Getting Scratch Disk is Full" error on empty 6Gb drive. Please help!!

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Robert Marshall, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    Recently I was having scratch disk issues so I created a brand new
    partition on my drive that is 6Gb in size and am only using it as a
    scratch disk. There is nothing stored onit.

    However, when I go to crop a file, I'm getting the dreaded "Scratch
    Disk is Full" error msg. What's odd is that I can use the lasso tool,
    cut to a new layer, delete the background (what I wanted to delete),
    and then trim the blank pixels. Sure, its a workaround, but its a pain
    in the butt.

    Does anyone know of a problem with Photoshop CS and scratch disks?
    I've doublechecked, and I do have the first scratch disk set to S:
    (the partition I'm using for the scratch disk/drive). Also, I have 1Gb
    of memory onboard.

    BTW: The file size really doesn't seem to be of an issue. These are
    small jpgs from an old 1.2 mpx Fuji camera, so its not like they're
    huge images!!
    Robert Marshall, Aug 28, 2004
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    deco_time Guest

    Ususally, on my system, weird problems like that are usually cured by
    deleting the preference file. What I do now is make a copy of the pref
    file when I get PS setup the way I want it, and when the weirdness
    start, about every 2 months here, I just replace the pref file with my
    working copy and everything is back to normal and I don't loose time
    resseting all the variables. Mind you that I don't run CS...
    deco_time, Aug 28, 2004
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    Jim Guest

    That size may not be big enough. The usual figure is 5x the largest image
    you expect to load. Very few of the PS edits can be done in place and all
    layers are separate files.
    Jim, Aug 28, 2004
  4. Just a quick note. I noticed I had a figure of 1700 in. in the height
    of the crop tool. Once I erased that it allowed me to crop just fine.

    Still puzzled about why I was getting the "full" error when I still
    had nearly 500mb of memory free, not to mention the 6Gb drive for a
    scratchdisk. But as long as its working, I'm happy!

    Robert Marshall, Aug 28, 2004
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    Tacit Guest

    Just a quick note. I noticed I had a figure of 1700 in. in the height
    By doing that, you were instructing Photoshop to crop the image, and then
    resample it (as though you had used the Image Size command) to a width of 1700

    Assuming you were starting with a 1.2 megapixel RGB image at 72 pixels per
    inch, the image after you were done with the crop would have been 321.5
    megabytes in size, and would have had a pixel dimension of 12,240 pixels by
    9,180 pixels. I'm assuming this is not what you intended to do.

    In any event, that's your answer. A 6GB scratch disk is nowhere near big enough
    to accomodate such an image.
    Tacit, Aug 28, 2004
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    Chris Cox Guest

    Most likely you entered a resolution value for the crop tool and the
    resulting image is a LOT bigger than you think... (and the scratch
    would be full if it did the resampling you asked for).

    Chris Cox, Aug 29, 2004
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