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Jan 19, 2018

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I am running Photoshop CC on my MacBook Air with macOS Sierra. Every time I attempt to open Photoshop through any means, the following message appears: "Could not initialize Photoshop because the scratch disks are full", and Photoshop does not open. I tried clearing space from my Mac in general including several GB worth of apps and removing several cache files, but nothing seems to work. I also tried holding down the command and option keys to reveal the Scratch Disk Preferences, and it lets me select the Startup and MacIntosh HD. Again, nothing worked. Anyone know how to fix this message, and/or clear scratch disk space?Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 8.36.51 PM.png

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Try holding down Ctrl+ALT and keep them held down and start Photoshop, you should see this

 

Learn more about setting up Scratch Disks.

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Photoshop won't open because scratch disks are full

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I am running Photoshop CC on my MacBook Air with macOS Sierra. Every time I attempt to open Photoshop through any means, the following message appears: "Could not initialize Photoshop because the scratch disks are full", and Photoshop does not open. I tried clearing space from my Mac in general including several GB worth of apps and removing several cache files, but nothing seems to work. I also tried holding down the command and option keys to reveal the Scratch Disk Preferences, and it lets me select the Startup and MacIntosh HD. Again, nothing worked. Anyone know how to fix this message, and/or clear scratch disk space?Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 8.36.51 PM.png

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Try holding down Ctrl+ALT and keep them held down and start Photoshop, you should see this

 

Learn more about setting up Scratch Disks.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 19, 2018

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How much free space does your Macbook have? Do you have an external drive you could plug in and set as scratch temporarily?

Best practice is to keep your system drive(s) as empty as possible, using additional drives (external especially in the case of portable computers) for storage.

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Jan 19, 2018

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Around 6.25 GB. I'll look around for an external storage to use, thank you

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Jan 19, 2018

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It should be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or Photoshop won't list it as a scratch disk.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 20, 2018

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Yeah, 6.25 GB isn’t enough. I’d imagine your entire system would run faster with more space.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 07, 2018

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I have a brand new HP laptop and while attempting to open my Adobe Photoshop 7.0 I get the error that the scratch disks are full. Can you help me fix this please?

Thanks in advance.

Mike

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New Here ,
Jan 28, 2019

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PHOTOSHOP WON"T OPEN! YOU CAN"T DO THAT IF YOU CAN"T OPEN IT!

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Aug 28, 2020

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Exactly!!!! and a MAC does not have ALT!!!!

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Apr 07, 2018

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I just had the same problem and found this on the Adobe photoshop support website (Optimize performance Photoshop CC😞

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If Photoshop cannot launch because the scratch disk is full, hold down the Cmd + Opt keys (Mac) or Ctrl + Alt keys (Windows) on launch to set a new scratch disk.

I was able to reset the scratch disk and so far Photoshop is launching fine. Hope this helps someone!

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New Here ,
Jun 01, 2018

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But Photoshop won't open with 8GB of free space? So I can't change it.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 01, 2018

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Hi

Try holding down Ctrl+ALT and keep them held down and start Photoshop, you should see this

 

Learn more about setting up Scratch Disks.

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Jul 01, 2018

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THANK U ❤️

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Oct 19, 2018

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Thanks!   Worked like a charm.  boot disk is small 110gb , but storage is 6 TB.

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New Here ,
Jan 28, 2019

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CAN SOME ONE GIVE THIS MAN A BEER!! THANKS!

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Feb 10, 2019

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Thank you for this! Worked for me, but have to do it by opening Photoshop from the menu rather than desktop shortcut (which I did at first).

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New Here ,
Feb 12, 2019

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What if this doesn't work? I'm having the same issues, I had it set as my external hard-drive and somehow it didn't remember. I'm pushing CTRL+ALT and nothing. I get the spinning rainbow wheel of death.

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New Here ,
Apr 02, 2019

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yeah for this forum...worked like a charm!!

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New Here ,
Feb 13, 2020

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Thanks! help me a lot

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Dec 19, 2018

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Thank you!!

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Feb 07, 2019

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This really helps. Thanks

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New Here ,
Sep 21, 2019

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I had to search WAY too long for this! This should be more obvious, more easy to find or know somehow. I had the issue that the scratch disk was no longer there, and in order to change the scratch disk you have to launch it. Finding this simple key combination earlier would have saved me about 2 hours of googling! Thank you!

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Mar 26, 2020

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Hello,

I just have had a weird problem :

I always do banners that I sent to the printer and today I had a problem. I could work on the file (doc; 742.8Mo/931.2Mo) the file is 267x208cm at 150 dpi.

I could work no problem but when saving as PDF it said that there wasn't enough space. I could get around it so saved and rebooted the iMac.

On the start, I opened Photoshop and it said that the scratch disks were full thus impossible to star Photoshop.

I went to the appel logo and clicked "about this Mac/storage." it says that my HD has has 231 Go free out of 1.03 To.

The document I work on is stored in an external drive  of 3To (518 free Go).

I have 32 Go of memory DDR4 and allowed photoshop to use 90% if needed.

I'm under Catalina.

When I chose the scratch drive it tells me that my HD - Data has only 26 Go free space when I empied a lot of space from videos etc.

Now when I go in Disk Utilities it says that my Fusion Drive has Mac-HD and MacHD - Data. Mac HD is almost empy and Mac HD - Data is almost full with only 26 Go of free space. How is that possible?

I just tried to uninstall via the Creative Cloud App but it give me an error to unstall #105

Any clues?

 

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Sep 10, 2018

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How do you change scratch disks? I only get 2 choices None or Hard drive on 2nd, 3rd and 4th. First option is Startup or Hard drive

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 10, 2018

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First you must have a second internal or external drive attached and it must be formatted for the system it is on.

HFS+ for Mac, and NTFS if it is Windows. Photoshop will not list it otherwise even if it shows up on the Desktop.

There is a drop-down menu for each drive in the dialog. Click on it to see if your disk is listed and select it. Click OK to confirm.

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Sep 24, 2019

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If we do have an internal drive, how do we format it for NTFS. I only have the option to format it to c:/

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Sep 24, 2019

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I looked and it is formatted correctly, but it still doesn't show up in the drop down menu.

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New Here ,
May 24, 2019

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I have put my hard drive in and changed the disk drive to that. But does that mean that I can’t use photoshop without my hard drive  plugged in ??

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May 24, 2019

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Not if your internal drive is too full to work.

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New Here ,
May 27, 2019

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I found a fix for a scratch disk issue that would almost make my 😧 and E: drives full, (scratch disk locations)*

What happened was I tried to make a new document in 1000x1000. Once I did that, my two 😧 and E: drives went from 300 GB and 200 GB space free, to 6 GB free on both. The issue was that I used "inches", and not "pixels" when creating the document. I didn't find a fix for this until 8 hours, so anyone else with that issue can relax with 500 GB of temp files overloading their drives .

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May 02, 2020

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this is what I was looking for, thanks man! made the same mistake lol

 

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