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How to Fix "Local Disk D Almost Full" in Windows 11/10/8/7 [Step-by-Step Guide]

This article explains why your local disk D almost full and provides several efficient fixes to free up more space on your D drive.

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On this page, you can learn seven fixes to solve the "local disk D almost full" issue and know why your D drive gets full:

Do you fail to store files on the D drive because it's almost full? Don't worry. This article will show you how to free up D drive to get more space and provides seven methods. But first, let's figure out why local disk D is almost full.

Why Is Local Disk D Almost Full

Although the capacity of hard drives has been growing at an alarming rate, we still find ways to make them full easily, and a full D drive can affect our daily use by causing the following symptoms:

  • The computer runs slowly.
  • You cannot store more large files/data on it.

d drive low disk space

However, what is taking up space on my hard drive Windows 7/8/10/11? The usual reasons why the D drive becomes full are:

  • The D drive is not big enough: the current capacity does not meet all your needs and you need to extend your D drive.
  • Large files/applications: If you store games or a lot of HD movies, this can also cause the D drive to become full.
  • Hidden files: Multiple hidden files can also take up your space unknowingly.

After understanding the cause, let's see how to solve the problem. Read on to learn seven effective ways to free up space on your D drive.

Read Also: Free Up Disk Space on Windows 8

How to Fix Local Disk D almost Full - Seven Ways

We now need more and more disk space to install games and applications on the D drive, and your D drive can easily become full. This section provides seven ways to help you free up more disk space. The fixes are as follows:

  1. Fix 1. Extend D Drive
  2. Fix 2. Transfer Large Files
  3. Fix 3. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps
  4. Fix 4. Delete Unnecessary Files
  5. Fix 5. Make Hidden Files Visible to Delete
  6. Fix 6. Run Disk Cleanup to Delete Temporary File
  7. Fix 7. Format D Drive

Well, this article will guide you on the seven fixes, so don't worry, and let's start with the first one.

Fix 1. Extend D Drive

In this, there is a professional third-party tool to help you extend your D drive, EaseUS Partition Master Professional. This tool can perform this action by getting space from other drives or unallocated space, which is the most effective way to solve the "local disk D almost full" issue. EaseUS Partition Master supports all Windows versions, and you can get more space easily with the help of its prompts and clear interface.

Now, download it and follow the guide to try it.

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Step 1. Locate the Target Partition.

Go to Partition Manager, locate the target partition and select "Resize/Move".

Select target partition to extend

Step 2. Extend the Target Partition.

Drag the partition panel rightward or leftward to add the unallocated space into your current partition and click "OK" to confirm.

choose another drive to allocate space

Extra Option: Get Space from Another Drive

If there is not enough unallocated space on your disk, right-click on a big partition with enough free space, select "Allocate space".

Then select the target partition that you want to extend at the allocate space to column.

choose another drive to allocate space

Step 3. Execute Operations to Extend Partition.

Drag the dots of the target partition into the unallocated space and click "OK".

finish extending partition

Then Click the "Execute Task" button and click "Apply" to keep all the changes. 

It can do more than extend your hard drives. EaseUS Partition Master gets many other features. Let's continue to learn. EaseUS Partition Master is a multifunctional disk management tool for all Windows users, and it can deal with various disk partition issues. Download it to help.

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Fix 2. Transfer Large Files

You can also transfer large files from the D drive to another drive to free up more space, but how to move large files from one drive to another? A good professional computer transfer tool, EaseUS Todo PCTrans, can help you efficiently transfer large files and programs from the D drive to another drive. Let us start to learn how we can use it to help.

Step 1. Create a backup file of the source hard drive

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your Windows computer. Navigate to the "Backup & Restore" mode and click "Start".


Hover your mouse over "Data Backup", and click "Next". Later, confirm the default settings of the file name and file path, or you can customize the settings on your own.

choose create image file to create a hard drive image

Now select the items you want to transfer to the other hard drive. EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows users to create backup files of multiple file types, including applications, personal data, and user accounts. To transfer files from one drive to another, deselect the "Applications" and "Accounts", hover your mouse over "Files", and click "Edit".

choose files to create a hard drive image

This is where you need to select files on the source drive. Expand the drive so you can selectively choose desired files, after then click "Finish". In the end, click "Backup". Wait for the process completes. 

edit files to create a hard drive image

Step 2. Restore the file to the destination drive

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and follow the same way to reach the step of selecting a transfer method. This time choose "Data Restore" and click "Next".

choose recover via image file to restore the image file to other drive

Choose the existing backup file presenting on the interface, or navigate to the exact file path where the backup file is, click "Restore".

click recover to restore the image file to other drive

You're back to the "Files", click "Edit" to get in. The backup file is viewable here. You need to click the pencil icon to set the target location, which is the other hard drive, and submit the change. After the basic settings, click "Finish" and finally "Restore". Wait patiently until the transfer process is over. 

recover image file to restore the image file to other drive

Fix 3. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps

If you have some programs installed on your D drive that you no longer need, you can uninstall them to free up space on your D drive.

Step 1. Search for "Control Panel" and choose "Program." 

Step 2. Then choose "Programs and Features," and select the programs you no longer need, and select "Uninstall."

uninstall apps

Step 3. Repeat this process to remove all your unwanted applications.

Fix 4. Delete Unnecessary Files

If you store many large files, movies, music, or other videos on the D drive, it will get full easily. So you need to regularly delete the unnecessary files to free up your D drive.

Step 1. Click "This PC" and locate your D drive.

Step 2. Open your D drive and right-click on the files you don't need, and then choose "Delete."

Fix 5. Make Hidden Files Visible

Hidden files take up storage space on the D drive, but these files are not displayed on the disk. We just need to make the hidden files visible on the D drive, and then we can delete the unwanted hidden files to get more or free up hard drive space.

Step 1. Click "This PC" and then open the D drive and find "View."

Step 2. Select "Show" and click "Hidden Items."

show hidden files

Step 3. Find the unnecessary and delete them.

Fix 6. Run Disk Cleanup to Delete Temporary File

Windows has many tools to help users keep their computers and hard drives tidy and clean. Disk Cleanup is one of these useful utilities that allow users to delete useless temporary files. Please follow these steps to delete temporary files.

Step 1. Click on "This PC" and select the D drive.

Step 2. Right-click on it, select "Properties," and then click Disk Cleanup. Here, this picture sets an example of the C drive.

disk cleanup

Step 3. Find the files you want to delete, right-click on them, and choose "Delete."

Fix 7. Format D Drive

When your D drive gets full but you don't find lots of files in it, you can format your D drive to make it new. EaseUS Partition Master also can help you format or reformat hard drive safely. Now, download it and follow the guide below to format your D drive.

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Step 1. Right-click the hard drive partition and choose the "Format" option.

Step 2. In the new window, set the Partition label, File system, and Cluster size for the partition, then click "OK".

Step 3. You can see a warning window, click "Yes" to continue.

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button, then click "Apply" to start formatting the hard drive partition.


This article provides seven fixes for you to solve the "local disk D almost full" issue and help you free up more space on the D drive. Among these fixes, extending a partition is the most effective way to help you get more space. EaseUS Partition Master can move unallocated space to the D drive or other hard drives to extend the hard drive. By the way, continue to read if you have further questions about hard drive space.

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Local Disk D Almost Full FAQs

Do you know how to fix the "local disk D almost full" error now? This part lists three questions for you and may help you with this problem.

1. How do I free up space on my local disk D?

You can free up space on the D drive in the following ways:

  • Extend your D drive
  • Delete large files or hidden files
  • Uninstall the apps you don't need
  • Transfer larger files to other hard drives
  • Run Disk Cleanup to delete temporary files

2. How do I increase space on my D drive?

You can allocate space from other drives to D drive via EaseUS Partition Master. Or you can extend your D drive via Disk Management as long as there is some unallocated space adjacent to the D drive.

3. Why does my disk say it's full when it's not?

Viruses on a hard drive might create the issue. Besides, the hidden files on the target hard drive also occupy your disk space.

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