Disk error: Could not initialize Photoshop Elements


When you launch Photoshop Elements, you get the error: “Could Not Initialize Photoshop Elements because the disk is full.”

Disk is full error message


This issue means that the start-up disk is running low on space or out of available space.


Photoshop Elements needs at least 3 GB disk space to launch.


  1. Free up additional hard drive space by deleting unnecessary files up to 3 GB from the start-up disk or by moving your files in the start-up disk to another storage location.

  2. Disable Auto creations:

    1. Go to Elements Organizer
    2. Open Preferences > Media-Analysis 
    3. Deselect Generate Auto Creations
  3. Restart your computer.


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