I am trying to reinstall adobe photoshop 7.0
on a replacement desktop computer. HP
with Windows 7 64bit and 750GB ha
rd drive. Also have a Seagate 2TB external d
rive. When I try
to launch Adobe I get a message that Adobe ca
nnot launch because the scratch disk is full. Program will not launch.
Photoshop 7 uses Windows system calls that don't carry enough bits to handle gigabyte drive sizes, because its design simply pre-dated the availability of such huge hard drives.
I have never heard of Photoshop 7.1, Bart. Do you mean 7.0.1? I don't see any mention of different handling of scratch disks in the 7.0.1 update.
FYI the list of all updates available can be found here:
I do hope the 7.0.1 update solves it, but I'm unable to find any reference to 7.0.1 doing good things for this issue.
Another approach might be to repartition a drive to create a relatively small partition to use as the Photoshop scratch disk, or simply choose another one on the system if one exists... I don't quite recall the size drive Photoshop 7 could access... Less than 1 TB maybe?
Or maybe it's just time to buy Photoshop CS5.
I'm having the same problem, and the update hasn't solved it. I haven't even been able to open Photoshop 7.0 for the 1st time to set a scratch disk. I really need help or I'm going to lose my mind.
Point your scratch disk at a partition smaller than 1 TB. You'll find the setting in the Edit - Preferences - Performance dialog.
In a pinch uncheck all drives, though you will likely have memory problems with an image of any significant size if you do this.
If all else fails, buy a version of Photoshop that understands modern disk hardware.
I *think* I recall you can access the Scratch disk settings at startup time by pressing and holding the Ctrl and Alt keys simultaneously IMMEDIATELY after starting Photoshop from its icon or menu shortcut. You have to be fast, and many people find they have to try several times. You might be able to get away with holding them down before starting it.
What I don't remember is whether this feature was available all the way back to Photoshop 7.
I'll dance at your next wedding. Hitting Ctrl + Alt immediately at launching of PS 7.0.1 let me set scratch disc preferences and the program launched. I think part of the problem with my system is that I only have one internal hard drive ( C ) at 750GB and my other drives are removable USB drives which are not always connected to the computer. I think I know how to contend with that problem though. Thanks bunches for the suggestion, it may have saved a marriage.
Thanks, Mike J. at Jackey Photography
Try hitting Ctrl + Alt immediately when trying to launch Adobe Photoshop 7.0. This has to be done very rapidly but should let the program launch then you can access your preference menu and set your scratch disk preferences. It worked for me.
The previous solutions didn't fix the problem on PS 7.0, but hitting Ctrl + Alt immediately at launching let the program launch and then I could access the preference menu and take care of the scratch disk issue.
I'm having this same problem. However when I hit CNTL+ALT and the screen comes up. I switch disks to the C drive (I have 1.29 TB available) and click okay. It doesnt make the change. It still says scratch disks are full and closes the program. I then do it again and pull of the same CNTL + ALT screen and its like I never made a change. I'm so frustrated. I got my computer upgraded so everything will run better but this doesn't even run period. :/
It sounds like the same problem that I encountered. The problem seems to be that Adobe 7.0 doesn't recognize the larger drive capacities. I am having to go from memory here, but I think I set my scratch disc to a smaller external 500mb drive. Shortly after this I installed Adobe CS5 extended so I have not encountered these problems again.