How To Configure Windows Low Disk Space Warning Threshold


The low disk space warning threshold could be quite intrusive. In most cases, the low disk warning bar starts popping up when your disk is running lower than 200MB. At that level, the warning bar is constantly in your face. The good news is that you can configure the warning bar and disable it totally. However, the best way to go about this is to free up space or by extending your partition.

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Risks of Low Disk Space

The risks of having a low disk space on your computer abound. For one, your computer begins to drag with a low disk space memory as your computer apps need enough disk space to run. When this happens, your workflow on your computer will be so slow and unsmooth as you would not be able to run apps easily to complete tasks. This is so as the apps would be so starved of space, running them smoothly will be impossible. Another risk low disk space can cause is that it could crash out your system. Your OS needs space to run. In the case that space is not available, your windows could entirely crash. The final risk and most painful is that when your computer suddenly crashes, you could lose a whole lot of data and files. This is a user’s worst nightmare.

How to Configure the Low Disk Space Warning Threshold

You can disable the warning bar if you think it is too intrusive and you still have some memory to run by.

You will have to do this via the registry function of your system. However, one thing you should note is that if you misuse this function, you can affect the functioning of your windows. Type ‘regedit’ into your start menu to launch the registry and grant it administrative control.

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Use the navigation bar and navigate to this key:

“HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer”. After that, then go to the left panel and click on “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”. Name hat value to “NoLowDiscSpaceChecks”. After you are done with that, then click twice on the “NoLowDiscSpaceChecks” you just named. Type 1 into the Value Data box, and click ok. Close the Registry box and restart your system for a full change to take place.

How to Extend Partition

You can extend your partition using windows inbuilt utility called Disk Management Tool. However, you may lose data in the process of trying to extend your partition with the inbuilt disk utility. Before you extend your partition, make sure you an unallocated very close to the drive you want to extend. If not, your computer will only show “C drive volume extend greyed out”. The easiest way of doing this is by right-clicking on the drive then go to properties to launch the utility. First, shrink the volume next to it, then go back to the C drive to extend the volume so that it can take in that free space.

The best way, however, is to use the IM-Magic Free edition to extend the partition. It is very easy and guarantees against loss of data in the process of extending the partition.

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