Journeyman Protector Aug 6 @ 9:52pm
An error occurred while updating The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (disk write error)
I've JUST got Skyrim earlier today. Ran fine, even had my GeForce app optimize it. So, I went on to get a few mods. Most of them from the Workshop, some from Nexus. Worked perfectly fine (If it matters, on Nexus, I use manual dowload and WinRAR). The mods ran and everything, no problems. Then I save, close Skyrim, and decide to go out for a bit. I notice there are updates for my OS (Windows 7 32 bit) waiting to begin next time my system restarts. I decide to restart, to download and then apply these updates. When I come back, Windows is done with the updates, and I launch Skyrim. The first time it has a hiccup, just freezes, so I close it and launch it again. This time, I begin to load a save game, and it freezes on the loading screen.

Now it goes downhill. Upon launching it for a third time, I receive the error "An error occurred while updating The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (disk write error)". I'm playing it off Steam, not a disk. I've tried everything, verifying the game cache, uninstalling Skyrim, checking the Steam Log for the hiccup and then attempting to repair it, nothing. When reinstalling Skyrim, the update pauses and when attempting to play the game through Steam, the same error pops up. I'm currently in the process of removing all traces of Skyrim and trying again. I also scanned for any hard drive damage/issues, and nothing.

If anyone has experienced this and knows a fix, or can help at all, it would be much appreciated. I've played Skyrim for years on console, and this is a really sour start to the PC version.
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grimus Aug 6 @ 9:57pm 
Maybe? The blue text within the linked steam help page will offer further help or information when clicked on:
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=9709-FKCB-4230
Journeyman Protector Aug 6 @ 9:59pm 
Originally posted by grimus:
Maybe? The blue text within the linked steam help page will offer further help or information when clicked on:
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=9709-FKCB-4230

Where do you think I got the idea to check my hard drive and verify the game's cache? If the link to the help page had worked for me, I wouldn't be posting.
nutmeg Aug 6 @ 10:16pm 
no need to be a ♥♥♥♥ lol
Journeyman Protector Aug 6 @ 10:20pm 
Originally posted by nutmeg:
no need to be a ♥♥♥♥ lol

Frustrating, is all. But I wouldn't go composing a post like this if I hadn't of already done the obvious; like click the link on the actual error.
grimus Aug 6 @ 10:25pm 
If I'd known the error was linked, I wouldn't have posted. Just saying.....
Journeyman Protector Aug 6 @ 10:54pm 
Originally posted by grimus:
If I'd known the error was linked, I wouldn't have posted. Just saying.....

No problem. This is just starting to irritate me, really can't seem to work through it. Worst part is it was all just working! On my new rig, even! Killing me here.
Panda Aug 6 @ 11:33pm 
Disk write error doesn't mean it's looking for a CD. It's saying Skyrim can't write to your hard disk. Donno why it would need to update though since you surely got the latest version of the game. Just looking at the error message, it seems there's a permission issue that started after you updated Windows. Maybe you could double check the Skyrim folder to make sure it, and all of the nested folders. aren't on read-only?

I don't have any Steam workshop mods but I believe they autoupdate? Maybe it's an issue about a mod that was just updated? Also, if you're running mods from Nexus, I personally wouldn't verify the game cache via Steam as Nexus mods often replace the vanilla game files so if you have Nexus mods in there, verifying the cache will make Steam download the vanilla files back in and very likely break your mod and lead to CTDs.

Let us know if reinstalling works. Make sure you unsubscribe to Steamworks mods and deactivate Nexus mods before running the game again after reinstalling.
Roscaria Aug 7 @ 12:45am 
Have you tried TES5Edit from Nexus?
Journeyman Protector Aug 7 @ 1:35am 
Originally posted by Panda:
Disk write error doesn't mean it's looking for a CD. It's saying Skyrim can't write to your hard disk. Donno why it would need to update though since you surely got the latest version of the game. Just looking at the error message, it seems there's a permission issue that started after you updated Windows. Maybe you could double check the Skyrim folder to make sure it, and all of the nested folders. aren't on read-only?

I don't have any Steam workshop mods but I believe they autoupdate? Maybe it's an issue about a mod that was just updated? Also, if you're running mods from Nexus, I personally wouldn't verify the game cache via Steam as Nexus mods often replace the vanilla game files so if you have Nexus mods in there, verifying the cache will make Steam download the vanilla files back in and very likely break your mod and lead to CTDs.

Let us know if reinstalling works. Make sure you unsubscribe to Steamworks mods and deactivate Nexus mods before running the game again after reinstalling.

Reinstalling Steam worked. Apparently, saving with a certain Nexu mod in game caused some sort of corruption when that mod was deleted but that save still loaded. So it was all because a mod was in game when saved, but not when loaded. All working great now.
MrLlamaLlama Nov 21 @ 7:36am 
Anyone still having problems with this can try the following:

Make sure your ENTIRE steamapps directory is NOT set to 'read only' ; you can make sure subfolders and files are covered in the options dialogue that pops up.

- Move your 'skyrim' folder out of your steamapps directory.
- Shut down steam, boot it back up and 'delete local content' for skyrim.
- Let it do it's thing, then shut steam back down.
- Replace the skyrim folder back in steamapps, start steam and ask it to install skyrim. It'll probably download a few megs here and there but the bulk of your game should still be present.

This should wake steam up and make it think it's done a fresh install. What caused this (as far as error logs can tell me) is that steam was caught in a weird loop where it needed to update but kept telling itself all the files were present.

Hopes this helps somebody somewhere. Enjoy.
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