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How to fix disk space errors on Steam [Simplest methods]

One of the most common issues users have reported in Windows 10 is the Not enough disk space error when trying to download a game, even though there was plenty of space on the computer.

Fortunately, there are a lot of solutions to this problem, and today we will go through them.

First and foremost, let’s try some quick and simple solutions like freeing up some disk space, rebooting your Windows 10 PC, disabling the antivirus or running Steam as an administrator.

If none of them worked, we can try some more advanced solutions. For more on how to do that, check out our guide below.

How do I fix the disk space errors on Steam?

  1. Clear Steam Download cache
  2. Repair Steam Library files
  3. Delete the partially downloaded file

1. Clear Steam Download cache

  1. Launch Steam and go to Settings.
  2. In the left panel choose Downloads.
  3. In the bottom of the window, there should be a Clear Download Cache button. Click on it.
  4. This will clear your local download cache, and you will need to log in to Steam Again message will appear. Click OK.
  5. Restart Steam, log in with your credentials and start the game download.

It’s possible that some of the files that Steam cached are incomplete or corrupted, so the best solution is to clear the cache. To do that, follow the above steps.

Also, if you have slow download speeds on Steam, you can fix the problem with ease by following our dedicated guide.


2. Repair Steam Library files

  1. Launch Steam and go to Settings.
  2. In the left panel choose Downloads.Steam app - settings
  3. In the Content Libraries section click on Steam Library Folders.
  4. A new Steam Library Folders window should appear. Right-click on the Steam Registry C:Program Files (x86)Steam and select Repair Library Folder.Steam Repair Library folder not enough disk space
  5. Once the process is finished, restart Steam, log in with your credentials and start the game download again.

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The Steam Library is where all your games are, and sometimes it’s not configured correctly. Additionally, you can verify the integrity of the game files:

  1. Launch Steam and go to Library.
  2. Find the game that’s of interest to you, right-click it, and choose Proprieties.game proprieties steam not enough disk space
  3. Select the Local files tab and then click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.steam not enough disk space Game Properties Local Files Verify Integrity of game files
  4. Restart Steam, log in with your credentials and continue the game download.

3. Delete the partially downloaded file

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Task Manager.task manager not enough disk space steam error
  2. Find all the Steam services that are running and click on End task for each of them.
  3. Go to your Steam directory. Usually, the path is C:Program Files (x86)Steam.
  4. Go to the Steamapps folder, and then downloading folder.
  5. Locate the folder that’s causing the problems. You can identify it by the application ID.
  6. Restart your PC, log in to Steam with your credentials and continue the game download.

If the download was interrupted by an error, then the files are incomplete thus creating a Steam conflict. To fix this, follow the above steps.

If you can’t delete the folder, then you might have managed to make it read-only. To fix it, do the following:

  1. In the Windows search bar type cmd.
  2. Right-click the result, and click Run as an administrator.
  3. In the cmd window type cd c:/program files (x86)/Steam and then attrib -r /S *.*.
  4. This should make your folder R/W again, and you should be able to delete it.

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