The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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NaM Jan 4, 2013 @ 9:24pm
HELP! Disk Read Error! PLEASE READ!
Well I recently got Skyirm from a friend of mine. I installed it and said Missing Executable. So I thought okay a bug, then I reinstalled. Now it says The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim could not finish due to Disk Read Error. I click the link to the steam forums, that has no thread on it. I search it and only 1 other person on this entire discussion page has it!
Last edited by NaM; Jan 5, 2013 @ 9:06am
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Suspector Jan 5, 2013 @ 3:19am 
i assume you got an original skyrim via steam.
1. verfiy your game content of skyrim -> missing or damaged files will be downloaden by steam automaticaly.
if probelm still occurs, you have either hard-disk fault or any other damaged system component (i.e. memory). Also a virus etc. may be on your system.
2. check your HD by entering "chkdsk X: /F /R /B" in a console (without the " and replace X by your drive letter (driver where skyrim is installed)) you may need to restart. The check can take
hours (depends on system speed and disk size) the command checks every sector on your disk, if there's a damaged one, it will be added to a black list and not used again. You should not interrupt the check. Sometimes you need to do checkings twice. afterwards, let steam check the skrim files again.
3. Install an anti-virus software (i.e. norton 360) and check your system.
4. Check your memory and temperatures.
Last edited by Suspector; Jan 5, 2013 @ 3:32am
from a friend ?? what about the key ? i think you are a pirate sir .
Suspector Jan 5, 2013 @ 3:36am 
Originally posted by G0L0 Ŧh€ $.Ŧ.4.Ḻ.Ҝ.Ḝ.Я:
from a friend ?? what about the key ? i think you are a pirate sir .
he made another thread already, telling he has steam download problems. So I assume he get skyrim via gift.
NaM Jan 5, 2013 @ 9:00am 
via trade, row version so its nothing with the friend I will try my best with those other instructions, thanks
NaM Jan 5, 2013 @ 9:13am 
should I uninstall before doing those steps? I tried to verify the game cache while the updated was pasued, %100 of course, and it said please exit any games or apps or something like that so I tried to do #2. Well I found that program chkdsk X: /F /R /B on my computer, but for some reason after I click it I see a quick frame of it then it disappears. #3 I already have AVG '12 and there is nothing. #4 the only thing with memory that might be it is that I downloaded all my steam items into folder C: and I heard that it can be a pain later on. So I guess my question is now how do I start chkdsk X: /F /R /B and should I uninstall Skyrim before Veryifying the Game Cache. Suspector thanks for trying to help :)
Unarmed Bandit Jan 5, 2013 @ 12:09pm 
Uninstalling would defeat the purpose of verification.

How to run a disk check:
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Last edited by Unarmed Bandit; Jan 5, 2013 @ 12:11pm
NaM Jan 5, 2013 @ 12:58pm 
Well it works now, thanks guys really. I can give you guys some DOTA 2 copies if you want
Unarmed Bandit Jan 5, 2013 @ 1:01pm 
For future reference, a disk (disc?) read error during installation via physical media usually refers to the thing you're installing from.
Last edited by Unarmed Bandit; Jan 5, 2013 @ 1:01pm
Suspector Jan 5, 2013 @ 6:23pm 
however, for your knowledge.
checkdisk with extended must be run from console:
Start->Run-> enter CMD and rpress return
Now, you have a console, here you have to enter the command above.
Double click on chkdsk.exe makes no sense, because chkdsk is a console command and you need to enter arguments and parameters.
PS: the full command above can also be entered in the Start->Run textbox, but console window will close automatcaly after chkdsk has done, where the first solution (by using cmd first) will let the window open (so you can read results and/or errors).
NaM Jan 5, 2013 @ 10:44pm 
Okay thanks. Also j6m I am nearly %100 sure it was disk not disc
Thaissa Jan 6, 2013 @ 12:06am 
The words disk and disc mean the same thing. One is American spelling, the other British. :)
Suspector Jan 6, 2013 @ 1:04am 
haha, festplatte und diskette löst das problem, :P ;)
Unarmed Bandit Jan 6, 2013 @ 9:00am 
Originally posted by Thaissa:
The words disk and disc mean the same thing.
The former is also used as an abbreviation for diskette. The latter describes something which is round, as in Compact Disc.

And if I'm reading this[] correctly the /f and /r switches in your example are superfluous...
Suspector Jan 6, 2013 @ 10:02am 
Originally posted by j6m:
And if I'm reading this[] correctly the /f and /r switches in your example are superfluous...

no, because this flags will force a complete surface scan.
/B will not work without /R flag
/F will do a full FS scan+repair, without chkdsk may check but not repair.
(see chkdsk documentation)
Last edited by Suspector; Jan 6, 2013 @ 10:03am
Unarmed Bandit Jan 6, 2013 @ 10:10am 
Originally posted by Suspector:
see chkdsk documentation
Here we go:
Checks a disk and displays a status report. CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/f] [/v] [/r] [/x] [/i] [/c] [/l[:size]] [/b] volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon), mount point, or volume name. filename FAT/FAT32 only: Specifies the files to check for fragmentation. /F Fixes errors on the disk. /V On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file on the disk. On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any. /R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F). /L:size NTFS only: Changes the log file size to the specified number of kilobytes. If size is not specified, displays current size. /X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid (implies /F). /I NTFS only: Performs a less vigorous check of index entries. /C NTFS only: Skips checking of cycles within the folder structure. /B NTFS only: Re-evaluates bad clusters on the volume (implies /R) The /I or /C switch reduces the amount of time required to run Chkdsk by skipping certain checks of the volume.
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