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    Default When recording programs it says there will not be enough disk space

    Hello everyone,

    Installed windows 8 release preview.

    Cannot record programs because "There will not be enough disk space to record this show". I have a 1Tb drive and, before loading Windows 8, I cut and pasted all my files to an external 2Tb drive. My System ( C: ) shows 857GB free of 910GB which is correct.

    Any idea?
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    Default Re: When recording programs it says there will not be enough disk space

    Try adjusting the settings under Recording Defaults, such as the amount of time you want to keep a recorded program, the length of recording time before and after a scheduled broadcast, or the default quality for future recordings. Also, you can store recorded TV programs on an external hard drive if you need more space.
    a) On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.
    b) Click the - or + buttons to adjust one or all of the settings.
    c) Click Save.
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    Default Re: When recording programs it says there will not be enough disk space

    A "C" partition of 910GB is rather large, much too large for my comfort zone, but to each his/her own. Smaller OS partitions tends to perform better, with this partition as far to the left of the partitioning scale as possible.

    For best performance, the Windows 8 RP partition needs to be reduced to 50 to 60GB, & use the rest as a Data partition. It'll take a lot of apps/updates to fill a 60GB one. On both my desktop & notebook, my "C" partition for Win 8 RP is 50GB, & it's using only slightly over 20GB, & loaded with apps.

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    Default Re: When recording programs it says there will not be enough disk space

    Comfort zone aside, having only One partition on your OS drive is just plain BAD HD management.
    An OS drive with only one partition is like a house with no walls, even for the crapper. (picture that!)

    As CAT just said, partitioning off 50 to 60 gigs of space for the OS and formatting the rest for 'Storage' is the most efficient and sensible way to set up a really big hard drive.
    Partition Management software is so FREE and so common anymore, everyone should have one.

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    Default Re: When recording programs it says there will not be enough disk space

    It will no doubt take a few defrags & shrinks to accomplish this, but it can be done. May take a bit with a 1TB HDD.

    I made this mistake almost three years ago, using my Recovery Disks to install a new HDD. Why? Because I was told that it's best not to use an old backup on a new HDD (even though it was took when the PC was brand new), & that it needed a good formatting, which the first two out of the three disks done. In fact, that's all that those first two disks done, the third reinstalled Windows & the apps.

    I did partition the HDD, but the latest recovery disk sets doesn't work like the old Dell "green" XP Pro reinstall disks, they format the entire HDD, no choice in the matter. My first task, before updating, was to get this drive shrunk to a manageable level (75GB for Win 7). It took a while, but I did get it done, & lesson learned.

    I've since learned that it's much easier to expand space if necessary, so I have a 160GB HDD that I do initial installs (of this type, the recovery media) on. Then, after a quick shrink (60 to 75GB for Win 7/Vista) & backup, I place them onto the new HDD with the backup/rescue media. Doesn't take long, either. Then I update Windows.

    Burning recovery media is important, & a necessary task. But when adding a 1+TB HDD, it's best to do the initial install on a smaller (usually the original is fine) HDD. Honestly, I don't like these size HDD's for an OS install anymore. 500GB is plenty, & it allows for me to buy a lighter, faster HDD for the OS. Partition size depends upon the OS & what it's used for, for XP (even 64 bit), 40GB is plenty of OS space, Vista & 7 requires more, due to large SP's & tons of updates. This, of course, includes Office SP's & updates. Usually 60 to 75GB will do, some wants 100GB.

    Apps such as XP Mode, BTW which is an app & NOT an OS, I create a small partition for (25GB), as this app, if allowed to, will scatter across 128GB of drive space. I have another partition for VirtualBox VM's, of 150GB, a generous Data partition, 10GB for Pictures, & the Recovery partition is on the far end (on desktop). Some has Recovery as the first partition.

    It takes a bit of learning, & for first timers, I recommend using a spare drive to begin partitioning with, as it's easy & doesn't mess anything up. There are two good free partitioning tools that I recommend, & in this order.

    Mini Tool Partition Wizard Home Edition, it has most everything that the user needs, including allowing for the creation of a bootable CD. The latest version offers an additional feature for SSD users, partition alignment. This is an overlooked, but critical thing to do for best performance & long life of these drives. Get it here, there's a link for a Bootable CD to the left of the page, I highly recommend to have it. There's even a Bootable Flash Drive download (new), with screenshots on how to use it.

    Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

    Here's one almost as good, & some considers it to be better than the one above. Easeus Partition Manager is a proven app, does many of the things that Mini Tool does (no partition alignment, though). And no Bootable CD, though one can upgrade to the Pro version for this. With the choice above, it's not necessary for most.

    Download EASEUS Partition Master 9.1.1 - FileHippo.com

    Any questions on how to use these tools, feel free to ask. One word of caution, Backup your HDD (Full Image) before doing anything with your main HDD(s). It's rare, but sometimes things happens. It's been quite some time back, but Easeus Partition Manager had to reboot to shrink an XP partition for me, it rebooted & began, but tapped out on me before the job was complete. Meaning that the partition was toast.

    Fortunately, I had a backup. What happened, & the person didn't tell me, was it had bad RAM (memory). Just told me that a separate Data partition was needed. These apps that requires a reboot to finish the job, loads into the memory to complete the task. If the memory is in poor health, there's going to be BSOD's under load.

    This is why, prior to working on mine or computer belonging to another, unless it's simple, I backup prior to doing anything. Things like a RAM or DVD drive swap doesn't require a backup.

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    Default Re: When recording programs it says there will not be enough disk space

    The error message about not enough space is itself an error. Just ignore it and your program will record as it should. This may be a problem with updating Windows 7 to Windows 8 instead of doing a clean install. Just guessing as I had the same problem when I did the upgrade. Yesterday I did a clean install and have not seen the error message since.

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    Default Re: When recording programs it says there will not be enough disk space

    This was an older, no longer pertinent post. Thanks for the confirmation that we have been saying right along. A Clean Install is better than an Upgrade Install.

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