Photoshop 7 in Windows 10 Scratch Disk Full Error

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I have read some posts about this , but the answer seems to be to partition my hard drive  , I don't want it partitioned , its the entire reason i got a 2tb hard drive , was to have 1 large drive , , some replies also said to redirect the Scratch Disk to another location/partition/other hard drive , the issue with that is how can i redirect the Scratch Disk/program if i can't access it ?? ,  it opens/loads , but then the error message pops up and i can't do anything except click "OK" which closes Photoshop  as long as the message is there i can't click on anything else in Photoshop, it worked fine on my 1tb hard drive in Win 10 , which is still installed  , , do i take the desktop shortcut from my Win 10 1tb hard drive and use it on my 2tb hard drive desktop ???  any helpful info , that does not want mt to partition my drive or upgrade to Photoshop 10 , would be appreciated ....Thanks ...Jim

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The reason for the scratch disk error is photoshop 7 and older versions of photoshop as well can't see free

disk space over 1 TB and thus think the disk is full and generate the scratch disk full message.

 

You can hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys just after starting the launch of ps 7 to get the Scratch Disk Preferences

where you can point to another smaller partition or drive if you have one.

 

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Photoshop 7 in Windows 10 Scratch Disk Full Error

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I have read some posts about this , but the answer seems to be to partition my hard drive  , I don't want it partitioned , its the entire reason i got a 2tb hard drive , was to have 1 large drive , , some replies also said to redirect the Scratch Disk to another location/partition/other hard drive , the issue with that is how can i redirect the Scratch Disk/program if i can't access it ?? ,  it opens/loads , but then the error message pops up and i can't do anything except click "OK" which closes Photoshop  as long as the message is there i can't click on anything else in Photoshop, it worked fine on my 1tb hard drive in Win 10 , which is still installed  , , do i take the desktop shortcut from my Win 10 1tb hard drive and use it on my 2tb hard drive desktop ???  any helpful info , that does not want mt to partition my drive or upgrade to Photoshop 10 , would be appreciated ....Thanks ...Jim

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Correct answer by Jeff Arola | Adobe Community Professional

The reason for the scratch disk error is photoshop 7 and older versions of photoshop as well can't see free

disk space over 1 TB and thus think the disk is full and generate the scratch disk full message.

 

You can hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys just after starting the launch of ps 7 to get the Scratch Disk Preferences

where you can point to another smaller partition or drive if you have one.

 

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The reason for the scratch disk error is photoshop 7 and older versions of photoshop as well can't see free

disk space over 1 TB and thus think the disk is full and generate the scratch disk full message.

 

You can hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys just after starting the launch of ps 7 to get the Scratch Disk Preferences

where you can point to another smaller partition or drive if you have one.

 

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I just tried what you said , and i chose the other drive that it works on ,(i went from C drive to E drive for "First" Startup) , and it gave the exact same error  , but yet if i were to boot to that drive Photoshop works perfect

Any other ideas ??

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OK , i had to restart my PC to finish some Windows updates  , and after restarting , i tried to set the Scratch Disk location  , and it seemed to work this time , i reset it to E Drive , instead of C , and Photoshop opened up without the error and is usable now   , the main issue i have with this is that this is a "work around" not really a "fix" for the error/issue

How about a Update/Patch for those of us with PS7 (or those of us that can't afford to "upgrade" to a newer version of Photoshop) m, that would allow PS7 to recognize a larger drive (say up to 4tb for example) , so we can use it without this frustration , Photoshop should have been remedied of this "known" issue , long ago

But thanks to your help i am now able to use it again  , but i would hope for a real fix to be applied as this is a known and frustrating issue

Thanks ...Jim

I am not posting this as the "solution" since its more of a workaround than a solution/fix  , but thank you for at least getting it working again for me till Adobe applies a actual "update/fix" for the issue ....

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Adobe did issue a "fix" in photoshop cs, the version after photoshop 7.

So any version of photoshop cs and newer doesn't have a problem with large hard drives and unfortunately adobe will never offer a patch or update for ps 7.

Maybe you can rethink having a bigger hard drive and use a smaller say 256 gb ssd for your boot drive and install all your

programs on that and then have another one or two 1 TB drives for storage of pictures, documents videos and other stuff.

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As mentioned , the main reason i went to the larger drive instead of having multiple smaller drives was for the "convenience" of having ALL my programs and files on 1 drive (that and i was over 3/4 full on the 1tb drive , so i needed more space) ( i made a duplicate/mirror of my old drive , but had to reinstall some games and programs to make them work correctly PS7 was one of them , then when trying it , i got the error which made no sense , since it worked on the old drive)

Like i also mentioned , some of us can no longer afford a "newer" version , so we have to keep what we have , the very reason i drive a 1990 Toyota truck , because i can't afford to pay (even on payments) for a newer one , as much as i would like to be driving a newer model truck , or have the latest versions of programs i use  , its simply not a realistic ability in my current/long term financial state  , and companies need to recognize this , that not everyone "can" upgrade , weather they want to or not

But again , thank you for the help !!

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If you have not already, there is a minor update to 7.

Adobe - Photoshop : For Windows : Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 update

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I just tried the Update , and it says it can't find Photoshop 7.0  , its pointing to the correct location , but i think that now that the shortcut points to the other drive it won't find it  , does this mean i have to update the one that is on my other hard drive ??/

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If you can update, do so. But if it's not working, then something I can't see is going wrong, so best to leaves things as they are.

Gene

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That error that the ps 7 7.0.1 update can't find ps 7 usually means your serial number has been blacklisted., but you can try the other suggestions as explained below.

Photoshop 7.0.1 updater cannot find Photoshop file

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Well this is just getting more and more frustrating ...., and i don't want to have to un-install/reinstall again  , it seems like this is all i do since switching to Windows 10  , it seems to have issues with everything i install  , even my games are a pain to get to work/install , and some of them are some of the latest games on the market

Again , thanks for the help  , i guess since Adobe has no plans to update PS7 so it easier for those that still use it  , and at least for now i can actually use it again ... i think i am done trying things  , i have spent the majority of the day on this  , its almost not worth the effort when a "fix" can't be obtained anyway , and the "workaround" made it function again ... so i am calling it quits on this one .... Again , Thanks for the help ...

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There will never be updates to Photoshop 7 or the six versions that follow (up to CS6). You are fortunate it still runs in the latest Windows, Mac users lost the use of it years ago. People with new monitors and cameras often also need to upgrade.

System changes are are a major cause of paid upgrades. It isn't just for new features. Running old apps is fine, I do plenty of it, but it needs major caution in other upgrades. You can't just keep mixing old and new without breaking some eggs. Or something like that. Switching to Windows 10 may have been a very expensive free upgrade.

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Thanks Jim, you've expressed alot of my frustration in these few short paragraphs. Subtle use of quotations around "upgrade", that was a good one.

 

The only thing that worked for me was to create a separate partition on the harddrive and now photoshop runs.

I was having this problem somewhat before I bought a new harddrive:  I was trying to save work on an external harddrive and photoshop was giving me an error that the drive was full, which is ridiculous because it was a 2T. Now I bought a new harddrive, and they forced me to buy windows 10, which came with all the frustrations you wrote above and then some, and then photoshop wouldn't load at all, because this drive was also 2T.

It's good to see others are bothered by what the masses just accept. I guess misery loves company.

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Hi

In Win10:

Go to Discmanager and create a virtual Hard drive on your 2 TB C: disc, I created one with 1 GB space, got the name E:

Start Photoshop with CTRL ALT

Change scratch disk to E:

Best regards René

Worked here.

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I bought PhotoShop 7 many years ago and I have used it without any problems

on a series of PC/Windows systems, including Windows 10 - but now it will not

run on my new PC, that has a 2 TB SSD internal and 2 TB SDD external drives =

I get the same message as many users: NO SCRATCH FILE SPACE..

I couldn't patition my internal drive, but I managed to partition my external

drive into E: 0.5 TB and F: 1.5 TB - I un-installed PhotoShop 7 from my internsl

C: drive, and re-instslled it on my external F: 0.5 TB drive. But I still get the

same ERROR message, even after trying Cntl-Alt to direct it to use E:, and

Cntl-Alt-Shift to delete the PREPERENCE file. 

Bottom Line: Installing on a smaller (almost empty) partition DOES NOT

SOLVE MY PROBLEM - anybody have any other ideas???

PLEASE respond to my e.mail: RedCullen1@comcast.net

 

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Thanks, worked for me.

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To make your choice of Scratch disk stick you might need to run photoshop 7 as an Administrator and then set the

Scratch Disk choice.

 

Right click on the ps 7 shortcut and click Run as Administrator or right click, select More and the click Run as Administrator.

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I just found an interesting "work around" for the Scratch Disk Full error in Photoshop 7 on Win 10, after trying every known fix, of which nothing worked: switch to Image Ready and save your file, then switch back to Photoshop if needed. No Scratch Disk Full error appears in Image Ready!

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