ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Jon Snow Feb 26, 2020 @ 10:45am
Downloading on the Wrong Drive . . .
Hello gusy so i have my SSD with the OS, and i have another HDD where i put all my games.
Ark included.
Now i tried to download the 20Go update, but at some point, my free space on SSD get full of cwap, and download get stuck.
I checked the downloading parameter in the Steam config, but my HDD is on default, and still, it keeps downloading on the SSD .........
♥♥♥♥ it that sux really, who is the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ who made this happen ?
Any fix please ?
Last edited by Jon Snow; Feb 26, 2020 @ 10:58am
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Mefistodead Feb 26, 2020 @ 11:11am 
The same problem. I try to delete all ark files and begin new dowload.
Jon Snow Feb 26, 2020 @ 11:12am 
That is seriously ♥♥♥♥♥ up !!
Arthur Dayne Feb 26, 2020 @ 11:31am 
i actually just had the same problem, patch stopped due to no more storage space, i checked and it filled up my HDD... the game is on SSD with over 200GB free... had to uninstall things from my HDD where ARK isn't even installed to continue download...
Fraktal Feb 28, 2020 @ 12:52pm 
i had this so many times, it is annoying. you need 250-300 GB free space on the not targeted system drive to make it with a full game download, this can be complicated to achieve with almost any large system SSD with something on it and large hibernation/page file and with a large secondary game library drive, the game downloads the swap to the steam install folder, no matter where the default game library folder is, the system drive get full during the download. When this download fails, all the downloaded files will get stuck in the steam download folder and need to be cleared manually if not completed. Forcing to remove things unexpectedly from the drive most of that will still not be enough because the install is forced to be swapped in the steam install folder without any sign of doing that prior to download.

When you try to install Ark or the DLCs, in parts or full....the installation silently require the system drive to install it, no matter the free size of the target drive..

The main sacrifice that we are able to do is disabling the DLCs that are to be installed, and then download them one at a time... because the system drive get full when the game dont ask us to download all maps as a swapped download = 100-240+ GB or more depending on maps. This should work with 100GB of free system storage space as long as not all maps are being downloaded at once. But you still need that 100+300 GB on two storages to correctly install all DLCs, or nearly 1 TB to one-click/over night install it all on one single drive...

Another more radical workaround would be to install steam to the target drive, to force it to use it as the only swap download location and then move the files to the library folder.

There should be a easier these are only options that force it in the right place or install it in smaller pieces.. Someone should search for it as those settings must be in the steam configuration files and would be easy to set for someone that understands those well..
3ICE Mar 1, 2020 @ 6:06am 
Hi, It's usually called Gb, not Go. Gigabyte is far more common than Gigaoctet or whatever Go means. But I digress...

A fresh install will solve your problem, update fails because steam insists on stupid rollback feature. (In case you lose internet you can play offline pre-update version.) A complete redownload of ARK will not use your main drive, not even temporarily. Updates will.

Installing for the first time; your issue (above described problem) didn't happen for me. I just grabbed ARK an hour ago.
It installed 99.6GB of it in my second steam folder D:\Games, while my C:\ drive was full (2GB free) thus unusable. No problem. Install went fine.
Yes I also use the default C:\ProgramFiles\Steam\steamapps location but only for other, smaller games.
The side-install in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Steamworks Shared\ is only 300 MB. Annoying, but whatever.

Originally posted by Mefistodead:
delete all ark files and begin new dowload.
this works.
Last edited by 3ICE; Mar 1, 2020 @ 6:17am
3ICE Mar 1, 2020 @ 6:08am 
p.s.: You can also symlink C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading\ to D:\Games\steamapps\downloading\ to fix this steam stupidity.

Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista all support symbolic links—also known as symlinks—that point to a file or folder on your system. You can create them using the Command Prompt or a third-party tool called Link Shell Extension. Symbolic links are basically advanced shortcuts.

Create a symbolic link to an individual file or folder, and that link will appear to be the same as the file or folder to Windows—even though it’s just a link pointing at the file or folder.For example, let’s say you have a program that needs its files at C:\Program. You’d really like to store this directory at D:\Stuff, but the program requires that its files be at C:\Program. You could move the original directory from C:…
Last edited by 3ICE; Mar 1, 2020 @ 6:10am
Jon Snow Mar 1, 2020 @ 10:40am 
Delete Ark, reinstall it again on the drive, it takes less space if installd fully back than with an update that fills up too much the space blablabla s$1t code ......
Kira Apr 15, 2020 @ 5:01am 
@3ICE what command do you put on CMD. mklink /J C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading\ D:\Games\steamapps\downloading\ or /D C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading\ D:\Games\steamapps\downloading\. Or vice versa. I'm trying out the symlink thing but I'm not that good with cmd. :(
zerassar Apr 15, 2020 @ 8:30am 
Originally posted by Pride:
@3ICE what command do you put on CMD. mklink /J C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading\ D:\Games\steamapps\downloading\ or /D C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading\ D:\Games\steamapps\downloading\. Or vice versa. I'm trying out the symlink thing but I'm not that good with cmd. :(
Plenty of guides on using Windows folder junctions online. Play around with some test folders before doing the actual steam folders.
3ICE Apr 16, 2020 @ 3:21pm 
Copying my answer here, from
Originally posted by 3ICE post_id=5582 time=1587075437 user_id=2:
Good work!

/D is the right choice, because we want the whole folder (/Directory) symlinked.

Sidenote: /J is only interesting if you are using multiple, networked computers. Not recommended.

The order of directories is: Link Target, meaning first you put steam, second you put D:\Games
Because we want to target steam to install games on the other drive. So Target = D:\...

Edit: The full command therefore is:
mklink /D C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading\ D:\Games\steamapps\downloading\

Last edited by 3ICE; Apr 16, 2020 @ 3:22pm
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