Unable to enable Windows Disk Protection RRS feed

  • Question


    We used to have windows shared toolkit installed on this PC and we noticed that disk protection could not be enabled. 

    We uninstalled the shared toolkit and installed steady state. 

    After installing steady state the same problem has ocurred so we ran the defragment, uninstalled and reinstalled steady state again and disk protection still won't be enabled. 

    Drive space is as follows:


    c: 9.77 GB capacity; 3.62 full

    e: 19.53-6.48

    F: 3.81-3.54

    G: 41.42-40.86


    these partitions are all on one physical hard drive

    disk defragment looks clean now\


    Exact error message is:

    "Windows disk protection cannot be installed and enabled.  There is not enough space on the disk."


    I have also ran check disk with repair option (no errors found) and ran the defrag again after running checkdisk







    Thursday, October 25, 2007 10:29 PM


  • Hi DBlincoe,


    Windows Disk Protection will calculate the size of your hard disk and create a cache file equal to 50 percent (up to 40 gigabytes [GB]) of the free hard disk space.


    As the current disk space (9.77-3.62)/2= 3.075 is smaller than 3.62 GB, it's an expected issue that the cache file cannot be created. We need to free more space on drive C. Here are some suggestions:


    Method 1: Empty the Temp Folder


    1. Click "Start", click "Run", input "cleanmgr.exe" (without quotation marks), and then press "Enter".

    2. Click "C:" (or whatever drive on which Windows is installed), and then click "OK".

    3. Click to select the "Temporary files" and "Temporary Internet Files" check boxes.

    4. Click "OK", and then click "Yes" to confirm the deletion.


    Method 2: Disable Hibernation


    1. Click "Start", click "Run", input "POWERCFG.CPL" (without quotation marks) and press "Enter".

    2. On the "Hibernate" tab, click to clear the check box beside "Enable hibernation" and click "OK".


    Method 3: Set Paging file to be smaller or move the paging file to another partition.


    1. Click "Start", click "Run", input "sysdm.cpl" (without quotation marks) and press "Enter".

    2. On the "Advanced" tab, click the "Settings" button in the "Performance" section.

    3. On the "Advanced" tab, click the "Change" button in the "Virtual memory" section.

    4. You can manually set the size of the Paging file. I suggest setting the Initial size to 128 MB and set the Maximum size to 256 MB. Remember to click the "Set" button after you have inputted these values.


    Also, you may move the current paging file to another partition. For more information, please refer to:


    "HOW TO: Move the Paging File in Windows XP"



    After that, please check if WDP can be enabled.


    Best Regards,

    Monday, October 29, 2007 5:32 AM