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    I'm a bit worried my hard drive is dying at the moment, and I was hoping to get some other views on the matter before I tear my P.C apart.

    A few days ago, I decided to partition my C drive in order to install ubuntu on to the new partition. I shrunk the volume, made a new one, and all was fine. When I went to restart the P.C, Windows wouldn't start, not matter what I did (boot priorities, system clean up, system restore, etc.)

    I installed Ubuntu, found my Windows 7 installation CD, then reinstalled Windows 7 (Ultimate). At the custom installation screen, I deleted and formatted previous partitions - I am now left with my C Drive (100gb), D drive (10gb), F Drive (360gb), and the Systems partition.

    Everything went well. However, when I went to download a game from Steam, the game randomly stops downloading - the 'Disk Write Error' status pops up. At the same time, my browser stops working (I use Google Chrome) and shows an "oops!" screen. After a few moments, I can use it again.

    I can re-initiate the download in Steam, but it just repeats after a few moments of downloading...

    Initially, the Steam folder was located on the C Drive. I thought it was an issue with disk space. I removed and reinstalled steam, deleted all game content, and saved the new content to my F Drive - the issue still repeats.

    Be honest. Does this sound like my hard drive is dying? Has anyone had this issue before?
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    Well the first thing you can do is run the Error Check on your HDD. If that comes out clean you can navigate to the folder where steam is installed, most probably C drive, within program files. In there you're gonna find steamapps and then common. You'll find a file by the name of the game you're downloading. Make sure it's the one which is 0 KB in size. Delete that and you should be all good :yy:
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    (Original post by Hamoody)
    Well the first thing you can do is run the Error Check on your HDD. If that comes out clean you can navigate to the folder where steam is installed, most probably C drive, within program files. In there you're gonna find steamapps and then common. You'll find a file by the name of the game you're downloading. Make sure it's the one which is 0 KB in size. Delete that and you should be all good :yy:
    I did an error check on all partitions on the drive - they're all fine with no errors. I defragmented them just to be sure it wasn't an issue, and scanned again - again, no issues. I downloaded CrystalDiskInfo in order to get a S.M.A.R.T assessment of my drive - the health is 'Good' with no issues.

    My steam is currently installed in my F drive. There is no dota in the steam apps commons folder, because it is doing this mid download - dota only move to commons once it has finished downloading, as I understand.

    What else could it be?
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    In order to determine if it is an issue with my HD, I installed Steam on to my external HD, and am now downloading dota on to it.

    If there is, again, a disk write error, then it's probably not to do with the hard drives....
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    Just did a hard drive/system check using the cmd prompt - my HD is listed as healthy...
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    OKAY.

    The download to my external hard drive just showed 'Disk Write Error'.

    I am now at a loss. What do I do? It's not an issue with my hard drive (I think).... what else can it be?
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    (Original post by Meteora636)
    Try a download manager. Big files are easily corrupted when they are downloaded as one chunk
    Oh wait... is this game downloaded *through* Steam? I'm not familiar with Steam...
    Steam should be sufficient as a download manager - I've never had an issue pre-formatting.

    I'm beginning to think it's an issue with my network - my p.c might be dropping off every now and again.

    I'm going to install Steam onto my F Drive, and download Dota again. I'll monitor via the pinging in CMD to see if the signal drops.
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    NEW DEVELOPMENT

    - I'm monitoring the ping in the Command Prompt while using the p.c.

    Between the many 'Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=17ms TIL=57' lines, I can the occasional

    "Request Time Out"



    What can this mean!!
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    A network boo boo. This probably isn't the cause of your disk write error. Internet protocols are designed to be resilient to a certain amount of lost packets. If they weren't it just wouldn't work.
 
 
 
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