I keep on running into a problem where Photoshop temporary files become so large that I don't have enough space on my hard drive to even save the file. The temp files aren't able to be deleted with Photoshop open so until I solve the problem, my only solution is to close the file without saving, losing changes to my work.

Is there a way to limit how much space temp files are allowed to take up on a scratch disk? Do they need to expand to 150GB+ for PS to function?

Until then, another solution is to split smart objects into linked objects so I don't load as much at once - just wondering if this is the only solution. Thanks!

  • You do understand that if you set a limit and subsequently you reach your limit then you can not do what you want anyway. So no setting a limit hardly helps.
    – joojaa
    May 1, 2018 at 7:15
  • @joojaa You do understand that it's vastly preferable for Photoshop to prevent me from maxing out my disc space with a warning prompt than for me to do work and discover that I can no longer save. So no, your passive aggressive comment hardly helps.
    – user119064
    May 1, 2018 at 7:27
  • Its not passive aggressive just checking that you understand the basics before you go into the settings and adjust things. Look into Edit (windows) -> Preferences - Performance. Its in the programs main menu on mac (forgot what its called).
    – joojaa
    May 1, 2018 at 7:31
  • @joojaa Understandable - I'm no expert which is why I came here. Do you think too much RAM allocation could be causing this or is that unrelated?
    – user119064
    May 1, 2018 at 7:34
  • Edit > Purge might help. Ideally you would assign scratch space to a separate drive than the operating system.
    – Scott
    May 1, 2018 at 14:00


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