How to Fix Scratch Disk Full Error in Photoshop?

Updated on May 05, 2020

If you are a Mac user, and working on applications like Adobe Photoshop, then you might have encountered errors related to "scratch disk". The most common error occurring while working in Photoshop application is "Could not initialize Photoshop because the scratch disks are full".

If you have landed on this page means, you have experienced this issue. For the goodness, you have landed at the right place. Here, you will get to know how to fix Photoshop scratch disk error on Mac with Yodot PSD Repair for Mac software. To know how to get your job done with this tool, keep reading further..!

The Photoshop Encounters Scratch Disk Full Error Mainly at Three Instances:

1. Photoshop Crashed: The Photoshop application creates large temporary files on scratch disk and deletes them when it is finished. But, if the program does not shut down properly, then these temporary files can be left on the disk and you may encounter Could Not Initialize Photoshop Scratch Disk Full error due to unavailability of free space.

2. When Cropping Image: You may get this scratch disk full error message when you are trying to crop an image using Photoshop application. If you have entered wrong units/size and resolution values in the options bar, then the cropping tool gives scratch disk is full error message.

3. No Space on Scratch Disk: If your scratch disk memory is full then “scratch disk full error” message appears when you start the Photoshop application or while editing the image using Photoshop program.

How to Clear Scratch Disk or How to Fix Scratch Disk Error in Photoshop?

Step 1: In Windows system, press Windows and R keys together, type %LocalAppData%\Temp and hit OK. Find and delete ~PST####.tmp files (#### is a serial number).

Wherein Mac users, search Photoshop Temp and delete temp files with name Temp####.

Thus, removing all Photoshop Temp files resolve the scratch disk error in Photoshop.

Step 2: Open Photoshop Preferences and choose Scratch Disks. In Mac OS, open Photoshop CC go to Menu, choose Preferences and click on Scratch Disks. Note down your scratch disk.

Now, clear unwanted files from this scratch drive and defragment it to make scratch disk space for the Photoshop. If possible, add additional drive/partition for Photoshop to use a scratch disk or change the scratch disk to add free space.

Step 3: If you are experiencing the scratch disk is full error message, when cropping a Photoshop image, then Clear the option bar contents soon after you select the crop tool.

Using the above techniques, you can easily solve the problem scratch disk full that appears in the Photoshop application.

If your Photoshop files are corrupted when the application crashes then, you can fix this corrupted Photoshop files by using any third party repair tool. But I recommended you to try Yodot PSD Repair for fixing your corrupt PSD files that are corrupted due to Photoshop application crash on Mac OS X or Windows operating system.

Fix Photoshop Scratch Disk Full Error on Mac with Yodot PSD Repair:

Yodot PSD Repair is one of the eminent repair software that can easily fix your Photoshop files that are corrupted due to Photoshop application crash. It also repairs large sized PSD and PDD Photoshop image files on Mac system. It can fix PSD files having depths of 1, 8, 16 and 32 bits per channel. This application is compatible with all versions of Mac operating systems namely Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion. This tool can easily fix RLE compressed PSD files that are created by various Adobe Photoshop versions on Macintosh computer. This software is preferred by most of the Photoshop users due to its user-friendly interface and it supports to operate even on Windows operating system.

You might even notice missing or deletion of PSD files due to various Photoshop errors or application crash. However, there is an opt way to recover PSD file disappeared from Mac Machine or Windows system is given in the link in an easy way.

Steps to Fix Photoshop Scratch Disks are Full Error with Yodot PSD Repair:

Step 1: Launch Yodot PSD Repair software, click on the Browse button and select the corrupt/damaged PSD file that is to be repaired. Click on the Repair button.

Step 2: After the repair process, you can verify the fixed Photoshop file by using the Preview option.

Step 3: Finally, Save the repaired PSD file to your preferred location (on a new location).


  • Avoid using the drive where your operating system is installed as the scratch drive
  • Don't use a network drive or external drive as a scratch disk
  • If your computer is running with SSD then set it as your scratch disk, even if it is OS drive

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