.

Yup ... 876kb free.   This is the automatic recovery disk, if you will.
I have no choice in this... NOR can I delete ANY of the files.  It
appears the OS sets up this partition the exact size of the recovery
files.   Makes sense.

What does NOT make sense is that ... every 3 mins I get that annoying
bubble warning popping up with a Low Disk Space Warning on Drive D:

I scream at it "Mr. Vista - YOU set up this Disk ... and KNEW it was
fully the second you set it up.  And furthermore, I cannot and should
not delete the files.  So why interrupt everything that I am doing
every 3 mins?"

I have searched the net ... called compaq (microsoft won't talk to me
since the OS came bundled with the computer).   People have experience
the problem ... but there seem to be no solutions.  (I tried all these
registry hacks, but they have no effect .... the hacks are probably
only affecting drive C).

ALSO ... when I post the problem on different boards - I too get fairly
smug and useless answers like "have you tried deleting the files"  "you
should install linux" ... and generally answers that show that people
are more interested in appearing smart than actually reading the
question.   Sorry folks.  I would love a solution and don't want to
insult anyone, but I do agree with the OP.   The responses can be very
frustrating ....

Michael replied on 20-Apr-07 03:42 AM
What you need to do is stop Vista from seeing that partition as a disk
drive, don't remove/delete the files just make the 'd:' go away.

(Dell set up does same dumb thing).

Control Panel
System and Maintenance
Create and format hard disk partitions (scroll to bottom to see)
Right click on the "D:" "recovery partition"
Change Drive Letter and Paths

Remove the drive letter, note that this doesn't damage any of the contents,
the recovery partition will still be there if needed just that Vista
no longer sees it as a useful operational drive.

cornell2 replied on 20-Apr-07 10:28 AM
is not one of the options *anywhere* under system mainentance or for
that matter, to be found anywhere on my vista menus (I searched the
entire program files and sub folders etc..)

Michael replied on 20-Apr-07 11:49 AM
My system is Vista Home Premium, I am running as administrator.

I am at Control Panel > System and Maintenance.
At the bottom of that page is the main header 'Administrative Tools
Items under that heading are
Free up disk space
Defragment your hard drive (has security shield)
Create and format hard disk partions (has security shield)
View event logs (has security shield)
Schedule tasks (has security shield)

I can also get to it via
type in search box
computer management
under storage in left pane select disk management

actual name of the program is

Your milage may vary.

Hope this helps,
cornell2 replied on 20-Apr-07 11:07 AM
I'm sorry, but your answer does not make much sense to me.   Did you
read my detailed question or merely respond to the title of the thread
and what you the thought problem was.   (again this is the sort of
thing the OP complained about, and I agreed).
The question was around this Drive D: that came pre-set as a recovery
drive, with literally only a few bytes free.   Vista keeps on flagging
this drive as full (well of course it is full - the partition was
created to be the exact size of the recovery disk).

Ronnie Vernon MVP;272160 Wrote:

Paul Randall replied on 21-Apr-07 01:54 AM
My Compaq has 902 MB free, 4.87 GB used.  I do not get the nag.
I did try removing the drive letter.  F11 on bootup still works fine.

-Paul Randall
cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) replied on 24-Apr-07 05:39 PM
On Sat, 14 Apr 2007 08:43:56 -0400, kraut

Yup.  If I had an answer, I'd give it to you; as it is, I'm reading
this because I want to see the answer for my own purposes.

I, too, use the feature set that has been part of MS OSs since MS-DOS
3.x at least - namely, I create different partitions and volumes for
different reasons.  I call this "using the product as designed".

I use these volumes for different purposes.  Often I know, to the last
5M, how much will fit and what will not, even when the volume is as
large as 200G.  If there is to be a low-space warning (which is useful
on volumes where temp, TIF and/or growing pagefiles exist), then for
it to be fully-assed, the threshold should be controllable on a
per-volume basis, and I should also be able to turn it off.

answer - and it's wrong."  H.L. Mencken