View Full Version : Stopping the "Low HDD Space" alerts in WinXP

09-03-2004, 03:59 PM
These alerts really annoy me.

We've got WinXP on a PC here... and its only a 1.4GB HDD. We cant free up any more HDD space.

How do I stop the little Balloon alerts from appearing in the Systray by the clock every time the PC is turned on?

Many thanks


Jen C
09-03-2004, 04:25 PM
You can disable this warning completely with a little registry hack - read here (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;285107). Just scroll down to the bottom of the page for the keys.

10-03-2004, 09:48 AM
Your hard drive is far too small for XP.
Unless you have at least 256megs RAM it will use a large swap file which requires disc space.

If the oil warning light came on in your car, would you disconnect it?

XP is warning you that a big crash is about to happen & you will probably lose all your data.

10-03-2004, 09:58 AM
XP needsa t least 5 gigs to run properly time you got a new HDD

10-03-2004, 10:08 AM
Its not my HDD. The PC isnt used terribly much, so why bother. We'd sooner upgrade the whole thing.

If all you use is IE and Word, why have an 80GB HDD when its just gonna go to waste!

Of course I know its going to use SWAP. Windows still uses the bloody Swap file even if you have 512MB RAM!

Thanks for that Jen, I'll check it out soon at work :-)



11-03-2004, 12:49 PM
Thanks Jen, just did it now....

Much better :-D


11-03-2004, 04:34 PM
another little trick is to limit the upper and lower size of the allowed swap file to about 2.5 times the amount of ram you got......if you have that space to spare........cause then windows wont keep making a bigger and bigger swap file and giveing you error messages.........(windows traditionially never managed the swap file that well).....

you can also set the system to mostly operate from ram only if at all possible and to severly limits its' swapfile usage........only.....damn I've forgotten how lol