Why does Windows think my D: drive is full when it isn’t?
Question by NaomiJ /

Why do I keep getting a pop-up that says “your recovery drive (D:) is almost out of memory” when the D drive is completely empty?

This pop-up happens several times per day, and also says “click here for a solution” (or something like that). But the D drive says it has zero KB. I’ve emptied the backup file, Recycle Bin, and other things but it continues.

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Answers (6)
  • Ericpeacock79

    your recovery partition has mostly hidden and system files.
    download & run ccleaner. it has an option to delete old system restore points.
    delete all but the last couple… maybe save a few more in month intervals.

  • Aibek

    Hey NaomiJ,

    So, did you figure it out? Did any of the above tips helped? Please let us know.


  • inspi

    it might be possible you have virus/trojan in your system.just simply scan your sysyem with a good anti virus and trojan remover.

  • Marco Asifante

    Hi NaomyJ,
    if your partition is a tiny partition (e.g. 1Gbyte) maybe the system page file is allocated there, so that memory is really used and not cleanable by user.
    Check if D: drive is in use for this feature by:
    Start –> Control Panel –> System –> Advanced Tab –> Performance (button) [click on this button] –> Virtual Memory (see below) Change (button) [click on this button] –> select D: drive and check if there’s some memory in use.
    Hope this helps! Have a nice day!


  • Dayaram

    System Restore occupies a lots of space so try disabling it or use it to restore to a previous point.
    Manually search for each folders in the safe mode, and yes do remember to change folder settings to “Show hidden files and folders”.Also uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”, click on “Apply”, then OK from “Tools”-“Folder Options”-“View”.

    Hope this helps, if it doesn’t then do remember to give full details of your hard drive space and your problem.

  • Pisethinfo

    I think the warning pop-up may be generated by virus. You may try to check your startup to find if some suspected program is set to run. Try to clear it leaving only some important programs.

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