How to fix Windows Media Center reporting not enough disk space when there is plenty

I had an email from a TDL reader with a problem that Windows Media Center would not record saying not enough disk space despite there being plenty available. I have had this before and I fixed it by resetting Media Center and I thought I would put it on the blog in case anybody else has the problem. There may be a better way of fixing it but this worked for me and the reader.

Problem:

I have windows 8 installed on my new computer. Every time I try to record a TV program I get a message that says there is not enough hard drive space on the computer even though this a new computer with more than 800gb of storage space. The C drive is selected. I’ve tried to record to each of 3 external hard drives that all have more than 300gb of space and get the same message every time. Any suggestions?

Solution:

  1. Close Media Center
  2. Load Task Scheduler (In Windows 7 click Start Run and type taskschd.msc and press enter. In Windows 8 right click in the bottom right corner of Windows and select Run, type taskschd.msc and press enter)
  3. In task manager expand the Task Scheduler Library.
  4. Expand the Microsoft tree
  5. Expand the Windows tree and click on Media Center. You should see a list of task in the right hand pane.
  6. Right Click on MediaCenterRecoveryTask and select Run.
  7. The status will change to Running, close Task Manager
  8. Load Windows Media Center and Media Center will display a prompt asking you to run the setup again
  9. Now you will have to re-setup your tuners and other Media Center configuration but it should fix the drive space problem.

Note: You will lose scheduled recordings, history etc. If you use my Media Center backup tool you should be ok to restore your recording schedules.

 

 

About the author Ian Dixon:

Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.


  • CMWARTIME

    what a load of shit. this should not be necessary!!

  • Joacchim

    This did not work for me, but maybe my problem isn’t what this is supposed to fix. I get the disk full error – clear recordings to make room, and like others I don’t have any recordings stored. BUT, I have a 250GB SSD and when I right click on the C: drive in Windows (7) Explorer, then click on Properties, it shows my C drive is almost completely full. But when I click on each of the subfolders within C:, none of them show anywhere near approaching 250GB total. The exception is the Windows folder, which shows about 50GB. Is there some other solution? Am I overlooking some hidden files, or what? Thanks in advance!

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