[FXG]Malikus Feb 11, 2013 @ 6:17pm
Skyrim wont install NEED HELP!
Ok i just bought dragonborn and it wouldnt install, after a long and uneventful evening of trying to fix it i had given up and started to uninstall and the reinstall skyrim which about 3/4 through the download would not install either and has the same disk write error problem any suggestions what to do?
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Zero Hour 17 Feb 11, 2013 @ 6:22pm 
sounds to me like your hard drive is having problems. It may be damaged or corrupted.
[FXG]Malikus Feb 11, 2013 @ 7:00pm 
hmmm my friend says that my hard drive is working fine and its most likely a problem with steam, so idk
TheSloth- Feb 11, 2013 @ 7:38pm 
first thing i would say is your computer able to run it?
[FXG]Malikus Feb 11, 2013 @ 9:46pm 
to run skyrim? yes it was working fine before i got dragonborn
Buck213 Feb 12, 2013 @ 12:03am 
Maybe one of the questions below will help you find an answer to your problem.

Have you tried running steam as an administrator?
- right click steam shortcut
- choose run as administrator

Are you accidentally trying write to a disk that is full?
- oops

Do you get any corresponding errors in the event viewer?
- windows key + r
- type eventvwr
- press enter

Have you checked the disk for errors?
- open computer
- right click the drive in question
- choose properties
- click tools tab
- in error-checking click check now
- check both boxes
- click start
you will probably have to restart for it to complete
[FXG]Malikus Feb 12, 2013 @ 3:51pm 
the only thing i havent done is run as administrator although i am already the administrator does it make a difference?
Buck213 Feb 12, 2013 @ 4:24pm 
I do not know for sure as I have not experienced this problem with skyrim/steam, but it is always worth a try.

When you uninstalled skyrim did you delete your skyrim folder manually after deleting local content through steam? As it could be left over files causing the issue due to file permissions.
Default location XP:
c:\program files\steam\steamapps\common\
Default location Vista/7/8:
c:\program files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\
[FXG]Malikus Feb 12, 2013 @ 5:45pm 
hmmm ill try that
[FXG]Malikus Feb 12, 2013 @ 8:30pm 
damn didnt work, anymore suggestions?
Buck213 Feb 12, 2013 @ 10:12pm 
Have you tried disabling all unnecessary background applications?
- type:
msconfig
- choose selective startup
- uncheck load startup items
- click ok
- restart your computer
- try d/l skyrim
- windows key + r
- type:
msconfig
- choose normal startup
- click ok
- restart your computer

It is really starting to look as if Zero Hour 17 is correct and there may be something wrong with your hard drive.
[FXG]Malikus Feb 12, 2013 @ 10:22pm 
i might try that tommorow then thanks for all the the help by the way
Thomus Feb 13, 2013 @ 2:11am 
I am having the same problem as the OP except that it is with the recent update. I am on Windows 8 Pro 64-bit running on an SSD but I launch Steam on an external 1tb western digital usb 3.0 drive. After the update finishes downloading- I get an error about unable to read or write to drive. When I delete the update.xxx files to start the download over again, the same thing happens when it attempts to install.
Buck213 Feb 13, 2013 @ 12:26pm 
If you are still having this problem I would recommend having some one with computer repair knowledge look at it, but make sure to backup your data as you are more than likely experiencing the early stages hard drive failure.

Originally posted by Nerevarine:
i might try that tommorow then thanks for all the the help by the way

Your welcome.

Originally posted by Thomus:
I am having the same problem as the OP except that it is with the recent update. I am on Windows 8 Pro 64-bit running on an SSD but I launch Steam on an external 1tb western digital usb 3.0 drive. After the update finishes downloading- I get an error about unable to read or write to drive. When I delete the update.xxx files to start the download over again, the same thing happens when it attempts to install.

You could check the disk for errors and hope it can fix them look at post #5. If that does not help you can run through some of the other things mentioned, but it is probably due to a faulty hard drive if chkdsk can not fix the problem.
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