When using Adobe Photoshop on an Apple Mac, a scratch disc error can be one of the most vexing problems to encounter. It has occurred to many of us. You are altering a photograph by tweaking the hues and attempting to enlarge the image when an error message pops stating that your scratch disks are full. Instantaneously, you save the file, close Photoshop, and then attempt to reopen it, but Photoshop will not launch.
So how do you delete your temporary files? What exactly is a scratch disc? Below, we examine three methods for clearing your Mac’s scratch disc.
What is a scratch disk?
When operating Adobe Photoshop on an Apple Mac, temporary project files must be stored in RAM. If this is full owing to insufficient storage, it will save temporary data to your hard disc or solid-state device. This phenomenon is known as a scratch disc. If a scratch disc problem arises during program loading, Adobe Photoshop indicates that your hard disc or solid-state drive lacks sufficient capacity to operate the application.
How to clear Scratch disk on Mac
On an Adobe Mac, there are numerous ways to clean your scratch drive space. Below, we examine three distinct strategies that are simple to implement.
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Free up additional disk space
The easiest solution to fix a scratch disc issue on an Apple Mac is to free up additional storage space. Start by examining where your storage is currently located. Consider your downloads folder, your installed apps (you probably have a number of programs you haven’t used in a while), and your email storage. When deleting files, be sure to remove them from your deleted things folder, as they will continue to use space if left in this folder. If you need more information about deleting files, there are numerous programs in the app store that can provide insight into what’s occupying your memory.
Clear your Photoshop cache
The second option is to clear your Photoshop cache. By deleting Adobe Photoshop’s cache, you will free up space and eliminate the scratch disc error. It is important to know that emptying the cache deletes temporary files. These files will represent past versions of your work.
Move Photoshop scratch disk to an external hard drive
You may not wish to erase Photoshop’s cache, and your laptop’s storage may be full, preventing you from deleting any files. In this instance, transferring the Adobe Photoshop scratch disc to an external hard drive is a simple fix. External hard drives are inexpensive and can be connected via a USB port. When using Photoshop, you will be required to have the external hard drive connected. We would recommend updating your laptop’s storage to resolve the issue permanently.