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PHLEARN MagazineEasy Fix for the Photoshop Scratch Disk Full Error

Easy Fix for the Photoshop Scratch Disk Full Error

Photoshop Scratch Disk Full means that the hard drive, a partition on your hard drive, or other storage device that is being used by Photoshop as a temporary storage area for its data is full and cannot accommodate any more data. This can cause Photoshop to crash or freeze, as it is unable to save any more data. Without enough space left on the scratch disk, Photoshop cannot operate properly, and will display a “scratch disk full” error message.

Here is the quick and easy way to solve this.

1. Close Adobe Photoshop: The first step is to close Adobe Photoshop.

2. Check Your Scratch Disk Space: Once you have closed Adobe Photoshop, you will need to check your scratch disk space. Most times it will be your primary operating system hard drive. Use Finder or My Computer to locate your scratch disk. Right-click on the scratch disk and select “Properties”. This will show you the amount of free space available on the scratch disk.

If you are able to open Photoshop, check the scratch disk settings in “Preferences”. To find this, open Photoshop and go to “Edit” > “Preferences” > “Scratch Disks.” A list of the scratch disks used by Photoshop will be listed here. Also, clear the Photoshop cache. The Photoshop cache is a folder where all the temporary files that Photoshop saves during its operation are stored. To clear the Photoshop cache, go to “Edit” > “Purge” > “All.”

3. Delete Unnecessary Files: If your scratch disk is full, then you will need to delete some of the files that are taking up space. Try to target large files like videos, images, application installers, etc… that take up a lot of space but you probably don’t need on your computer any longer.

4. Increase Your Scratch Disk Space: If you are still having trouble with the scratch disk full error, then you may need to increase the size of your scratch disk. To do this, open your local file explorer and navigate to your scratch disk. Right-click on the scratch disk and select “Properties”. Under the “General” tab, you will be able to increase the size of your scratch disk.

5. Restart Adobe Photoshop: Once you have completed the steps above, you will need to restart Adobe Photoshop. This will allow the changes to take effect and hopefully fix the issue.

By following these steps, you should be able to fix the “scratch disk full” error in Photoshop. If you are still having trouble, then you may need to contact Adobe Support for further assistance.

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