Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Junior Member Chikara's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Originally NZ, now in Singapore
    Posts
    410

    Default Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Hi all,

    Since I did the last Windows 10 (64bit) feature update last week, I've been getting a balloon message warning of low disc space, than I never had before. It's very annoying.
    The weird thing is the drive is H drive, which I am quite sure I have never had partitioned on my system before (or if it was, it was previously hidden from My Computer, but now is visible).

    It says I have 47MB out of 449MB,and no files are present when I look via explorer. If I use the partition tool, it shows as a OEM Partition. Will attach screenshot of partition details.
    This is even more strange, because this system was installed directly by me, Win 10 was installed directly and there is no manufacturers recovery partition on it.

    I suppose it's possible some other software created this around the same time as I did the Win update, but that would be a big coincidence and I'm usually carefuly about what software I install. Virus check is clean.

    One other thing, I do have Oracle Virtualbox, and recently when booting Win 10 inside VirtualBox, that instance of Win 10 did crash and go into a recovery mode screen (Win 10 inside VirtualBox I mean, not Virtual box itself or my main Win 10 install). I did not proceed with the recovery though. (The cause of this was a recent BIOS update that turned off virtualisation which I since re-enabled) So maybe that somehow created this partition?

    I disconnected my printer and mouse to make sure somehow it wasn't recognising that as a drive.

    So, my questions:
    - How can I confirm exactly what this partition is for?
    - How can I fix or delete it safely - Is it even possible?
    - If not, can I safely extend the size of it a little bit to stop this annoying message? I guess I would have to do via boot disc utility, GParted or similar?

    I have read about a registry hack to turn off the message totally, but I would rather not do a reg hack.

    Thanks in advance

    PS - Specs:
    Win 10 64 bit, fullu updated.
    Main drive: C is SSD; D is DVD drive, also have two other physical HD's E and F for Data and other Apps.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	partitions.jpg 
Views:	39 
Size:	29.3 KB 
ID:	8833

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Well, I use MiniTool Partition Wizard for such purposes and it works out fine, but you should be focused when installing it - one wrong move and lots of useless crap are installed

  3. #3
    Junior Member Chikara's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Originally NZ, now in Singapore
    Posts
    410

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Hmm, after more Googling I found this:

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-84ee96492e38

    Seems some other people have also had a recovery partition suddenly appear after the recent Windows update...

  4. #4
    Senior Member 1101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    5,452

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Brand name PC's & laptops have crazy arsed partitioning: HD's split in 2, up to 5 partitions , non standard partition order (like yours ) etc
    Its not win that did this.

    Del at your own risk , you may screw things up as its the 1st partition (it seems)

    Try this to remove the low space warning
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-nz/...-space-warning

  5. #5
    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    25,586

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Theres a safe way to remove and really simple. Easy to put back as well if required.

    on some PC's there is another recovery partition created during the upgrade, it should have been invisible but in some cases it isn't.

    As long as you're not worried about the tiny amount of space used. Assuming its drive H you want to remove /change:

    open a Command prompt as Admin type in mountvol H: /D {Press Enter} that's it drives now gone, well hidden any way.

    If there is a different Drive letter change H to what ever it is.

    If you ever need it back you can either put a letter on Via partitioning software or Via Disk Management.

    If at a later stage you decide to remove it completely as nothing went wrong, then remove it with partitioning software or Via Disk Management. By simply removing the drive letter there's a safety "just in case" and can be put back, removing it completely - its gone and a lot of possible work to repair.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 16-05-2018 at 11:50 AM.
    One thing positive about Windows 10 is that there is never a dull moment anymore on ye olde computer

  6. #6
    Junior Member Chikara's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Originally NZ, now in Singapore
    Posts
    410

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Thank you for the tips.
    As this seems to have occurred during the recent Win update, and other users have reported the same issue, I might wait a little while and see if MS rolls out a patch. If not I will try Wainui's suggestion.

  7. #7
    amateur expert dugimodo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    7,179

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    I just updated my windows and a new drive letter (G: ) popped up and started giving me low space errors. Sound familiar?
    It's a 450M OEM partition and it must be standard because this PC was built by me and windows 10 installed fresh onto a blank SSD. Why windows has decided to give it a letter is anyones guess.
    Anyway I used Diskpart and removed the drive letter and it seems to be ok now.

    I can't guarantee my way is correct but if you want to try it:
    use windows powershell as admin by right clicking the start button and choosing that option

    Use these commands

    Diskpart
    List disk
    Select disk 0 (be careful you get the right one here)
    List partition
    Select partition 1 (again be careful to choose the right one)
    Detail partition (just to check again not really necessary)
    Remove

    I have a strong suspicion this just does exactly what Wainuitech already suggested using a single command line, but I was in diskpart to see what the partition detail said so I did it while I was there.
    i7 6700K, 16Gb DDR4RAM, 512GB M.2 SSD, Gigabyte GTX980

  8. #8
    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    25,586

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Quote Originally Posted by dugimodo View Post


    I have a strong suspicion this just does exactly what Wainuitech already suggested using a single command line, but I was in diskpart to see what the partition detail said so I did it while I was there.
    Not quite

    Diskpart actually removes the partition completely, you can then resize / enlarge the partition next to it to fill the now blank area. As you will have found out there's no "are you sure" message.

    The command I suggested only hides the partition. (removes the drive letter).

    The idea behind only removing the letter and hiding is if something plays up you can always put it back, but with diskpart --Zooooom its gone.
    One thing positive about Windows 10 is that there is never a dull moment anymore on ye olde computer

  9. #9
    amateur expert dugimodo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    7,179

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    The remove command in diskpart does not remove the partition, just the drive letter. The partition is still there.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	snip.JPG 
Views:	19 
Size:	19.3 KB 
ID:	8839

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	snip 2.JPG 
Views:	19 
Size:	30.9 KB 
ID:	8840
    i7 6700K, 16Gb DDR4RAM, 512GB M.2 SSD, Gigabyte GTX980

  10. #10
    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    25,586

    Default Re: Win 10 Low Disc Space notification

    Quote Originally Posted by dugimodo View Post
    The remove command in diskpart does not remove the partition, just the drive letter. The partition is still there.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	snip.JPG 
Views:	19 
Size:	19.3 KB 
ID:	8839

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	snip 2.JPG 
Views:	19 
Size:	30.9 KB 
ID:	8840
    Sorry never saw the "Remove" option. Normally "clean" is the one used a lot.
    One thing positive about Windows 10 is that there is never a dull moment anymore on ye olde computer

Similar Threads

  1. disable the "low disc space? in xp pro
    By Blue_face in forum PressF1
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 16-11-2004, 08:24 PM
  2. CDRW disc after format says not enough space
    By yingxuan in forum PressF1
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-04-2003, 04:42 PM
  3. Losing disc space?
    By in forum PressF1
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-05-2002, 08:30 PM
  4. Disc Space?
    By in forum PressF1
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-05-2002, 08:21 PM
  5. Not enough disc space or memory
    By in forum PressF1
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-08-2000, 01:44 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •