If you are a game player, you should be very familiar with Steam. Simply put, it is a digital game platform that offers multiplayer gaming, video streaming, and social networking services. Within Steam, users can get installation and automatic updating of games. However, many users report that they receive “Steam disk write error” during the installation or updating process. How does this occur, and how to remove this error? We will show you the details.
Generally speaking, Stem disk write error can happen when one of the following situations is true:
• The hard drive is write-protected.
• The hard drive is failing.
• The download files are corrupted.
• Steam hangs.
• There are too much download caches.
• Download regain is overloaded.
Like what we said in the former part, there can be something wrong with the hard drive. But how can you tell? Well, you just need to do the followings:
Step 1. Press Windows key + X to call out the Start panel. Then select Command Prompt (run as administrator).
Step 2. Then type the following commands one by one and press Enter key after each one:
• list disk
• select disk # (# is the number of the hard drive with which you're getting Steam disk write error)
• attributes disk clear readonly
Again try installing or updating your Steam game and see if Steam disk write error fixed.
But if the hard drive is proved to be failing, how to fix disk write error Steam? We have to tell you that every hard drive has a service life, and some of them even can fail during the life span. But no matter why it starts failing, you have to transfer data to a safe location and replace the failing one.
You can use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to help you copy this disk. This software is reliable, user-friendly and feature-rich. Besides, it offers the way to check whether a hard drive is full of bad sectors and the way to copy the whole drive.
After installing, launch it to the main interface and then find the hard drive that reports Steam disk write error. Click the disk icon and you can see all available features listed in the action panel. Here click “Surface Test” and follow the instructions to finish.
If you see all the blocks are in green, it indicates that this hard drive is still healthy. But if you see a lot of blocks are marked with red, you can go ahead and make a disk copy. Read How Do I Clone Hard Drive in Windows 7 32/64 Bit to know the details.
If the download region you choose is overloaded, it is possible that the game downloading and updating fails. To verify if this is the cause, you just follow the below path and change another region: Steam -> Settings -> Downloads -> Download Region.
If the above 3 solutions all failed, you may continue to try the following suggestions. All of them are put forward by Steam Official.
• Restart Steam and Computer
• Clear Download Cache
• Reinstall Steam
• Repair Library Folder
• Refresh Local Network Hardware
• Investigate Anti-Virus
You may read How to Fix Steam Disk Write Error on Multiple Games to get more information towards this topic.