Summary: This post can help you fix the error 'Could not initialize Photoshop because the scratch disks are full.' Learn how you can fix the problem of scratch disks and how to manage the disk partition and optimize the hard drive.
“While opening Adobe Photoshop CS6 on my Windows 10 PC, I’ve faced the error “Could not initialize Photoshop because the scratch disks are full.” Somebody, please suggest a resolution? Thanks for your timely help.”
Photoshop is a versatile photo and video editing software developed by Adobe. It is used worldwide for its advanced graphics editing features. But, sometimes, you may encounter inadvertent errors and glitches that affect normal working of the software.
In this blog, we’ll focus on the error “Could not initialize Photoshop because the scratch disks are full,” share the reasons behind its occurrence, and comprehensive solutions to solve the error.
Photoshop uses the computer’s RAM to perform operations. When the RAM space turns low, the app temporarily swaps its data to a virtual memory—the PC’s inbuilt storage drive that is specified in the Photoshop Preferences as a scratch disk. For single partition on the storage drive, the scratch disk is the startup drive, i.e., C: drive.
But, when the allocated scratch disk space turns low to accommodate more data, the app throws the message “Could not initialize Photoshop because the scratch disks are full.”
The error could occur due to:
Try out the following techniques to eliminate the error:
Open File Explorer to check whether your storage drive (C: Drive which is the default preference of scratch disk) is full. If it is complete, then free up some space by removing temporary files that are clogging up the drive.
To delete your temp files, perform the following steps:
Carry out the above steps one more time by typing temp on Run in place of %temp%. Your C: drive will now have more free space. Run the Photoshop app once again. If the app has gotten sufficient free space, it won’t throw the error. Else, proceed to the next troubleshooting method.
As your error-stricken Photoshop app can’t open in Windows 10 computer due to the scratch disks full error, you must do the following:
3.If you have multiple partitions on your internal storage drive, allocate more than one drive as scratch disks to tackle low disk space on the first scratch disk. Once done, click OK.
Now, run the Photoshop app without any error.
In case your storage drive has only one partition, you can create separate disk partition for your Photoshop Scratch Disk. Steps are as follows:
Photoshop requires contiguous or non-fragmented free space on scratch disk. To do that, you need to optimize your hard drive.
Note: This method is not applicable for Solid-State Drive (SSD), as it doesn’t need defragmentation.
To optimize your hard drive, perform the following steps:
Even increasing the limit of RAM could minimize swapping of Photoshop data to the virtual memory (or scratch disk). The increased RAM usage limit will preempt the error.
To increase the RAM limit on your Photoshop, do the following steps:
We hope the shared methods will help you resolve the Photoshop error on Window 10 computer. You can begin the troubleshooting process by removing temporary files, allocating a different scratch drive location, and creating a separate disk partition for Photoshop (if you are a power user). If your PC has a hard drive, then you can optimize it to make it contiguous and non-fragmented. Even increase the RAM limit for Photoshop to solve the initialization error.
In case the edited Photoshop files turn corrupt, don’t lose hope. Use photo repair software to fix the corruption issue.
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Simply download and launch the trial version of Stellar Repair for Photo on your PC or Mac and follow the three simple steps – Add file, Repair and Preview & Save.
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