What would happen if you tried to download more than you had room left on your hard drive?

This isn't a windows question, but a general OS question. Is there some kind of memory management on behalf of the OS that keeps track of how much memory is left on the HD and dissallows the user from using up all HD resources? If so, what would it do? what is the protocol?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    In Linux and in Mac systems, all lo them warn you when the disk is at 10% remaining!!

    Why, you ask? because there are tons of temporary files to be used, in the OS, that are stored in temp folders on the drive.

    The programmers who wrote the MAC OS9 and earlier, the Linux, BSD (MAC), UNIX clone OSes, all provided for management of all of the resources. It is their job. There are testers and peer review to assure they work right.

    The week that Microsoft was about to do disk management in their products, they laid off those folks, and that is why Windows thrashes hard drives, and crashes them, regularly... How could Bill have possibly known?

    They had to go and get Drive sub-routines done by the Mouse Programming gang, who understand 600 Dpi, but, not much more. Oh, yea, BTW, left hand spinning hard drives with the heads mounted right of the spindle are also an after thought in their control dogma/theology.

    Source(s): I run http://pcllinuxos.com and Macs. I have been a comuter tech, for the government, on mainframes, PCs, and Macs, since 1965. Thanks for letting me fondle the data on your drive. It was good.
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  • 1 decade ago

    it will come up with an error message and tell you that there is not sufficient memory left to download that file or program and then direct you into your add and remove programs files to delete things you no longer need or want to free up space. Or you can go there yourself by right clicking on start and then clicking on add and remove programs. Whether you are a computer genius or not this will give you a list of all of your files and allow you to download things you no longer feel you need. I recommend doing that before downloading this program or file to eliviate problems. See if that works. Also it will give you a spot in there to delete your temporary files and stuff that the computer KNOWS you no longer use. Good luck.

    Source(s): Computer tech graduate of 4 years
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  • 1 decade ago

    The download program should have an exception catcher that will produce an error message and abort the download. Windows doesn't have a special error for downloading.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    to answer only the first one, the download would not complete without sufficient room.

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