Full Scratch Disks And How To Fix It

If you often deal with video or graphics editors like Premiere or Photoshop, you might face an error when your inquiry can’t be accomplished because the scratch disks are full. Let’s figure out what it means.

Such applications are very resource consuming. The default amount of RAM usually isn’t enough that’s why in order to run smoothly they also use a part of the hard drive. The software refers to this memory section as scratch disks. It’s used to store large visual temp data that ensure the editing process. They need five times more space than the original file.

Why scratch disks are full

If your HDD can’t provide the space required by various operations running in the particular program you’ll be notified about this issue. The mentioned applications don’t always automatically remove temporary files once the project  is completed. That’s why this problem can become permanent considering that your drive capacity is limited and already full of other content.

How to solve full scratch disks issues?

To continue with your work you need to ensure that the software has enough amount of memory. Take a look at one of the following tips to avoid troubles when the scratch disks are full on Mac. It will help you to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Remove the app cache and temp files

If you use Photoshop it means that its built-in cache removing tool can fail while performing the tasks in case of shutdowns and other issues. Thereby, a huge amount of data will remain on the disk to be  addressed the next time by software.

You can access and remove it manually in the app. Just place the cursor on Purge clause in Edit menu to pull down a submenu. If its options are disabled, it means  that there’s no cache available. In the reverse situation, from Clipboard, Histories, Undo and All you may select the particular type of data to delete. Before you start, make sure  that you don’t need any previous versions of your projects. The cleaning software at your choice can also perform the similar task. You can find some tips on how to clean up the scratch disk following this link: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1224354

There are also other products of the app that might pile up over time and will start to  consume the significant amount of the drive space. These files have .tmp or .pst extensions. You can find them on your Mac by searching Photoshop Temp file. You may delete it with confidence. It won’t affect the program performance.

Clean the memory

The problem origin can be much simpler. Your content and other caches have taken up too much storage space which means that the remained part available for use as a scratch disk is insufficient. The implementation of this solution usually  takes a lot of time. As a result, you will get this issue addressed and at the same time it will  improve your Mac performance overall.

If you don’t have time to deal with a scrupulous cleanup, you can simply  move some files to another external storage like memory cards, flash, hard or cloud drives. Find out  what type of content occupies the most space using default system tool and move it from the required disk. If your Mac runs macOS Sierra, you’re able also to Manage and optimize the storage by turning on or off automatic processes which occupies the space. This video can help you solve the problem concerned with scratch disk.

Change the scratch disk

If the software has chosen by default the drive you can’t free up enough, the only way out here is to opt for another one. Open Preferences in Photoshop menu and go to Scratch Disk. Mark and unmark the checkboxes with available drives to alter the settings. Click OK and restart the program.

While choosing, consider that it’s desirable  that 85% of the hard disk should remain unoccupied. Don’t choose the one that contains OS since its overload will slow down  Mac performance. To completely avoid this issue, you can reallocate the memory by creating a separate internal disk or using external ones for these purposes.

Such issues stress the importance that you shouldn’t just use your Mac. You should maintain it only if you want to get the best out of its advantages without a hitch.

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