Windows 10: "You are running out of disk space on local drive J:" - how to resolve

  1.    09 Sep 2017 #1

    "You are running out of disk space on local drive J:" - how to resolve

    Running Windows 10, I recently started receiving this notification every few minutes:

    "You are running out of disk space on local drive J:"

    ... but when I click on it to free up space, it says I can free up 0 bytes. This is not my main hard drive, which has over 1 TB of available space. I'm not sure why I'm getting this message suddenly (and so frequently!) ... any advice for me? Thanks in advance.
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  2.    09 Sep 2017 #2

    Hard to offer advice when you have not told us what you are using drive J: for.
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  3.    09 Sep 2017 #3

    I really don't know what it is for, to be honest. It doesn't show any files in File Explorer except for ST17473.30959 (0 bytes)

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       09 Sep 2017 #4

    Progatron said: View Post
    I really don't know what it is for, to be honest...
    The size of 449MB and the fact you cannot see files on the J: drive suggests this may be a recovery partition that has somehow been assigned a drive letter. It would help diagnosis if you could post a screenshot of disk management.
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  5.    09 Sep 2017 #5

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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       09 Sep 2017 #6

    Disk management shows no partition has the letter J: assigned. Presumably you still see a J: drive in File Manager though. The only partition that matches the size in the earlier screenshot is (disk 0 partition 6) which is indeed a recovery partition (and as such, should not have a drive letter).

    This solved thread from a year or so ago had a similar problem (drive letters assigned where they shouldn't be, but not showing in Disk Management). See the last couple of posts for their solution.
    Issue with Windows auto-mounting drives that shouldn't be mounted
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  7.    09 Sep 2017 #7

    Thank you, I'll look into this. :)
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