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If a Patch Claims not Enough Disk Space, There Are Solutions

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    When a bug of software, operating system, or game applications is found (especially by hackers and virus designers) and brings damage, original software or program developers or third party institutions will release corresponding patches to fix the bug. A patch is a piece of software designed to update a computer program or its supporting data so as to fix or improve the program, which includes fixing security vulnerabilities, compatibility issues, and other bugs, and improving the usability or performance. However, when installing patches especially to drive C, users may receive the error: there is not enough disk space to patch the program or system. Why patch claims not enough disk space and how to fix the error?

    Possible Reasons for Not Enough Disk Space to Patch the Program

    1.You run the program launcher without sufficient write privilege.

    As we know, most programs will be installed to C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86) by default. However, to make changes to directories under Program Files requires administrator privilege. If you patch the app without getting administrator authority, the error may appear.

    2.The folder of the program or the patch contains unrecognized signs

    As we know, users need to choose a language when installing Windows. If the game folder or patch contains symbols or letters in name that are not included in the selected language system, insufficient disk space may occur when we patch a game.

    3.The partition where the program or system is installed actually does not have enough disk space.

    For example, the patch requires 5GB space, but there is only 4GB space left. Naturally, there is not enough space to save the patch file. Moreover, if the patch is a compressed file, you may get the same error even if the left space can hold the compressed file. For instance, the downloaded .ZIP patch file is 2GB, and the free space left in the partition is 2.5GB. However, when we are installing the patch, it will be uncompressed, and the uncompressed file may become 2.6GB or larger, which obviously cannot be installed to the 2.5GB space.

    After causes for this error are found, it can be very easy for us to solve the problem.

    Solutions to Not Enough Disk Space to Patch the Program Error

    1.Run Program as Administrator or Reinstall the Program to a Non-sensitive Directory

    If the error appears due to insufficient write privilege, there are 2 solutions available. One is to re-run the program launcher as administrator, and the other is to reinstall the program to a non-sensitive directory, like C:\apps or D:/apps rather than C:\Program Files.

    To run the app as administrator, please right click the launcher and choose “Run as Administrator”. Or you can right click the launcher, choose “Properties”, check the option “Run this program as an administrator” under “Compatibility” tab, and Apply the change.

    However, if you choose to reinstall the program so as to avoid running the launcher with administrator privilege every time a patch is available, remember to transfer needed data like game saves and installed updates/patches to the same folder under the newly installed game. For example, if you do not want to lose game records, you can open the folder storing all game profiles, and then copy and paste these profiles to the Save folder of the newly installed game. Nevertheless, profiles of some games will be saved to My Documents or other special locations rather than Save folder of the game itself. At this time, copying game profiles may be useless. Instead, users need to run the newly installed game to generate the corresponding Save folder in My Document or special locations, and then copy the original records to the new Save folder.

    2.Set the folder of the program or the patch with correct name

    When insufficient disk space error appears due to unrecognized signs, we can fix the issue by naming the folder or patch with signs or letters existing in the selected language system.

    3.Delete Useless Files to Free up Space, Enlarge the Partition, etc.

    If the partition where the program is installed really does not have enough disk space to save the patch, there are 4 feasible solutions: reinstall the program to a large partition, delete useless files, move a part of files to another partition, and enlarge the partition. However, since we have introduced how to reinstall a program in the above content, next let’s focus on the remaining 3 solutions.

    How to Delete Useless Files

    If the program is installed in C drive (boot partition), which is always the default installation location, we can delete temporary internet files, caches, cookies, and other useless files to free up disk space. If the program isn’t installed in drive C, we can also delete other useless programs, documents, etc. to free up space. Windows provides a good tool to do the task, and it is called Disk Cleanup. Detailed steps to clean a partition are as follows (here we take cleaning drive C for example):
    • Type Disk Cleanup in Search programs and files box and run this program as administrator to get the following window.

      delete useless files in disk cleanup

    • Choose the drive C to clean up and click “OK”. Then, the utility will calculate how much space you can free up on drive C, and this may take a few minutes. After the calculation is completed, we can see the following interface:

      disk cleanup select files to delete

    • Now the Disk Cleanup shows there is 48.8MB space we can free up from drive C, and this space is now taken up by files saved in Recycle Bin, Setup log files, temporary files, Thumbnails, and so on. Please select files to delete and click “OK” to confirm operations. Then, the utility will delete selected files automatically.

    However, if you want to free more disk space rather than 48.8MB, please go to “More Options” like this:

    free more disk space in disk cleanup

    There are 2 ways to free more disk space: remove programs that you do not use and remove all but most recent restore points. Just do as Disk Cleanup tells. Of course, you can also open the very partition and delete needless files without relying on a tool.

    Actually, apart from deleting old or unused files, we can transfer a part of files from one partition to another partition to free up drive space. For details, please see the next solution.

    How to Move Files to Another Partition

    To move common data, we can either copy or cut them to new location. But considering data security, we highly suggest performing copy since it almost brings no damage to original data even if power outage appears during this process. However, if you want to move some special files or folders especially from drive C, such as My Documents, Downloads, and page file, to another drive, more complex operations would be required.

    As we know, the downloading tool built-in most browsers will download programs to C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads by default. Here, we take Google Chrome for example. Going to Settings and opening Show advanced settings at the bottom, we can find the exact place where downloaded apps will be saved:

    change default downloading path of browser to free up space

    But we are given chance to change the default download location by clicking “Change…” button. After the change is made, we can go to the original download location to remove old downloads or transfer them to the appointed new place.

    Actually, apart from downloads coming from browsers, we can move files or folders in personal folder (such as My Documents, My Pictures, and Saved Games) from drive C to another partition. Pease see the following content to get detailed steps.

    Open Drive C, go to Users folder, and open Administrator to get the interface below:

    move files to another partition

    Here folders like “Downloads”, “My Music”, “My Pictures”, and “My Videos” can be moved to another partition. Tip: we just tried moving the 4 folders and succeeded, and you can try transferring other folders by yourselves. Detailed steps are as follows:
    Right click the folder we want to move and choose “Properties” from the popup menu to get the window below (take moving My Documents for example):

    move folder to another location interface

    Then, under “Location” tab please click on “Move…” button.

    move folder to another location select destination location

    Next, select a destination location to hold files saved in My Documents folder, which can be any location on the same hard drive, another drive, or another computer. Here we open partition F and create a new folder called My Documents to hold original data. Then, select the newly created folder and click “Select Folder” to continue.

    move folder to anohter location apply the change

    At this time, as long as we click “Apply” button, we will receive a message to confirm all our operations:

    move folder to anohter location confirm operation

    From this message we know all files saved under C:\Users\Administrator\Documents will be moved to F:\My Documents. At this time, please click “Yes” to make all changes performed. Just wait a moment, and then you will find original files or folders in drive F.

    In addition, you can also move some hidden files from Drive C to another partition to free up disk space, like the page file which may take up several GB of space. In the article Hard Drive Space Is Missing we have shown ways to disable page file as well as the way to decrease page file size. Actually, we are able to move page file to another partition rather than disable or reduce it. Next, let’s see how to make such a move in Windows 7:

    Right click the “Computer” icon on desktop and choose “Properties” to get the window below:

    move page file to another partition go to advanced system settings

    Then, choose “Advanced system settings” from the left side to continue.

    move page file to another partition choose settngsof performance

    Next, under “Advanced” tab please choose “Settings” of “Performance”. Then, choose “Change…” of “Virtual Memory” under “Advanced” tab to get the following interface:

    move page file to another partition disable page file in drive c

    Here please select the drive C, choose “No paging file”, and click “Set”.

    move page file to another partition select the new partition to move page file to

    Then, select the partition that will save the page file, next customize page file size or choose “System managed size”, and finally click “Set” and “OK” successively to confirm changes. Tip: doing this will require users to restart computer. Once the computer reboots successfully, the page file will be moved to the appointed place.

    Actually, apart from deleting useless files and moving file or folders to another partition, there is a much better solution when patch claims not enough disk space, and it is to enlarge the very partition by taking free space from other partitions or unallocated space on the same disk.

    How to Enlarge Partition

    If you are running Windows Vista or later released Windows operating systems, try doing the extending in Windows Disk Management utility. If you do not know how to launch this tool, please see How do I open the partition manager to get details.

    extend partition in disk management

    This is the main interface of Windows 7 snap-in Disk Management tool. To extend a partition, please right click the partition we want to enlarge and choose “Extend Volume” feature from the popup menu. However, this feature will be grayed out if the partition is formatted with FAT or there is no unallocated space right contiguous to the partition. For more information, please see Extend Volume Grayed out. At this time, a piece of free partitioning software can help users get out of the trouble, and MiniTool Partition Wizard is a good choice.

    To enlarge partition by using this program, please take the following steps:
    • Run and launch the utility to get its main interface shown below:

      extend partition in partition wizard select target partition

    • Select the partition which needs extending (both FAT and NTFS are supported) and choose “Extend Partition” feature from the left side.

      extend partition in partition wizard take free space to extend

    • Select an existing partition or unallocated space on the same disk to take free space to extend the specified partition, and then drag sliding button to decide how much space to take. After that, click “OK” to go back to the main interface.

      extend partition in partition wizard apply changes

    • Click “Apply” button to make all changes performed if the partition size is desired. Once MiniTool Partition Wizard shows it succeeded in doing the operation, the selected partition will be enlarged to the appointed size, and then we can go on installing the patch.

    These are solutions when a software or game patch claims not enough disk space. If you are troubled by the same error, find out the exact reason, and then take the best way to solve the problem.