There is not enough space on one or more media to complete the operation
It is known that Windows users can 10/8/7 or Windows 7 to the Disk Management contact instead of a partitioning software third-party to create a partition, expand or shrink. However, this tool has major limitations. And many users report that they fail to manage partition with this tool. Here’s an example:
I have a new PC with a 1 TB hard drive. With Disk Management, I was able to shrink the boot partition from 920 GB to 461 GB. In the new unallocated area of 458 GB, I wanted to use Disk Management to create a new simple volume. First comes a warning that the basic disk will be converted to dynamic disk. To my answer “Yes”, I get the error message “” There is not enough space on at least one disk to complete the process.
Now what should we do if we get into this situation? Do you know how to fix this error? If you belong to the group that received such an error message, please do not panic. Because you can find solutions for this in this post.
Now let’s discuss this problem in detail.
Part 1: Not enough space available on the disk to create a partition
Sometimes you may get this warning, “There is not enough free space on one disk to complete” when trying to create a new partition on the free space using Windows’s built-in Disk Management tool.
I formatted my 30 gig partition on my 1 TB hard drive. I deleted the partition and wanted to keep dividing it, but when I deleted it it saved as free space rather than unallocated. Every time I try to create a simple volume or delete the partition, the error message “There is not enough space on one disk to complete the operation” appears. I have never received such an error message on this partition.
Cause of this error
When trying to create a new partition on free space using Disk Management, the error “Not enough space is available on one or more volumes” may appear. This is mainly due to the limitation of the extended partition and disk management tool. ( On this EBR (Extended Boot Record, Boot Record of an Extended Partition under DOS) page, further information about the extended partition is displayed .)
In this case, you have two options.
Option 1: You can clear the free space to get unallocated space. Then create a new partition on the unallocated space using Disk Management.
Option 2: You can ask professional but free partitioning software to help you fix the error and free up some free space. MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended here because it has complete features and simple uses.
Tip: If you don’t trust the capabilities of this professional software, download it now and try it out for yourself.
Now let’s look at the detailed steps.
First, run MiniTool Partition Wizard free edition. Then choose “MiniTool Partition Wizard Free” in the pop-up window. ( This window only appears in the free edition. )
Second, select the free space or right-click on the one you want to use. Then press the function “Create partition” from one of the three areas marked with a red frame.
Third, you can specify the parameters for the new partition. When you’re done, click OK to continue.
Partition label: Give this newly created partition a label that allows you to easily identify this partition.
Drive letter: You are able to choose a letter from D: to Z: (This letter should not be occupied by another existing partition. Otherwise it will not be available.)
File system: You can format this partition as FAT, NTFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4 or Linux swap. Or you can leave them unformatted.
Cluster size: It is recommended that you keep the default cluster size unless you have special needs. You can change the cluster size to 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k, 32k, or 64k.
Size and location: You are able to determine the size and location of the new partition by moving the slider or, more precisely, by entering a number in MB
Finally, click “Apply” on the toolbar to make all changes.
I used this tool with the help of the video below to solve the partition creation problem mentioned above.
Part 2: not enough space available on the disk to shrink a volume
When trying to shrink a volume, you might also get the following error:
“There is not enough space available on at least one data carrier.”
Or, Disk Management will show you little space to shrink, but if there is more than one free space.
Cause of this error
Once you open Disk Management, some applications will apply some changes to your partitions. Then the partition status will be displayed differently than the real status in Disk Management. As a result, you will get the partition extending error. Also, you cannot shrink it if there is an immovable file in the middle of the hard drive. Another cause is that swap files or immobile/encrypted system files are at the end of the volume.
For more information, please read our previous post: Why Windows 7 Cannot Reduce Partition Size and How to Solve It.
Method 1: Reread the disk
In most cases, you can simply right-click on Disk Management and select “Reread Disk” under the “Action” menu to fix this problem. After the partitions and volumes are reread, you will be able to shrink the volume.
However, it does not always work to read data carriers again! If you are still unable to shrink the volume, you can use the following method.
Do you want to find the best solution?
Method 2: use free professional partitioning software
MiniTool Partition Wizard, a professional partition freeware that works well on Windows XP / Vista / 7/8/10, can shrink partitions easily and quickly.
Run the freeware.
Then select the partition you want to shrink and select “Move / Resize Partition” from the left action pane or “Move / Resize” from the drop-down menu.
Now shorten the length of the slider to make the partition smaller. After you have reached the desired partition size, click “OK” and return to the main interface. You can also enter the exact number in the area below.
Note: In the window “Move / Resize” you can still see the option “Use the” advanced data protection mode “, which is selected as the default. Please keep this option checked because it offers the best protection for your data.
Finally, click the “Apply” button to make all changes.
Up to this point, all tasks have already been completed.
I have resolved the above “Insufficient Disk Space” problem by shrinking the partition.
Part 3: Not enough space available on the disk to expand a volume
Over time, your partition could run out of space due to the caches, temporary files, or other programs on Windows Server 2012. You can use the Extend Volume feature in Disk Management to extend the partition size. However, you may be affected by the following error, even though the remaining space is displayed in your disk management:
“There is not enough space on at least one disk to complete the process.”
So, it is proven that a lot of server users are affected by this problem. As soon as this error occurs, it is not possible to extend volume with Disk Management or diskpart.exe.
Then we will show you how to fix this error.
To solve this problem, it might help to right-click on Disk Management. However, it doesn’t work every time. Can you still use free space under this circumstance and expand the volume that lacks free space?
The answer is yes!
MiniTool Partition Wizard, a professional partitioning tool, can help you resize partitions easily and effectively without affecting the original data.
Note: MiniTool Partition Wizard free edition does not support Windows Server OS. Now you should choose Server Edition or Advanced Editions to fix this error. The edition comparison of MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you choose a suitable tool.
Select the target partition on the main interface of this software and then use the ” Move / Resize ” or “Extend Partition” function. Here we take Extend Partition as an example because it allows you to take free space from other existing partitions or unallocated space on the same disk. ( We’ll take Server Demo as an example. )
Now open the “Take free space from” drop-down list and select an existing partition (it can be any partition and you can choose a suitable partition according to your need) or unallocated space to use free space. Then drag the slider to the left or right and decide how much free space you want to take up, with the partition size-changing intuitively. Then click “OK” and you will be returned to the main interface.
Finally, click the “Apply” button in the top left to apply all changes.
Note: The demo edition is not able to perform the operations. Please choose the paid edition to achieve your goal.
Part 4: Not enough space available on the disk to convert a basic disk to dynamic
Sometimes you need to convert your basic disk to a dynamic disk due to professional needs. ( You can read more information about the two types of hard drive configurations in the post “ What are Basic Disk and Dynamic Disk? The Properties of Basic / Dynamic Disk”.) And Disk Management can complete this conversion without data loss. Here are the steps to do so: right-click the basic disk, select “Convert to Dynamic Disk” from the drop-down list, then follow the instructions and you will be able to complete this task. However, you might get the following error message while converting:
It happens when there is not enough free space that is not partitioned at the end of the drive to create the database for the dynamic drive. To fix this error, you need to shrink the last partition so that such a space is created using the Shrink Volume feature.