How To Fix You Are Running Out Of Disk Space On HP_RECOVERY

hplogoFrom time to time we help friends and family with their troublesome computers. This past month I had the privilege of working on two HP Pavilion laptops that had the same reoccurring annoyance. The annoyance happens on the Windows XP operating system right after system startup. After the computer finishes loading, a box in the taskbar located in the bottom right hand corner displays an annoying message saying “You are running out of disk space on HP_RECOVERY (E:)”

Normally you would access the drive and remove any unwanted files, but the purpose of the recovery drive is to store all the files needed to do an emergency recovery when the system become unstable. The recovery drive is actually a partition on the main hard drive in your computer, not an actual physical drive. It has much less available space than Drive (C:). The only files on the Recovery drive should be related to a system recovery and for some reason reads as full. When it gets full there is only one sure way to fix it, by changing the registry settings. To do this follow the instructions below. Once changed, reboot your computer and you will notice the annoyance is now fixed!

The windows registry controls this annoyance, to fix it follow these simple steps.

1. Click START–>RUN and type REGEDIT. Click OK.

2. Click the plus sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
then Microsoft
then Windows
then CurrentVersion
then Policies
then Explorer

HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

3. Double-click on NoLowDiskSpaceChecks if it exists. If it doesn’t, right-click on ADVANCED and Select NEW–>DWORD VALUE and name it NoLowDiskSpaceChecks

4. Set this value to 1 to disable the low disk space warning message.

5. Save and close the Windows registry.

6. Reboot


  • alice

    I did what you suggested and hopefully the pop up is now disabled. Haven’t seen it for at least 5 min!! My next question is…can I delete stuff out of E drive and not have a big problem or should I back everything up first onto a “stick” and then delete stuff. I am running a tune-up utilities and the maximum efficiency I get is 83% because of the full “E” drive.

  • Charlotte Keyworth

    Ive followed your instructions to a tee, but cant seem to find the correct file path. I get as far as policies but then the file is empty; no explorer. I can bypass policies and go straight to explorer and have added the NoLowDiskSpaceChecks and set the value to 1, rebooted and everything as you said but still receiving the messages. Please can you offer some help?

  • Omid

    Thanks for the great help.

  • Gretchen Rosenberg

    Thank you sooo much – have been searching for a solution and nothing was helping. One question, is there a way to turn off checks for D but not for C? Thanks

  • Emyle

    Thanks for the great tip here-ive got an obsolete laptop that’s been long forgotten about because of this problem-looking like its odds on for a revive situation.

    Cheers matey.

  • Brandon

    Just found this article while searching for a solution. My mother has been emailing me for months about this problem and as I suspected, there is absolutely nothing wrong with her computer or her drive space. This was extremely annoying for her as it popped up nearly every 10 minutes. Thanks!

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