Low Disk Space Error While Updating Windows 10 on 32GB eMMC Drive

Low Disk Space Error While Updating Windows 10 on 32GB eMMC Storage

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Low Disk Space Error While Updating Windows 10 on 32GB eMMC Storage

Overview: In this post, we will learn to manage space on PC which comes with 32gb eMMC storage drive as a primary storage drive. It will help us to fix slow performance, no boot and to perform Windows update. Almost all the top brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer are selling the low priced system which comes with 32gb eMMC drives and there are millions of buyers who opt to buy these systems because of its attractively low price. These systems are not made to store a large amount of data, these are designed as cost-effective machines that store data in cloud services or external drives. Sometimes users forget and stores data files like photos, videos, music and as a result system that is configured with 32gb eMMC storage drives are full with personal data and application which causes the system to run slow, takes long time to boot or does not boot at all and moreover it becomes impossible to update Windows.

So, let’s start with the real user’s practical scenario!

Practical Scenario 1: Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Hello,  I am trying to trouble-shoot a HP laptop which runs out of space every time Windows 10 needs an upgrade. C-drive capacity reports as 27.8GB (29,945,312 bytes), and free space is currenty about 1.05GB. Free space varies very little, and is usually in the range 700MB to 1.3GB. (Windows folder alone takes up 24.5GB!)  There is very little software installed on the laptop (just Firefox and Anti-virus). When Windows updates run, the C-drive fills, making the machine virtually un-useable. This usually takes a couple of days of “teasing” to sort out for the larger Win updates. Has anyone out there experienced (and managed to get round!) this type of problem. Any advice would be gratefully received!

Source: HP Community

Just like the above user almost all the users with 32GB eMMC drive are facing this issue. So let’s fix this.

To manage space on 32gb eMMC storage please follow the below guidelines to ensure that the system runs to its optimum:

1)Perform Disk Cleanup at Regular Interval

Open disk cleanup by typing Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 search box as shown below:


Once Disk Cleanup is open put a check mark in front of the all the list and then click on Clean up system files


Once you click on Clean up system Files it will pop up a window with C drive selected, hit ok. It will again bring up disk cleanup windows again, put a check in front of all the list and then hit OK to clean the disk.


2) Uninstall Unnecessary Application to Make Some Space. Steps are shown below:

Open Apps & Features by typing Apps & Features in the Windows search box as shown below:


Once Apps & Features is open go through the list of the app installed and Uninstall app which you don’t need.


3) Clear Temporary Internet Files and Empty Recycle Bin.

Open Run box by pressing Win +R and then type in temp or %temp% and hit ok to bring up temporary files, select all by pressing Ctrl + A and delete them permanently by pressing Shift + Delete on the keyboard.

To empty the Recycle Bin, go to the desktop and then make right click on the Recycle Bin and click on Empty Recycle Bin.

4) Make Sure That You Use Storage Drive for Only Windows and Other Important Applications Like Media Player, Email, Antivirus, Browsers etc.

5) Use External Storage Devices Like USB Flash Drives, External Hard Drives to Store Large Data Files.

6) Use Cloud Storage Services to Store Photographs, Videos, Music Files etc. like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox.

Also Read :Fix Slow Performance in Windows 10

Following the above steps will help you manage as much space as you can on 32GB eMMC storage to ensure that the system is running to its optimum.

For Situations Where Windows Update Fails Due to Low Disk Space Microsoft Has Come Up with on How to Use an External Drive to Update Windows. Steps Are Provided Below:

First of all, you need an external hard drive or USB flash drive with a minimum of 10Gb space. In case of low disk space when you will try to update through Windows Update an error message will appear with the option to Fix issue. Click the ‘Fix issue‘ button, this will help you to use an external storage device. Click the link I want to use external storage.


Connect your external hard disk, then click in the second list box, choose your external hard disk or Flash Drive.


Click the Refresh button click Continue.


Click the close button, Windows Update will pick up from where it stopped and will continue with the installation.


Click Restart when it pops up to continue with the installation, do not disconnect the external hard disk or USB flash drive.

For further details, you can also visit Microsoft website on how to install updates on 32GB eMMC

We have also come across situations where we were not able to update Windows even after using the external hard drive or flash drive because we were not able to make enough space in C drive to continue the process. In this case, the only way to get the latest update is to reinstall the operating system on your system. Make sure that you backup all the data on the system before reinstalling OS because you will lose all the data.

To reinstall Windows 10 on your system with the latest update click here: Reinstall Windows to get the latest update

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Wrap up

I hope this article helped you manage storage space and to get the latest Windows update on the system which is configured with 32GB eMMC storage.

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