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What Should You Do When Low Disk Space But Nothing to Delete [Full Guide]

What should you do when there is low disk space but nothing to delete? This article provides four fixes for removing this issue and introduces a professional disk manager to help you manage your disk partition.

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Updated by Cici on Jan 16, 2024
Written by Sherly

On this page, you will learn why the low disk space but nothing to delete issue occurs and four methods to help you solve this problem:

Are you constantly getting notifications that your local disc is running out of space while there are not a lot of files to delete? This is a frequently asked question among Windows users. This article provides four fixes for you to solve this problem. First, let's figure out why there is low disk space but nothing to delete.

Why Low Disk Space But Nothing to Delete Issue Occurs

When talking about low disk space, one's first thought might be to delete files saved on the local disk, which usually works when there are too many files on the drive. At this moment, you may get the following messages:

low disk space

But if you don't have a lot of files stored on the hard drive, you may wonder, "What is taking up space on my hard drive on Windows 7/10/11? You will find the answer in this section.

The reasons are as follows:

  • Hidden files
  • Virus attack
  • Temporary files
  • System backups

These files also take up a lot of storage space but don't show up directly on the disk, so it doesn't seem like many files to delete.

However, how can we delete these files to get rid of the "Low disk space but no files to delete" issue? 

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How to Solve Low Disk Space But Nothing to Delete Issue - 4 Methods

After finding out why you are running out of disk space but have nothing to delete, it is time to learn how to clear the disk space. We have listed 4 of the most effective solutions for you, with detailed steps for each method. The four methods are:

Method 1. Extend Partition

Method 2. Show Hidden Files to Delete

Method 3. Run Disk Cleanup

Method 4. Delete System Restore Point

Now, let's start with the recommended one. In fix 1, you will get a professional disk manager, EaseUS Partition Master Professional. Let's see how it helps with low disk space issues.

Method 1. Extend Partition

EaseUS Partition Master can extend your partition easily, and you can perform your action with the help of its prompts. Then, you can get more disk space via it. Its clear interface makes it easier to use and is compatible with Windows 11/10/8.1/7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, so download it and extend your partition to solve the "low disk space but nothing to delete" issue.

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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. 

After this process, you can extend your partition. Besides, EaseUS Partition Master is far more than a disk manager for Windows, and it has many other features. Let's learn more about it.

Other Features of EaseUS Partition Master:

If you are facing low disk space issues or other disk management problems, you can download EaseUS Partition Master to help.

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Method 2. Show Hidden Files to Delete

Hidden files take up storage space, but these files are not displayed on the disk. All we have to do is to make the hidden files visible, and then we can freely delete the unneeded hidden files to free up hard drive space.

Step 1. Click "This PC" on the desktop and find "View."

Step 2. Choose "Show" and click "Hidden items."

show hidden items

Step 3. Now, you can locate the hidden items and delete the unnecessary files.

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Method 3. Run Disk Cleanup

Windows comes with many tools to help users keep computers tidy. Disk Cleanup is one of these useful utilities, which allows users to delete temporary files. Please follow the steps to delete temporary files.

Step 1. Click "This PC" and choose the target hard drive.

Step 2. Right-click the hard drive, choose "Properties," and click "Disk Cleanup."

run disk cleanup

Step 3. Choose the files you want to delete and click "OK."

Method 4. Delete System Restore Point

The C drive has lower disk space, while it always stores a lot, so it is always running out of space. Windows helps back up your system regularly, so these backup files will take up some disk space. You can delete all backup files except for the latest restore point. In this way, you can restore your computer to the latest version when the system fails.

Step 1. Right-click on the C drive in "This PC" and select "Properties."

Step 2. Click "Disk Cleanup" in the new window.

Step 3. Then select "More Options," and then select "Clean up" under "System Restore and Shadow Copies."

clean up c drive


Daily use may generate many temporary and hidden files, which occupy the disk space. Hence, you will get issues related to low disk space. This article gives four fixes to help with low disk space but nothing to delete issues, and among the four fixes, extending the partition is the most effective and can help you get more disk space immediately. 

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By the way, you can continue to read if you get other questions related to hard drive low disk space.

Low Disk Space But Nothing to Delete FAQs

Do you know how to fix "low disk space but nothing to delete" issues? This part lists some further questions to help you learn more about it.

1. How do I free up space when there's nothing to delete?

To remove this error, you can delete the hidden files, temporary files, and system backups.

2. Why C drive is full but no files?

There are several causes for this problem:

  • Hidden files
  • Temporary files
  • Virus corruption
  • System file backups

3. What is taking up all my space in my C drive?

C drive always stores the following files:

  • Documents, photos, and personal data on the desktop
  • Applications, software, and Windows built-in programs
  • Windows operating system, system-related files, and related settings

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Updated by Cici

Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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Written by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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