Error: Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on Recovery (Windows 8 and Windows 10)

Error: Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on Recovery D

Along with this message, you also see the red bar when looking at "this PC." The red bar shows that the drive is running out of space. Our goal here is to get rid of the red bar.

I also saw it reported by Teamviewer as "free disk space is below" ...

I noticed from googling that this seems to happen to HP computers a lot. But none of the documentation for Windows 8 or HP was helpful. All of them suggested that I or an app had been directly adding files to that drive, but I ruled all of that out.

Then I figured it out myself. Once I made all the hidden files on that drive visible, I noticed that the one called System Volume Information is being added to. That's the culprit. 

  1. Change the viewing options of your D drive temporarily so you can see all the files
  2. Open Command Prompt with "run as administrator" option
  3. Type in vssadmin list shadowstorage
  4. You will see Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space 2.29 GB (or in any case, that's what I saw.)
  5. Now you will resize what the maximum can be. Type this into the command prompt:       vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=D: /on=D: /maxsize=1GB 
  6. You should see this message: Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association
  7. To verify, now type in vssadmin list shadowstorage again and you will see Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space 1 GB
  8. It will take a minute or two this time (it will look like your command hung but it didn't)
  9. You should also see that the red bar has turned a normal blue
Note: I'm thinking 1GB may be too small, so I've since upped it to 1.5GB. You may have to experiment


Update: I ran across this problem again on my HP, after upgrading to Windows 10. The above procedure did not get rid of the warning. I had to reduce the system volume information, but don't do that by actually deleting files from the recovery drive.

Instead, go to these two windows. In the first window, click configure. There I reduce the size from 3% to 1%.