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How to Fix SSD Full for No Reason

Posted on Jan 04, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Manager

Summary:
SSD says it is full but it is not. Read this article to find suitable solutions to fix the 'SSD full for no reason' issue. You can try them one by one until the issue has been resolved perfectly.

SSD Full, But It's Not!

"Hey, I have a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD and I haven't checked how full it is for a while. When I start up, the steam tells me that it didn't have enough space to update. So I highlight everything on the disk and check properties. There is only actually 40gb of space used! My SSD is not full actually! Is there anyone can help me? Can you tell me what's going on and how to fix it? Thanks in advance."

How to Fix SSD Drive Showing Full Issue?

Is your SSD full for no reason? Are you bothered by this issue? Does your SSD say it is full but it is actually not? Relax! In this post, we have provided you with four effective solutions to fix SSD full for no reason. You can try them one by one until the issue has been resolved perfectly. By the way, the solutions can be applied to some specific searches, including hard disk full for no reason, external hard drive says it's full but it's not, my hard drive is full but I don't know why, c drive showing full but nothing on the computer, etc. 

Solution 1. Show Hidden Files and Folders

For the case that SSD shows full but no files were seen, you can try to unhide files and folders to determine whether the disk space is occupied by hidden items.Have a close look at the hidden files. Anything suspicious, any big files you were not aware of?

How to show hidden files/folders in Windows 10/8/7?

Open Control Panel -> File Explorer Options -> Click View tab -> Check the box in front of Show hidden files, folders and drives.

show hidden files to fix ssd full for no reason

Solution 2. Safe cleanup of junk files and large files

Instead of teaching you how to use Disk Cleanup to delete unwanted files and temporary internet files in order to free up some space, it's easier to start out by using a third-party free partition manager software, because all Windows versions are doing the same with it.

Step 1. Download EaseUS Partition Master Free. Launch it after the successful installation.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Step 2. Click the Cleanup and Optimization.

open the software and click cleanup and optimization

Step 3. Now you have 3 options to go: Junk File Cleanup, Large File Cleanup, and Disk Optimization. Let's start with the first one.

in the three options choose junk file cleanup

Step 4. Junk File Cleanup allows you to remove system junk files, junk files generated by browsers, Windows built-in applications, and other applications. Click Analyze and get ready to Clean up.

remove the junk files to fix the ssd full for no reason issue

A thorough cleanup of junk files that is usually invisible would help us greatly reduce the likelihood of low disk space on hard drive, and rectify the problem when hard drive shows full but it's really not.

How to clean up extreme large files in Windows 10/8/7?

Next, you can proceed with large files cleanup, especially some uninstalled program files and zip compressed folders that taking up a considerable amount of disk space.

Step 1. This time select the middle option called Large File Cleanup.

Step 2. You'll be asked to select the disk to scan. So, choose the SSD drive that is showing to be full and click Scan.

Step 3. All large files will be found and displayed. Now, you should decide which ones are garbage and won't be used in the future. Click Delete.

Solution 3. Add extra space to drive C

Are there hidden items that eating up the disk space without your notice? If yes, to fix hard disk full issue without losing data, use EaseUS Partition Master Free again to extend c drive that is filling up for no reason.

Guide: how to increase c drive space or extend c drive?

Solution 4. Temporarily disable System Restore

Here is the last resort you can rely on, which is to temporarily disable System Restore function in Windows computer. You'd amazed at how much space has saved from disabling System Restore in a Windows computer.

How to disable System Restore in Windows 10/8/7?

Open Control Panel -> System -> System Protection -> click the Configure under Protection Settings -> Select the option Disable sytem protection.