Not enough free disk space when upgrading


Just tried my 1st sudo do-release-upgrade -d to upgrade from Ubuntu Gnome 14.04-1 to 14.10 but getting an error message that confuses me.My hard drive is 1TB and I have a good 700GB left so can’t be that.

Log in the terminal:

“Checking package manager
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Building data structures… Done

Calculating the changes

Calculating the changes

Not enough free disk space

The upgrade has aborted. The upgrade needs a total of 63.1 M free
space on disk ‘/boot’. Please free at least an additional 22.0 M of
disk space on ‘/boot’. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages
of former installations using ‘sudo apt-get clean’.

Restoring original system state

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Building data structures… Done”

Solution: Do...

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Question: How To Fix “Not Enough Free Disk Space On /boot” In Ubuntu?

Today, I got the following error, but a simple one, when try to update my Lubuntu 14.04 desktop.

“Not Enough Free Disk Space On /boot”

This is because my /boot partition has caught up with unwanted old kernels, packages etc.


I heard about Computer Janitor feature which will remove unwanted old junk files in Ubuntu Tweak tool. Using the Computer Janitor, you can clean up your system like a freshly installed system. Janitor will remove;

Apps cache(Firefox/Chrome cache, Software center cache); Thumbnail cache; Apt cache; Old kernels; Package configs; And unneeded packages.

If you haven’t install this tool, look at the following link.

To remove unwanted junk files, open Ubuntu Tweak, and click on the Janitor option.

Select the check the boxes to remove unwanted junk from your system, and click Clean button.


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A lot of instances reported by Windows OS customers when they try to upgrade their operating systems

From Windows Vista to Windows 7, or, From Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2,or, From Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2, or, From Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012.

the upgrade fails with the error “There is not enough free space on partition (C:) A total of space_size megabytes (MB) of free disk space is required. Try Disk Cleanup, or moving files to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive, and then restart the installation”

There are 2 ways you can deal with this problem.

First Option :-

Free up space on the system volumeUse Disk Cleanup, or try to move files to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard disk drive. Then, restart the installation. Make sure that required free space is available on the system drive.
To free up space on your hard disk, Disk Cleanup...

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All Windows 7 and Windows 8 users are allowed to upgrade their PC to Windows 10 operating system for free, but many users run into a problem when they try to upgrade to Windows 10. Everything goes well at the beginning, but Windows 10 upgrade fails finally showing error message like "Windows needs more space…"

If you receive the alert message saying there is not enough free space for Windows 10 upgrade, it usually means that the C drive is running on low disk space because Windows operating system is installed on C partition. What can you do when Windows 10 upgraded failed because there is insufficient free space on C drive?

Solutions for Windows 10 Upgrade Failure When C Drive Runs on Low Disk Space

When Windows pops up message saying that Windows needs more space in order to complete the Windows 10 upgrade, it also gives you some options to resolve the problem:
Option 1: Use Disk Cleanup to free up space
Option 2: Choose another drive or...

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While many Windows machine are now running the latest operating system, Windows 10, users having devices with less free disk space may still be struggling with the upgrade process. If you are one of the Surface or Tablet users having less free disk space, this write-up may help you. In this post we will see how to upgrade, Surface, Tablets and other devices, having less free disk space or small hard drives of size 32 GB or less.

Upgrade Devices with less free disk space to Windows 10

Seeing the upgrade issues and high demand, Microsoft recently started rolling out the downloads in an organized way for the users having devices with little hard drive space.

Windows needs more space

Microsoft has since Aug 4th, sent notifications to such devices, and offered them the Windows 10 free upgrade. If you are seeing such a notification, go ahead and use this method to upgrade.

If not, then such users can now also upgrade their Tablets and...

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I just bought a W1-810 tablet yesterday.

I haven't installed any programs yet, because I wanted to update the tablet to Windows 10 first.

I have installed a 32GB memory card.

I have downloaded Windows 10 through Windows' own Windows Update.

BUT: When the tablet gets ready to install version 10, I get this error message:

Windows needs an additional 9.35 GB on the C: drive.

So, this is my problem:

I have a 32GB external memory card inserted into the tablet.

When I open the C drive to see how much space there is, there is only 8.28GB available out of 20.7 - and I haven't even installed any programs yet (apart from downloading Windows 10).

So does this mean I won't be able to install Windows 10, or is there something I can do?


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Note: this answer is meant to be more of an 'explanation' than providing the best/easiest way to remove old kernels. For the best/easiest way to remove old kernels, please review the other answers.

Okay, so from the output of /etc/fstab you posted, it seems that your /boot is mounted on a separate partition, and from the output of df -h, that partition is full. This is because there are old kernels installed that are not needed; you can tell that by looking at the output of dpkg -l | grep linux-image that you posted, where you can see more than one "linux-image" with different versions. We need to remove the old versions.

First, I want you to run the command uname -r in a terminal, this will show you the kernel version you are currently using. We never want to remove that kernel version. The command will say something like this 3.5.0-26-generic. Take a note of that number, 26! The following commands will assume that that's the kernel you're running.


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The Issues

While trying to do Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 upgrade to Windows 10, users may receive a prompt message that Windows needs more space offering two other options to solve it, one is "Use Disk Cleanup to free up space", the other is "Choose another drive or attach an external hard drive with xx GB available".

What’s worse, the upgrading to Windows 10 process fails because not enough disk space with the error code: 0x80070057 or other errors.

The Causes

Windows 10 needs more space on the system drive to store some necessary files, but your C: drive does not have enough free space, so the error occurs. Usually you need about 8 GB free disk space to upgrade to Windows 10. That some installation packages of Windows 10 may include all the language packs of operating system (OS) may also cause insufficient disk space error, which has been announced as a bug by Microsoft.

The Solutions

There are a few methods to free up disk...

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The answer is twofold.

Workaround: use /dev/xvdb (/mnt) for temporary data

This is the so called ephemeral storage of your Amazon EC2 instance and its characteristics are vastly different than the of the persistent Amazon EBS storage in use elsewhere. In particular, this ephemeral storage will be lost on stop/start cycles and can generally go away, so you definitely don't want to put anything of lasting value there, i.e. only put temporary data there you can afford to lose or rebuild easily, like a swap file or strictly temporary data in use during computations. Of course you might store huge indexes there for example, but must be prepared to rebuild these after the storage has been cleared for whatever reason (instance reboot, hardware failure, ...).

Solution: resize /dev/xvda1 (/) to gain desired storage

This is the so called Root Device Storage of your Amazon EBS-backed EC2 instance, which facilitates Amazon EBS for flexibility and durability in...

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iOS 8 brings the biggest functional increase to the iPhone and iPad since... forever. But it also brings the pain of 4GB of storage you need to free up before you can install it.

When you use Software Update to download and install iOS 8, not only do you need the space to store the file, you need the space to stage it while the update takes place. That might not be a problem on a 64GB or 128GB device. On an 8GB or 16GB device, however, it can be maddening. Luckily, there are several things you can do to make downloading and installing iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad much, much easier.

1. Download and install iOS 8 using iTunes

Rather than use Software Update to wirelessly download and install iOS 8, you can go old-school and connect to your Mac or Windows PC via USB cable and update using iTunes. The advantage is that the download goes onto your computer, not onto your iPhone or iPad, so you don't need anywhere nearly as much space. For many people, updating...

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If you have been using your computer for a while, you will notice your storage device (hard disk or SSD) will begin losing space over time. Factors for this includes the data we store on the drive such as our documents, photos, music, videos and other files. Limited space is especially an issue if you are using a Ultrabook which often comes with a low capacity SSD drive. There are some common work arounds for this which includes archiving older files to an external hard disk. For some persons though, this is not an option. So whats eating up that space and how can I free it up to get back some of it? Lets find out.

Instructions for this article can be applies to Windows Vista and later versions.

Windows over time will accumulate data outside of the normal types of data we store. This can include things like copies of Windows Updates, memory dump files used to diagnose and troubleshoot error messages, temporary internet files for web pages we often visit and Windows...

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How to Free Up and Recover Hard Drive Space in Windows 7




WinDirStat is a free disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool that will help you to see exactly what total of system and user files are using up your hard drive's space.

Be sure to check Show Unknown in the WirDirStat options to see how much (if any) space is unknown to WinDirStat.

1. See: WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics



WizTree lets you quickly find the files and folders using the most space on your hard drive. 1. See: Antibody Software - WizTree finds the files and folders using the most disk space on your hard drive


Uninstall Programs

This is especially a problem with OEM computers that come with a ton of programs preinstalled that you may not need. 1. Uninstall programs that you do not use or want on your...
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If you are one of those who have upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, there is a way to free up a lot of disk space. It makes use of a special setting in the Windows Disk Cleanup system utility.

When you upgrade to Windows 8.1, the previous Windows 8 files are saved in a special hidden system folder called "Windows.old". Added later: On some sytems the file is only marked Read-only. This is a backup in case something goes wrong with the upgrade. The old files take up several GB of space (on my system, nearly 6 GB). Once you are sure that the new Windows 8.1 system is working properly, there is no need to keep these files, especially if your disk space is limited. However, this special folder cannot be deleted in the usual way and here is how to remove the files. (But remember, once deleted, they cannot be recovered.)

Open This PC (the new name for Computer) Right-click the system drive (usually C:) Select “Properties” in the context menu Click the button...
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