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steam client, or failing hard drive?

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Hi!

I ran into an odd concern the other day.

Went to install borderlands 2 off the DVD the other day, registered through steam, and it said "disk write error." Hah! My first thought was that it had to do with the dvd! I'm embarrassed to admit. So, I removed the DVD, and started to download the whole thing off steam to take the dvd out of the picture. "disk write error."
I then realize that it means the hard drive disk...

Now, I have a 128gb ssd with my OS, and it used to have my games but it ran out of space. Because they were cheap, I also bought 2 1tb hard disks of the more conventional sort and installed those in my desktop, too.
Finally, appreciating my not-uncommon situation, steam now allows you to install on these additional drives. It will ask you where you want it installed, and you install it on D:/ instead of C:/... Although some files, and steam itself, must be on C with the operating system. borderlands 2 still took 6gb on the ssd, despite putting many of the game files onto my other internal.
So the disk it was referring to was the D:/ drive.

Since I own 2 internal drives, I retried, on E:/, and it worked! I then reinstalled some other old games, and every one of them failed on D, and worked on E.

Uh-oh.

Is D:/ going bad? I hardly use it! Whatever. I want to know if it's dying so I can rescue my data.

So I do a disk check. 7gb of continuous RAM usage (is that normal for disk error checking to use so much memory?) for 5 hrs, later, it finds zero errors. none at all. It says it's 0% fragmented too (makes sense-- I never rewrite anything on it, it's there for bottomless auxiliary storage), and defragmenting is not recommended by the automated windows tool.



Some searches for "steam disk write error" tell me it's always steam, others say to suspect the disk.
But if the disk is going bad, why would it show zero errors?
But if it were steam, why would it stop working on D but be able to start a new folder on E?

I have had no issues with any games or data accessed off the suspect D drive, yet, fwiw.


let me know if I need to reinstall steam, and it's probably software;
or if I need to immediately transfer everything on D over to E *right now,* and shop for a new hd if I still need the space.



thanks!
-Bernard
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Originally Posted by berninicaco3 View Post

Although some files, and steam itself, must be on C with the operating system. borderlands 2 still took 6gb on the ssd, despite putting many of the game files onto my other internal.
So the disk it was referring to was the D:/ drive.

That right there... tells me that you probably have something set up incorrectly. Because it would never put any other data on the SSD if you asked for it to install the game to the drive D.

Can you post a screen shot of what this looks like for you? At the same time, I'd suggest removing the library and re-trying to add it for that same drive.

What mine looks like:

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16GB G. Skill Ripjaws Z 9-11-12-28 OCZ Vertex 3 120GB Caviar Blue 1.0TB WD10EZEX DeskStar 1.5TB HDD 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Caviar Blue 1.0TB WD10EZEX Raystorm Chrome XSPC CPU Block Swiftech Komodo 7970 Water Blocks Windows 8 64bit Ultimate 
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