If you store files in recovery E drive, or a backup program uses it to store files, it gets full quickly which can cause problems when you want to use the system recovery function.
This is why you shouldn’t store files in there, except those related to a system recovery.
Windows has drawn a 200MB threshold line for optimal performance, so when your system falls below this, it takes automatic actions to maintain minimum performance capabilities.
If it goes below 80MB, then you’ll get a strong warning message as the system tries to free up drive space by deleting restore points.
But if it goes below 50MB, it self-preserves and this is when you get urgent warning messages saying E drive low disc space delivered almost every four minutes until you free up some disk space.
In order to resolve the E drive low disc space warning, there are some fixes you can perform to get some free space back.
One of them is to first find out how much space is in your operating system and what data or apps are taking up space, then decide what to remove or delete.
How can I fix the E drive running out of space?
1. Turn off System Protection
- Create a set of recovery discs first.
- Right-click Start and select System.
- Scroll down and find Related settings.
- Click System info.
- On the right pane of the open window, click System Protection.
- Go to Protection Settings.
- Look for Recovery Drive in the list of available drives. If E drive is listed, check if the protection is turned off or on.
- If it is turned Off, close the window. If it is On, click the recovery drive name to highlight it and click Configure.
- Select Disable system protection and click OK, then click Yes/OK to confirm the message.
- Click Start and select File Explorer.
- Click the View tab.
- Select Options.
- Select Show Hidden files, folders and drives.
- Remove the selection from Hide protected operating system files.
- From the Explorer window, double click Recovery drive.
- If you get a window saying You don’t currently have permission to access this folder click Continue.
- Copy the files to another drive if you created or copied any of them to the recovery drive and want to keep them
- Find and delete files saved previously in the recovery drive by selecting them and pressing Shift+Delete to remove them permanently.
2. Use a system optimizer tool
Another great way to reclaim precious space on your E drive or any hard drive for that matter is by using a specialized system optimization tool.
The WinOptimizer is a complete tuneup, cleaning, repair, and optimization suite that comes packed with 37 powerful modules designed to take care of all your Windows parameters in just one click.
Remove junk data, useless temp files, web browsing traces, fix superfluous Registry entries, broken shortcuts and disable unnecessary services to boost jour PC’s performances.