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Can't Uninstall: Not Enough Space On HDD

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I'm trying to uninstall Adaware because it's not working properly in several ways, but I can't uninstall it because "There is not enough space on your hard drive."

Does Adaware require space on the hard drive to write temporary files for uninstalling? It seems dumb that it should require new space to free up old space, but I understand technology works in strange ways sometimes.

My HDD space is indeed very small, and I need to clean it up and move programs over to my secondary drive, so I'm hoping this isn't a common issue for uninstalling or I might be in big trouble.

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49 minutes ago, Brotuulaan said:

I'm trying to uninstall Adaware because it's not working properly in several ways, but I can't uninstall it because "There is not enough space on your hard drive."

Does Adaware require space on the hard drive to write temporary files for uninstalling? It seems dumb that it should require new space to free up old space, but I understand technology works in strange ways sometimes.

My HDD space is indeed very small, and I need to clean it up and move programs over to my secondary drive, so I'm hoping this isn't a common issue for uninstalling or I might be in big trouble.

Hi @Brotuulaan,

I don't know how the uninstallation of adaware antivirus works but it's possible that files that are only used during uninstallation usually are compressed to save disk space, but needs to be decompressed before they are used.

Is it possible for you to temporary move another folder to the secondary drive, e.g. the program folder of another program?
Of course, you should move the folder back to the primary drive before using the program. I assume that you already have moved all your personal files to the secondary drive and have used the program Disk Cleanup in system and user mode.

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Ah, that makes sense. I hadn't considered the compression/decompression thing.

I looked around for a while to see what folders were free to move (good thought, though, about moving program folders and putting them back before using the program again), and I found my old Dropbox folders there that I didn't need anymore. I deleted those, and I'm all good to go!

I'm going to plan on keeping a movable file on all my hard drives for this issue in future, so there's always something I can drag out and free up space for uninstalling.

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