Fix PS5 Error CE-100028-1 Not Enough Free Space [2024]

Written By Steven Arends

Is your PS5 showing a message-There is not enough free space on the SSD with error code CE-100028-1 when trying to install a new game or download the latest patch for it? Or is it stopping you from entering into your game?

Let me assure you that this issue can be fixed without jumping through any hoops.

I have fixed this error for many users. Hence, I can guide you through the most effective and quickest ones that will work for you.


So, why is PS5 showing error CE-100028-1?

The error message is pretty much self-explanatory. There is not enough space in your storage. Here are the potential reasons behind it: you may have lots of games or apps installed on your PS5, the system update files take up a lot of space, or cache files clog up your storage.

Stick with me as I walk you through the solutions step-by-step to get you out of the problem.

How to Fix PS5 CE-100028-1 Error

The new PS5 (both the standard and the digital version) comes with an SSD with 852 GB of storage. That’s not half bad, right?

Well, you can only use about 667 GB of it. The rest is for storing system files like the system software, update files, etc. 667 GB should be enough as you are just storing games.

If you play many AAA title games like Call of Duty, Horizon Zero Dawn, or Days Gone, storing 5-6 of them will lead to the low storage space problem.

However, let’s see the workarounds you can use to get that annoying CE-100028-1 error code out of your face.

Here are the methods to fix CE-100028-1:  

1. Check Your Storage Space

The error CE-100028-1 clearly describes why exactly you see the error. There is not enough free space on your SSD.

So, first, before trying any other workarounds, check manually how much storage you have left on your console. Because what you should do to free up space or get rid of the error will depend on this.

Check out our separate post on how to fix PS5 error code ce-108255-1.

Here are the steps to check the console’s storage space:

  • Go to system settings from the Home screen.
  • Select the Storage option and then Console Storage.console-storage
  • On the top, you will see how much storage you have left on your SSD.

Now, say you need 40GB of free space to install or update a new game. Check if you have that amount of space left on your SSD by following the steps mentioned above.

Now, move on to the following workarounds to see which one helps you.

Read more on how to fix PS5 error code wc-365475.

2. Clear Cache files of Your PS5

Cache files are temporary files any app creates that help it to run faster and more efficiently. Any app, let it be softwares, browsers, games, or even your OS/system software, creates cache files for faster operation.

Cache files are not essential; their only purpose is to improve user experience. So, what’s the downside of cache files? Depending on the number of apps or games you have installed on your system, they can take up a lot of space from Kilobyte to Gigabyte range.

So, yes, you should try clearing the cache files if you run out of storage.

This is not only true for your PS5 but also your Android, iOS, and desktop.

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Here are the steps to clear the PS5 cache:

  • Turn off your console completely.
  • Press and hold down the power button until you hear two distinct beeps.
  • You will be in the Safe Mode
  • Connect your DualSense controller to your console via USB and press the PS button to pair between them.
  • Select the 5th option Clear Cache and Rebuild Database.clear-cache-and-rebuild-database
  • Select Clear System Software Cache.
  • Restart your console.

Check the storage space by following the steps in the previous method.

If clearing the cache has freed up your desired amount of space, then install or update the game. If not, move on to the next step.

Also, follow our guide to fix PS5 not charging in rest mode.

3. Delete Games to Free up Space

If clearing cache didn’t free up enough space, you might have to delete one or several of your games.

I know you have kept only the games you like, and you don’t want to uninstall any of them. But I am sure you can find one or two that you don’t play anymore.

Here are the steps to delete a game from PS5:

  • Go to your console’s settings menu.
  • Select Storage and then Console Storage.
  • Go through the list of games and apps to find which one to delete.console-storage1
  • Select the game and then select Delete.
  • Delete until you have freed up the required amount of space.

Now, go back and try installing or updating the game you wanted to. It should be downloaded without any hiccup now.

Also, check out our separate post on why does the PS5 turn off randomly?

4. Expand Your Storage

If you don’t want to uninstall any of the games you have, you have no other option but to expand your storage.

There are three ways how you can expand your storage. Here are they:

  • There is a PCIe expansion bay present inside the PS5. You can install compatible PCIe Gen 4 M.2 NVMe SSD cards on it.

N.B. The PCIe expansion bay was always there inside the PS5. But Sony didn’t activate the feature at the launch. However, after 16th September 2021, they let this feature go live with a software update. So, if your console is bought before the date, make sure you have the latest firmware installed on your system.

  • You can use an external USB device.
  • You can use a portable HDD/SSD to expand your storage space.

There are several requirements you need to meet if you decide to buy an NVME for your PS5.

Or, if you want to know how to install NVME or use external USB drives, please check out this article.

5. Re-login to Your PSN Account

It is probably a software glitch if you have enough space left but still see the error message Not Enough Free Space.

Logging out of the PSN account and logging in again solved this error for many of the users. So, go ahead, give it a try.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Go to settings from your home screen.
  • Navigate to User and Accounts > Users.
  • Select the account you want to delete and delete it.
  • Go back and select Add User.
  • Log in with your credentials.

6. Factory Reset Your PS5

If, after trying all of the methods, you still see the error CE-100028-1, then you should try resetting your console.

Resetting will erase all the data on your console and reset itself to a clear state. So, make sure to backup all your data onto an external drive or the PS cloud.

Here is how to backup all your data on an external drive:

  • Go to the settings menu.
  • Navigate to System> System Software > Back Up and Restore > Back Up Your PS5
  • Select your external drive and back up the data.

Here are the steps to reset your PS5:

  • Turn off your PS5.
  • Hold down the power button until you hear two beep sounds to boot into Safe Mode.
  • Connect your controller to the console via USB.
  • Press the PS button on the controller to pair them.
  • Select the 7th option Reset PS5 (Reinstall System Software).
  • Follow on-screen instructions to reset your System.
  • Upon finishing, follow on-screen instructions to restore your data from the drive.


Hopefully, one of the methods worked for you, and you have downloaded and are enjoying the game you wanted to.

If you have any other questions regarding the issue or want a solution for any other problem, post it in the comment section, and I will get back to you with the answer.

About The Author
Steven Arends is a computer science graduate and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a vast collection of computer hardware and loves exploring the latest advancements. As a contributing author to 10Scopes, Steven shares his expertise to make the world of technology more accessible and easier to understand for all readers.

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