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You are using a Windows XP operating system based computer and while trying to save a file, you noticed that the operating system is not able to recognize the disk space available. For instance, you are having a 100 GB hard disk drive, but according to the Disk Management utility or Windows Explorer, your hard drive has only 10 GB of disk space.

Though you do have sufficient amount of free disk space left in the drive, you may witness warning messages suggesting low disk space and you need to free some space. Such errors may push you to make fresh partitions deleting the older ones and thereby loosing all the data in the drive. Under such cases, you have to go for any Windows data recovery software to recover back your lost data.

As per the discussions above, the error message that you may receive can be read as follows:

“Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on <Drive Letter>”

Note: <Drive Letter> is actually represented by the the drive symbol of the particular troubled drive.


In order to determine whether the disk space of the hard drive is accessible or not, try running the Windows XP installation disc. Follow the below steps to resolve the above error:


  1. Reboot the system and change the boot device in the BIOS. Change the boot device to CD-ROM.

  2. Run the Windows XP installation disc and then restart the computer. If a prompt comes asking to start from the CD, press any key to continue.

  3. When Windows XP setup screen is displayed, press on ENTER.

  4. The EULA or the End User License Agreement appears, just press F8 to accept it.

  5. On the next step, when the Windows XP Setup screen appears and shows the current Windows XP installations on the computer, press on ESC for affirming fresh installation of Windows XP without repairing.

  6. All the partition information is displayed with the Windows XP Setup screen. Check, whether all the partitioned and unpartitioned space are listed correctly or not.

  7. If you found out that all of your hard disk space is not listed, then there must be some problem with your system BIOS, which is preventing the system to recognize the hard drive.

  8. Contact your motherboard manufacturer and update the system BIOS.

  9. If you found out that the hard drive space is listed correctly, then select the existing Windows XP partition and press D to delete the partition.

  10. Make fresh partitions and install the OS once again.


By deleting the partitions and making fresh installation, all the data from the hard drive will be deleted. If you don't have backup of your data or failed to restore the lost data from the backup, you have to run Windows data recovery utility to recover all your data back.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is one of the highly acclaimed windows data recovery utility, with which you can successfully recover any lost, formatted or inaccessible data from the storage media. The software is designed for Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7 and recovers the lost data from the FAT, xFAT, NTFS file systems based volumes.

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