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Ta'veren82 Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Had to reinstall ESO. Had over 160GB free
Ok, I have tried twice and it is doing the same. For somereason ESO did not update correctly so after a few hours of online research, I decided to uninstall and reinstall the whole thing. At the beginning of installation it required about 65 GB. I only have one other game installed on this PC and there was 165GB free before reinstall attempts.

Right before it is finished updating the message says my computer has does not have enough diskspace. How is this possible?
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Mad Magoo Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:38pm 
Get & run CCleaner.
Ta'veren82 Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:39pm 
The only logical conclusion is that this game really takes up more than 165 GB of space on your computer. That is insane. I had to delete previous versions of windows installations that freed up about 25 GB of space... I hope that works.
Mad Magoo Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:54pm 
Get CCleaner - it's free and will clean out all the useless crap left behind from 'uninstalled' programmes.
Donoghu Jun 7, 2017 @ 2:42am 
To put it bluntly, the game can require as much as 2x or more the installation requirement during the installation & patching.

This is how patching work :
1) You download the base game. > 65GB used.
2) You launch the base game and it requires you to patch it.
3) You start the patching. It has to download... let's say 35GB of content. (all fixes and additionnal content) > 65GB + 35GB = 100GB used.
4) When the patching is finished, the patcher app has to extract and install the downloaded data. This decompress a load out of the downloaded 35GB. It might become another 65GB once uncompressed > 65GB + 35GB + 65GB = 165GB
5) Once the the patch is uncompressed, the patcher removes the compressed patch data. > 65GB + 65GB = 130GB taken. (The 35GB was removed)
6) The Patcher applies the 65GB into the base game's 65GB. Some files are overwritten (replaced for newer version) > Maybe 85GB taken

Remember that the base game you download on Steam doesn't include ANY DLC content nor the new Morrowind expansion as you download the "base game". That content is only added through the ESO patcher. (I know... it's bad design and a pain... but well, that's how they set it up.) This and the part 4) explained above explains why you might have not enough space on the hard-drive to UPDATE the game to its latest version. This is also why you could have it installed before as it didn't had to download all the DLC and patch data at once.
Frenzy Jun 7, 2017 @ 3:00am 
Does anyone have it on a normal HD instead of an SSD? I'm interested in the performance since there is no way I buy an additional harddrive to get this working.
Claus Jun 7, 2017 @ 4:09am 
Originally posted by Ta'veren82:
Ok, I have tried twice and it is doing the same. For somereason ESO did not update correctly so after a few hours of online research, I decided to uninstall and reinstall the whole thing. At the beginning of installation it required about 65 GB. I only have one other game installed on this PC and there was 165GB free before reinstall attempts.

Right before it is finished updating the message says my computer has does not have enough diskspace. How is this possible?

Mine does the same thing, after reinstalling and clearing out all folders, it first download the entire game and then ask you for the full diskspace anyway on install so you need 140gb which most don't have available, i've tried renaming the folder and that doesn't work.

What you can do if you have fiber optics like me it only takes 10 minutes to download, is just delete the eso and app folder inside the main directory while keeping the launcher open, go back and forward to where it ask you for disk space and it will now say you have enough to install, but keep in mind you have to download the entire game through the launcher instead. It is a very annoying process having steam downloading the entire game first for nothing.

The first time i've downloaded through steam it didn't ask for the double disk space, it simply patched and then installed without ever using more than the required amount of space.
Last edited by Claus; Jun 7, 2017 @ 4:38am
TakeshiKovacs Jun 7, 2017 @ 4:22am 
Originally posted by Totenwache:
Does anyone have it on a normal HD instead of an SSD? I'm interested in the performance since there is no way I buy an additional harddrive to get this working.
I got it installed on a normal HD and it seems to work fine. Never tried it on my SSD as that is already near full capacity as it is...
Frenzy Jun 7, 2017 @ 5:17am 
Originally posted by TakeshiKovacs:
Originally posted by Totenwache:
Does anyone have it on a normal HD instead of an SSD? I'm interested in the performance since there is no way I buy an additional harddrive to get this working.
I got it installed on a normal HD and it seems to work fine. Never tried it on my SSD as that is already near full capacity as it is...

Thank you for the reply. I got several SSDs but actually none I want to solely dedicate to one game. Hope it works out for me too without constant load-stutter.
Trigger Jun 7, 2017 @ 8:55am 
ESO recommands 85GB of free space for game installion, it says so on store page.
Ta'veren82 Jun 7, 2017 @ 10:23am 
I uninstalled every game, app, and deleted old installed windows versions.... had almost 200 GB of space............and it STILL is not enough to install the damned game
Ta'veren82 Jun 7, 2017 @ 10:36am 
Originally posted by Galaxitus / Donoghu:
To put it bluntly, the game can require as much as 2x or more the installation requirement during the installation & patching.

This is how patching work :
1) You download the base game. > 65GB used.
2) You launch the base game and it requires you to patch it.
3) You start the patching. It has to download... let's say 35GB of content. (all fixes and additionnal content) > 65GB + 35GB = 100GB used.
4) When the patching is finished, the patcher app has to extract and install the downloaded data. This decompress a load out of the downloaded 35GB. It might become another 65GB once uncompressed > 65GB + 35GB + 65GB = 165GB
5) Once the the patch is uncompressed, the patcher removes the compressed patch data. > 65GB + 65GB = 130GB taken. (The 35GB was removed)
6) The Patcher applies the 65GB into the base game's 65GB. Some files are overwritten (replaced for newer version) > Maybe 85GB taken

Remember that the base game you download on Steam doesn't include ANY DLC content nor the new Morrowind expansion as you download the "base game". That content is only added through the ESO patcher. (I know... it's bad design and a pain... but well, that's how they set it up.) This and the part 4) explained above explains why you might have not enough space on the hard-drive to UPDATE the game to its latest version. This is also why you could have it installed before as it didn't had to download all the DLC and patch data at once.

Restarting my computer has seemed to free up some of that rediculously extra GB space that I need. When I reopened the launcher as administrator, it began to verify... and now it is applying patch......It says I have 30 GB of space left on my hard drive. So if what you are saying above is true, then if this works and succussfully updates me to the current version, after it is done I can restart my computer, and then ESO should only be taking up about 85 GB?

I should be able to reinstall my Total War Warhammer game again then.
Ta'veren82 Jun 7, 2017 @ 11:01am 
DANGIT! It didnt work. Apparently after restart, the 30 GB left is still not enough to verify and patch to current version. I have two mobile hard drives. Is there a way for me to plug them in, and have them act as part of my PC hard drive storage?
Ta'veren82 Jun 7, 2017 @ 12:20pm 
Ok so I have been researching about Partitioning, but I am having trouble getting my storage space on drive C: to expand into the partitioned unallocated space created on my Seagate mobile hard drive. Can anyone explain to me how to better do this?
Mad Magoo Jun 7, 2017 @ 12:39pm 
Originally posted by Ta'veren82:
Ok so I have been researching about Partitioning, but I am having trouble getting my storage space on drive C: to expand into the partitioned unallocated space created on my Seagate mobile hard drive. Can anyone explain to me how to better do this?
Upgrade the size of your HD <shrug>. Better still, get a desktop, and put all Steam games on the none-system drive, preferably one in the 2 to 8 TB range. Sometime you will have to bite the bullet and get bigger storage.
Last edited by Mad Magoo; Jun 7, 2017 @ 12:40pm
Ta'veren82 Jun 7, 2017 @ 12:41pm 
So wait, are you saying I can just install ESO on my mobile hard drive and run the game from that? How would I do that?
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