Disable Dangerous "Free Up Disk Space" message

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by DavidA4, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. DavidA4

    DavidA4 Bit Poster

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    A while back, I had to reinstall my macOS after pressing the "Free Up Disk Space" offering.

    At this time I am receiving periodic messages from Parallels Desktop to free up disk space, I worry that I'll accidentally invoke the "Free Up Disk Space" routine. I want to be sure there is zero chance I'd accidentally click this option ever again.

    I need to disable this message (see attached screen capture). The damage inflicted by the Parallels Desktop "Free Up Disk Space" feature is so severe that I need to be absolutely sure that this process never runs again.

    Thanks,

    David
     

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  2. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Parallels Team

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    Hi @DavidA4, Using Free Disk Space Wizard, you can compress the virtual machine hard disk(s) and remove various unnecessary files to free up disk space. It's very strange behavior of free up space option.
    You can just check this KB article for more info about this Parallels wizard https://kb.parallels.com/123553
    Except for that please use this post to disable Parallels Desktop notifications.
     
  3. RHS

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    Yes indeed it is strange behavior. DavidA4 posted to my thread in the Installation and Configuration forum: "Mac host file system corruption during shrinking of PD13 Win10 VM". It's PD14 now. Upgrading did not help. Shrinking the VM on a Mac using APFS causes the shrinking process to run for several hours, and eventually hang up, causing corruption of the APFS file system as well as the VM file itself. I cannot shrink my VM now. I've had to restore my entire system from Time Machine 6 times now.
     
  4. diamondsoftware

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    Hi,
    there is a lot of other thread about this problem, but since now no answer from Parallels.
    As said in another thread, I think it 's a problem with the new Apple system format APFS, because if I copy a virtual machine on a old imac with HFS+ format, and do the remain, it works (and also fast remain). Also in APFS format i see that the size of remain place increase faster than before. There is definitely a bug in Parallels + APFS system.
     
  5. jacksonj1

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    Hello,
    If you have multiple drives, and the problem is not the system drive, a low space warning notification is not so important. You can disable a low disk warning by a system registry setting.
    The easy way is to download the TweakUI tool. After the downloading complete, Click on start menu and uncheck the box "Warn when low on disk space and now click exit from TweakUI. after that restart your computer and change your setting.
     
  6. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Parallels Team

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    Guys, once the issue reproduced, please generate the problem report and reply us back with the report ID.
     
  7. RHS

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    Maria,
    I have no idea how to do that.
    Once the shrink fails, the Windows VM is corrupted and won't boot up.
    And the Mac file system is corrupted.
    The only evidence I can provide was what I pasted into my original post.
     
  8. MikeO6

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    Had this once before and had to restore from a Time Machine backup.
    Foolishly did this again today in a rush and have an unfixable Mac HDD and a broken VM again. Back to Time Machine.
    Parallels need to fix this right now. This issue is too serious to tolerate.
     
  9. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Parallels Team

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    Guys, in order to fix it, we need more technical data - problem report
    Is it possible to generate it?
     
  10. MikeO6

    MikeO6 Bit Poster

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    I sent one in today after my Mac got trashed.
     
  11. RHS

    RHS Bit Poster

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    MIke06 - I wanted to send in a tech report, but I was very hesitant to destroy my Mac on purpose just to generate one of these things. Thank you for taking one for the team!
     
  12. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Parallels Team

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    Thanks a lot for the report Mike, I've provided Parallels Engineering team with this info. Once we get any updates we will let you know. Thank you once again.
     

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