The Disk Does Not Have Enough Space to Replace Bad Clusters

While performing a disk check on Windows, you might encounter the error “the disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters”. You will wonder what this error is and why it is appearing. To help you fix this error, in this article, we will explain the causes and solutions to fix this error.

To understand this error, first, you need to know what is a bad cluster. Bad clusters are simply sections of the hard drive that are damaged or corrupted and cannot be read or written by the system. When Windows detects a bad cluster on your hard drive, it automatically moves if it contains any data to a healthy cluster and marks it as a bad cluster.

Windows need spare clusters to repair and replace the bad clusters on your device, and when Windows cannot find enough spare clusters to replace the bad clusters. Here you will get this error “the disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters”, and this can happen for several reasons, such as:

  1. Your hard drive is full and there is not enough free space for reallocation
  2. Your hard drive has too many bad sectors and there is not enough spare clusters available
  3. Your hard drive is failing and needs to be replaced.

How to fix the disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters?

1. Free up some disk space:

You need to free up some disk space by deleting unnecessary files on your device. Check for unused files and move them to an external hard drive or the cloud—Uninstall unused software and apps. Then rerun the disk check to see if you received this error again.

2. Use the third-party tool:

Sometimes you cannot rely on just Windows built-in tools. You need to use some third-party software that can fix the bad sectors more efficiently on your Windows. You can find multiple free or paid tools online to help you fix this error.

3. Replace the hard drive:

If none of the above solutions worked for you, try to replace the hard drive and see if you can eliminate this error in your new hard drive. To simplify your life, you can clone your hard drive using free disk cloning software or restore your Windows and files through a backup.

I hope the above suggestion will help you understand and resolve the error “the disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters” in Windows. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.