Steam has gained worldwide popularity since the late 1990s and now has over 30 million active users around the world. Although it is one of the most popular game platforms on the market and offers thousands of games to the players who use it, it is still one of the most buggy platforms out there.
While Valve is constantly struggling with new and annoying bugs and releasing updates too regularly, Some bugs are not fixed with a quick update. Unfortunately, some require a little manual work from the user side.
A good example of this is Steam’s “Out of Space” error, which can occur when downloading / installing a game. Annoyingly, the error stops your download and prompts you with the annoying error message. That being said, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that this error does not recur. The following article looks at the simplest ways to fix the “Out of Space” error, starting with order or success.
So let’s not waste any more time and dive right in.
Restart your PC
Let’s start with the classic, the starting point for every PC error scenario – the restart of your PC. In the event of the Steam error “Not enough space”, it is always worth restarting the PC first to ensure that no critical Steam updates are due. Some updates can affect the core of Steam. This means that only a restart can ensure that they have been correctly introduced.
It is also quite possible that a third-party application may affect the download status of your game. Although this is rare in most cases, some applications are known to do so in the past. Restarting your PC should prevent unnecessary software from loading and could be just what your system needs.
For obvious reasons, I’m not going to show you how to restart your PC.
Delete the download file
There have been several instances where the download file actually conflicted with Steam itself and the error occurred. In this scenario, Steam doesn’t know whether to install or download the game, which ultimately results in the “Out of Disk Space” error.
Try deleting the download file and restarting Steam. Here’s how:
- First close all Steam related applications. This includes opening the Task Manager and manually closing all Steam apps
- Next, navigate to your Steam directory, which is normally “C: Program Files (x86) Steam” by default
- In the Steam directory, find the folder labeled “Steamapps’
- Next, find the ‘Downloading‘ Folder
- All current download files are located here. If you download other game files, just select the files that are relevant to your mistake and download them
- Finally, restart Steam and check if the error still occurs
Run Steam in administrator mode
The problem in many Steam error scenarios is that your Windows account does not have the necessary permissions to make changes to Steam. In order for Steam to be able to check whether the available storage space for the game you want to download is available on your system, the search on your PC must be “allowed”.
To fix this, you need to try loading Steam in administrator mode.
- First close all Steam related applications
- Then right click on the desktop icon and select “Execute as administrator’From the dropdown menu
- Once Steam is loaded, you will be in admin mode. At this point, you can try the game download again to see if the problem has been fixed
Clear the steam download cache
Clearing the Steam download cache can fix a number of annoying Steam errors. In the event of an “Out of Space” error, Steam downloads can generate excessive download data in the cache, which can cause numerous errors. Certain files can be damaged, broken, or missing, and turn Steam into a large old bowl of bug soup.
Fortunately, clearing the download cache in Steam is an extremely easy process. It also has a pretty high success rate!
- If Steam has not yet started, start Steam. If so, restart it first
- After restarting on the Steam homepage, select “steam’In the navigation bar at the top
- From the drop-down menu, choose “the settings‘ Possibility
- Just search for “Settings” tabDownloadsAnd choose it
- In Downloads, you’ll see a button at the bottom of the tab that says “Clear download cache’. Just click on it and follow the instructions
- Once this is done, Steam should restart on its own (if not restarted manually).
- After the restart, try to continue the download and check if the error persists
Create an exception to your antivirus
As many know, Steam can be a nightmare when it comes to interacting with a range of different antivirus software and firewalls. For some reason, they just don’t understand each
While Steam is downloading a new game, this usually happens in the background – while you’re using Windows for something that has nothing to do with it. Steam also has a number of processes designed to make your life (as a player) significantly easier. However, these processes are sometimes frowned upon by the antivirus / firewall on your PC.
They are known to block Steam processes and background actions, which means that Steam may encounter certain errors – including the “insufficient space” we are experiencing today.
You can quickly test whether this is the case by simply deactivating your firewall for 5-10 minutes and restarting the download process. If it seems to be working normally, you know that the firewall / antivirus software is the problem.
To prevent this error from occurring in the future, you need to make an exception for Steam in your protection software. This way, your antivirus program treats Steam as if it wasn’t even there, and allows it to roam freely, which is essential for its efficient operation.
Check the integrity of the game files
Checking game file integrity is a best practice that I use regularly when I get error messages. For whatever reason, some of the game files can get corrupted – most likely because each game consists of 10 GB files – others have to get mixed up.
Aside from that, checking the game files will force Steam to look at a single game and look for damaged files. If it finds any, the files are deleted and downloaded again when it restarts.
- First, close all games that you currently have open
- After closing, navigate to your ‘Game library’
- Find the game that is causing the error message in the game library
- Just right click on the game and select “propertiesFrom the available options
- In the options, look for the option “Local filesTab in the navigation bar
- In the navigation you should see an option that says “Check the integrity of the game files.’
- Click on it and follow the instructions
- Once you’re done, just restart the game and it should download all the damaged files that have been deleted to fix the error
Free up space
If you’re still getting the annoying “Out of Space” error message, it may be time to free up space. This is probably the first thing that any user who experiences this problem does. However, it is worth doing this – even if you have the required storage space.
I always want to have at least 10% more disk space than the game needs. You never know that certain updates that were not installed with the original game can cause the error.
If deleting files on your PC isn’t an option, you can add a portable drive to your hard drive capacity. This way, you not only get the extra space you need, but you can easily take your files with you when you travel.
As with most gaming platforms, this isn’t the only flaw that annoys Steam users. That’s why we’ve created a number of guides that address the most common mistakes Steam has to offer. Below are the most popular:
So there you are, folks, our comprehensive guide on how to stop “Out of Disk Space” error. While this is a fairly simple fix, it has still brought many people into trouble in the past. That being said, it’s usually one of the easiest to fix – with any number of the above methods.
If the error persists, you can send us a message in the comments section below. Better yet, visit our Community Hub, where you can discuss anything related to Steam with like-minded people.