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Hello OverClock,
I am very new here and I have no idea weather I am posting in the correct section... oh well. I have posted this issue on steam, I was able to get a reply from a member here who told me that I should turn to your expert advice and assistance.

From being away for 7 weeks, I have come back to my computer to install and update my games to play with friends. But only after I have come back is my computer giving me a 'Disk Write Error' whilst downloading. The hard drive I was using was for games only, I have an SSD to run Windows and any other priority programs. Upon reinitiating the download it will give the same error after a few seconds.

I looked all over the web, trying different ideas, from giving my user full control to the hard drive, to optimising and defraging it. Although I found one strategy that has worked for numerous people, which is going into your steamapps/common folder and deleting the 1kb file for the game that you wish to download/update/play, I could not try this method as I am unable to find these 1kb files.

I asked among my friends and none could provide a solution. After reading what steam has posted in the forums about this error, I decided it was my hard drive so I bought a new one. upon running this new hard drive, for games, I encounter numerous problems with Uplay, although I think I have overcome from some solutions. Now my problem lies with steam yet again, giving me this error after I have bought Subnautica and tried to download it, putting me back to square one after purchasing a new hard drive.

I am currently downloading another game to see if it is also affected by this problem. I will get back to you when i have an answer. UNFORTUNATELY IT DOES AFFECT OTHER GAMES

My specs are;
OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
CPU: AMD FX 8350 Eight Core 4GHz
Graphics: Asus GTX 660 Ti 2gb
RAM: 16Gb
Power Supply: Aerocool strike-X 800W
Storage: Intel 520 series 240Gb SSD
Western Digital WD Black 1TB
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard R2.0

Hopefully someone can possibly help me to resolve this problem so I can once again play happily on steam.

If any information is need about my computer to help with a solution, I will be more than happy to share them with you,

Yours truely,

SaiinT


Edited by SaiinT - 2/11/16 at 11:43pm
post #2 of 9
Try running Steam in administrator mode. Make sure all your chipset drivers are up to date.
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Hey Anoob,

I have tried this before, but I did try it just now and the result is the same. I get 5 seconds of download before it stops itself and gives me the error again.
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I'm thinking you may have to create a support ticket with Steam.

A few things come to mind.

Which directory are you installing the games, on your computer?

Have you tried installing the games on the HDD and/or the SSD?

How much FREE space is there on your HDD and the SSD?
Do you have enough space for the completed game?

Remember that steam places the download files on the host disk until completed, then moves it to the location you specified

Have you ran a Crystal disk test? crystalmark


Maybe others can chime in with better tests.
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Hello cloudbyday,

I'm installing it under my library on the new HDD, its brand new 1Tb, so plenty of room.

I don't like putting it on my SSD, but i have tried it and it was successful, That's why i thought my old hard drive had flunked out on me. So I bought the new one.

I have never had a problem with space, as my last hard drive was 2Tb and my SSD is half full.

No I haven't run this test but I will give it a go.
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I think I MAY have resolved my own issue here, by removing a the L-shaped cable ( I don't know the name haha but it's the one that sends the info to and from the disk) from one of my old computers and replacing the one I have in my comp now. I tried my download again and it finished from start to finish without the error. my old cable must be buggered, but I don't really want to say im out of the woods yet, ill give it some time and let you guys know.

Thanks for the help.
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Hello cloudbyday,

I'm installing it under my library on the new HDD, its brand new 1Tb, so plenty of room.

I don't like putting it on my SSD, but i have tried it and it was successful, That's why i thought my old hard drive had flunked out on me. So I bought the new one.

I have never had a problem with space, as my last hard drive was 2Tb and my SSD is half full.

No I haven't run this test but I will give it a go.

Hang on, you had another HDD that didn't work on you?

If you don't mind, please take a screenshot of the HDD properties.
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I think I MAY have resolved my own issue here, by removing a the L-shaped cable ( I don't know the name haha but it's the one that sends the info to and from the disk) from one of my old computers and replacing the one I have in my comp now. I tried my download again and it finished from start to finish without the error. my old cable must be buggered, but I don't really want to say im out of the woods yet, ill give it some time and let you guys know.

Thanks for the help.

Yep, that could have been it, let us know!
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Everything works absolutely fine now, even put my old hard drive in and was surprised to see games being updated.

Thanks for all the help, I will certainly be returning if I have another problem and be trying to get myself involved in this community.

Cheers,

SaiinT
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