"not enough disk space" error but appear to have loads of space available

Asked by Tomas Bernal

I have Ubuntu 12.04 on an Asus laptop sharing space with Windows. When I installed Ubuntu I'm not sure how much I chose to partition for it but pretty sure I alotted lots of disk space as Windows goes straight to blue screen and can only be used in safe mode (so, needless to say, I don't have much need for it). When downloading torrents with Transmission, they will stop part way through and give an error message about "not enough disk space" and stop downloading. I can usually get them going again by deleting other movies that I no longer want, but I don't understand why there is so little disk space available (this computer is one year old and appears to have many hundreds of gb of disk space, and I have very little downloaded and installed). I have downloaded gparted and have run some command in terminal to check disk space but don't understand what they mean. I took screenshots showing data from both but don't know how to add them here. So, gparted shows 4 file systems--fat32, ntfs, extended, and another ntfs. They are sized, respectively, 25gb, 197.55gb, 243.21gb, and 243.21gb again. Space used, respectively, is 11.55gb, 151.98gb, ---, and 3.00gb. Unused is 13.45gb, 45.57gb, ---, and 240.21gb. So, you can see that, regardless of which file system represents Ubuntu and which represents Windows I should not be having problems downloading 1gb movies. I'd like to know how to solve this problem of "not enough disk space". Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

Lets examine your Ubuntu's partition space .

Open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and apply the command below

df -Tih

Give back here the FULL results.


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Tomas Bernal (pedal) said :

Filesystem Type Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on
/dev/loop0 ext3 2.2M 160K 2.1M 8% /
udev devtmpfs 481K 535 480K 1% /dev
tmpfs tmpfs 483K 458 482K 1% /run
none tmpfs 483K 3 483K 1% /run/lock
none tmpfs 483K 14 483K 1% /run/shm
/dev/sda2 fuseblk 46M 151K 46M 1% /host

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

One more time please without the -i parameter

df -Th


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Tomas Bernal (pedal) said :

Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/loop0 ext3 17G 13G 4.2G 76% /
udev devtmpfs 1.9G 4.0K 1.9G 1% /dev
tmpfs tmpfs 772M 868K 771M 1% /run
none tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none tmpfs 1.9G 1016K 1.9G 1% /run/shm
/dev/sda2 fuseblk 198G 152G 46G 77% /host

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

Is this a wubi.exe installation ? You installed Ubuntu from within Windows ?

Your root partition is not full , but has little space available. 4.2GB , so if you download a movie e.g larger than 4.2GB , then the message should appear for "not enough space".

the /host (I assume is Windows partition) have larger space available . So you can point to that partition to save your files ..

Transmission (torrent client) has this option , it asks you where to save the files. Change the default to another place (inside /host) to save the files.

If this is a wubi.exe installation of Ubuntu then consider twice to switch to a regular installation. You said in description that Windows are almost unusable , so the best solution at this moment would be a fresh regular (and not wubi.exe) install of Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS.

Steps to install Ubuntu to whole disk are simple. Search (google) or post back here for simple steps guide.


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Tomas Bernal (pedal) said :

thank you. ill try this!

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Tomas Bernal (pedal) said :

I finally tried to set the transmission download default to somewhere else as you suggested but can't figure out where the "/host" partition you're talking about is. When I go to change the transmission save-to location the dropdown menu has these options:

Love [computer's name]
file system
documents music
downloads [again]

How do I change the save-to location to the /host partition you're talking about?

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