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Changing the File Explorer red warning on drive free space

  1. #1


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)

    Changing the File Explorer red warning on drive free space


    Does anyone know how to change the red warning indicator on free space in Explorer?
    I have over 300 GB of free space on a 4TB backup drive and I see that. I'd like to be able to change it to warn when I have, say, 500MB left.

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    EDIT: I believe it is hard-coded to warn at 10% free, but maybe that number is in the registry somewhere.
    Last edited by arachnaut; 14 Aug 2014 at 14:00.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    How to change the disk space left warning in Windows 7? - Super User

    I doubt it was changed in 8.x but I have no way to know for sure.

    Edit: Just to avoid false hope.. there is no way.
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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    These are notes about adding a user registry policy under the Explorer key called 'NoLowDiskSpaceChecks'.
    But that doesn't do it - that's for the popup balloon warning about critical low space, not the red color on the space used bar.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by arachnaut View Post
    These are notes about adding a user registry policy under the Explorer key called 'NoLowDiskSpaceChecks'.
    But that doesn't do it - that's for the popup balloon warning about critical low space, not the red color on the space used bar.
    I believe the article stated and I stated it doesn't work. See my line marked "Edit:"
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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Yes, I know what you wrote, I added the reason, why it doesn't work.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by arachnaut View Post
    Yes, I know what you wrote, I added the reason, why it doesn't work.
    Hmm, for some reason when I read it the first time I thought your post was from a 3rd party. Must be coffee deprivation.
    Anyway that page was all I could find relevant.
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