Windows 10: Windows 10 update won't allow use of USB storage when disk space is low

Discus and support Windows 10 update won't allow use of USB storage when disk space is low in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi I'm looking to upgrade a small laptop computer to the latest version of Windows 10. It's a portable device with only limited flash drive storage.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by AJL78, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. AJL78 Win User

    Windows 10 update won't allow use of USB storage when disk space is low


    Hi


    I'm looking to upgrade a small laptop computer to the latest version of Windows 10. It's a portable device with only limited flash drive storage. I don't have enough storage to complete the update. I've seen it posted various times that if there isn't enough space then the updater will prompt to insert a USB drive and use that for the extra space. However, I never receive that prompt. I've used disk clean up to free up as much as I could, but don't understand why I'm not asked to use the removable media instead. I have a 16GB flash drive I'm looking to use


    Any help would be appreciated, I've read so many other threads that haven't been able to help


    Thanks

    :)
     
    AJL78, Jun 25, 2019
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  2. Noela Tum Win User

    Low Disk space and no storage

    Hi Katie,

    There are times when your Windows PC will let you know that it's low on disk space to prevent information loss. When your PC doesn't have enough disk space, it will affect the performance of your PC. Please answer these questions so we can isolate the cause
    of your concern:

    • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far?
    • How much disk space is available at this time? Can you provide me a screenshot of the current disk space?
    • What is the current OS Build of your PC? Click the Start button, then type
      winver, and then press Enter to verify this information.

    You can also visit this
    article
    on how to free up more drive space to improve the performance of your computer.

    We're looking forward to your reply.
     
    Noela Tum, Jun 25, 2019
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  3. Low Disk Space error

    I have followed all the steps suggested & the problem is not resolved. How can I do the anniversary update with a USB stick. (I have an SSD laptop with limited space & I have no games installed).
     
    PaulaBryder, Jun 25, 2019
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  4. Windows 10 update won't allow use of USB storage when disk space is low

    Unable to update due to Low disk space

    Has anyone who has a system with low disk space been able to successfully get the windows 10 update? I have done disk cleanups, moved all my files to an sd card, deleted everything i could or that windows allows me to and still have low disk space. When
    i tried to update by inserting a usb stick i was still asked to free up disk space to update which i could not! It is very frustrating that Microsoft would want to have Windows 10 installed on devices that have small disk space! Please help!
     
    Kamal_Naran, Jun 25, 2019
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