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How to Fix Scratch Disk Is Full Error?

Help! I have a fairly new MacBook pro computer in which I downloaded Photoshop CS5. I keep getting the pop up window telling me my Scratch disk is full. It is annoying. Can anyone please tell me how to fix it?

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Actually, if you want to solve the full scratch disk problem, you would need to delete temp files and clear the disk space. Some people may assign a new scratch disk(change a hard drive you want and set it as your scratch disk) to fix the error, but you are not recommended to do so as the problem has not been actually solved. And the other problem is, when you assign a new scratch disk, it can also get full after some times using. And for some Mac users, there is only one hard drive in it. In this way, please check the following two methods to solve the problem correctly.

Method 1. Free Up Scratch Disk Manually

1. Clear Your Disk Space

Please go to your Mac drive and find out the contents which are useless or you don’t want to keep any more, delete them to free up the space. For the media files such as old videos, photos or audios you don’t want to use recently, you can transfer them to a external drive or the cloud storage.

2. Delete Temp Files

The caches from the graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop can take up a lot of space on your scratch disk if you don’t remove them. Now let’s take Photoshop program as an example to see how to delete temp files create from it. To find out the temporary files, please search your computer and look for files with extension ".tmp" and them delete them off your Mac.

Method 2. Clear Scratch Disk with Third-party tool

Third-party tool is a terrific software that can help to monitor and clear up your Mac easily. All you need to do is to have several clicks on the program and you don’t have to find out the outdated files all by yourself. Now, let’s see what magics can Third-party tool brings.

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Your systems limitations SSD size is a big factor. While you can clean off as much space on your drive you might want to look at upgrading the drive to a larger one if you are planning on working a lot with Photoshop.

Both OWC & Transcend offer drive upgrades for your system.

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