This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable reserved storage or reserved disk space when using Windows 11. Reserved storage is a feature in Windows 11 that set aside potion of the system disk as reserve for use by temporary files, caches, and other files.
Windows reserves this potion of the disk to keep the space usage on your computer more predictable and stable, ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space. Windows 11 will automatically clear the reserve storage when the main disk is running out of free space so that it can be used for Windows updates and other processes.
The default size of Reserved Storage is around 7 GB. However the size may vary based on the size of the disk space, processes, number of apps installed, etc. In most cases, you will not want to delete the reserved storage space, but it’s important to Windows.
If you need to delete the reserved storage space, well, you can do it. However, it’s not recommended. Or if there’s no reserved storage on the system, you can use the steps below to recreate one.
To get started with disabling or enabling reserved storage space in Windows 11, follow the steps below:
How to disable reserved storage space in Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows creates reserved storage space to keep the space usage on your computer more predictable and more stable, ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space.
However, user can delete this reserved storage, although not recommended.
To view the your computer reserved storage, go to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> System ==> Storage ==> Advanced storage settings ==> Storage used on other drives.
Then click on the Local Disk (C:).
Next, select System & reserved. On that window, you should see your computer Reserved storage.
Now, to disable the reserved storage, click on Start the search for Command Prompt. Right-click the Command Prompt and and select Run as administrator.
When the Command Prompt app opens, run the commands below to disable Windows 11 reserved storage.
DISM /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Disabled
It should take a few minutes for the reserved storage to disappear from the settings pane.
Below image shows Windows 11 without reserved storage
How to enable reserved storage in Windows 11
If you change your mind about deleting Windows reserved storage, you can simply run the commands below to re-create the reserved storage.
Again, open the Command Prompt as administrator, then run the commands below.
DISM /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Enabled
The reserved storage should be recreated.
This post showed you how to delete and recreate Windows 11 reserved storage. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.