How to Fix Steam Disk Write Error on Windows

How to Fix Steam Disk Write Error on Windows

/ Shayne Sherman

Are you having problems installing or updating your favorite game on Steam and greeted with a disk write error message?

Steam is one of the best, if not the best game library services. It is used by 90 million gamers worldwide!

Steam has a variety of titles from basic arcade games up to and including the latest and greatest AAA titles. Despite being one of the best, Steam is not exempted from occasional errors and downtime. User report issues with Steam not opening, content file locked errors, and games not launching.

There have been reports from users who are having a hard time downloading or updating their games on Steam with a Disk Write error message. Now, the Disk Write error on Steam is often caused by improper system settings or lack of system privileges.

Today, we are going to show you a few tips and tricks that you can easily execute to try and fix the Steam Disk Write error on your Windows computer.

Let’s get stared.

Method 1: Check Your Download Region

If you are having problems downloading or updating your Steam games, the first thing that you can do is to check your download region. It is possible that your download region is set to a server which is far from your location which causes the error message.

To fix this, make sure that you set your download region to the nearest server based on your location.

Step 1. On your computer, click on the Steam button located at the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Step 2. After that, click on Settings.

Settings

Step 3. Next, click on the Downloads tab.

Step 4. Lastly, make sure that the Download Region is set to the nearest server based on your location.

Download Region

Once done, click on Ok to save the changes and go back to the game that you are trying to download or update to see if the disk write error message would still occur on Steam.

Method 2: Allow Steam Through Your Firewall

Downloading and updating games requires that Steam has full access to your internet. There is a possibility that your firewall may block or limit internet access to Steam for various reasons.

To fix this, make sure that Steam is allowed on your firewall to avoid issues in the future.

Step 1. On your computer, press on the Windows Key + S and search for Windows Firewall.

Step 2. After that, click on Open to launch the Firewall Settings.

Windows Defender Firewall

Step 3. Inside the Firewall, click on ‘Allow an App or Feature Through Windows Defender Firewall’.

Allow an App or Feature Through Windows Defender Firewall

Step 4. Lastly, find Steam from the list of programs and make sure that it is check marked (both Private & Public).

Steam is mark checked

Once done, restart your computer and open Steam once again. Try to download the game that you are having problems with to check if the disk write error is resolved.

On the other hand, if you are still having issues with downloading or updating on Steam, proceed to the next method below to try and fix the issue.

Method 3: Run Steam as an Administrator

If you already allow Steam through your firewall but still encounter issues when downloading games, then you can try running the application as an Administrator.

It is possible that Steam lacks the permissions to write files on your hard disk which causes the disk write error on your computer.

To run Steam as an Admin, check out the steps below to guide you through the process.

Step 1. On your Desktop, find Steam and right-click on it to open the selection menu.

Step 2. After that, click on Properties.

Steam Properties

Step 3. Next, click on the Compatibility tab inside Properties.

Step 4. Lastly, check the ‘Run this Program as an Administrator’ option, then click on Ok to save the changes.

Run this program as an administrator

Now, launch Steam once again and try to download the game that you want to see if the disk write error message on Steam would still occur on your computer.

Method 4: Check Steam Folder Permissions

If you are already set Steam to run as administrator, but you still encounter the error message on your computer, then you can try checking to see if the Steam folder is write protected. If it is set to Read-only write protection it will not allow Steam to download or update any games.

To do this, you can follow the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1. On your computer, press on Windows Key + S on your keyboard and search for File Explorer. Then, click on Open.

File Explorer

Step 2. Now, navigate to C:/Program Files (x86).

Step 3. Next, find and right click on the Steam folder and select Properties.

Step 4. Lastly, locate the Attributes section from the General tab and ensure that the Read-only option is not marked.

Read-only option is unchecked

Step 5. Click on OK to apply the changes.

Step 6. Restart the Steam client on your computer.

Now, try to download the game that you are having problems with to see if the disk write error message on Steam would still occur on your computer.  You could also try to verify the integrity of game files to see if the issue is cleared up.

However, if the disk error message still occurs on Steam after changing the Read-only option on the Steam folder, you can try doing the last method below to fix the issue on your computer.

Method 5: Run Steam Flush Config Command to Clear Download Cache

For the last method, you can try flushing your local Steam configurations. This should fix any issues you might have with your download cache or local files. If there are issues with your game files download cache, it could be causing the disk write error.

Now, to execute the flush config command on Steam, you can check out the steps below.

Step 1. On your computer, press on the Windows Key + R to open the Run Command Box.

Step 2. Next, type steam://flushconfig and hit Enter to run the command.

steam://flushconfig

Step 3. Lastly, when the prompt appears, click on OK to start the process.

After flushing your Steam’s local configuration, restart your computer and try to update or download games on your Steam library to see if the disk write error would still occur on your computer.

On the other hand, if you are still having issues with Steam after doing the methods above, we suggest that you reinstall the whole Steam client on your computer to ensure that you have a working copy of the program installed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I fix a Steam Disk Write Error when Downloading?

Method 4: Check Steam Folder Permissions
If you are already set Steam to run as administrator, but you still encounter the error message on your computer, then you can try checking to see if the Steam folder is write-protected. If it is set to Read-only write protection it will not allow Steam to download or update any games.