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Author Topic: Disk Write Error - Browser Crashes/Steam stops downloading  (Read 1203 times)
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« on: January 28, 2018, 11:47:00 AM »

I'm a bit worried my hard drive is dying at the moment, and I was hoping to get some other views on the matter before I tear my P.C apart.

A few days ago, I decided to partition my C drive in order to install ubuntu on to the new partition. I shrunk the volume, made a new one, and all was fine. When I went to restart the P.C, Windows wouldn't start, not matter what I did (boot priorities, system clean up, system restore, etc.)

I installed Ubuntu, found my Windows 7 installation CD, then reinstalled Windows 7 (Ultimate). At the custom installation screen, I deleted and formatted previous partitions - I am now left with my C Drive (100gb), D drive (10gb), F Drive (360gb), and the Systems partition.

Everything went well. However, when I went to download a game from Steam, the game randomly stops downloading - the 'Disk Write Error' status pops up. At the same time, my browser stops working (I use Google Chrome) and shows an "oops!" screen. After a few moments, I can use it again.

I can re-initiate the download in Steam, but it just repeats after a few moments of downloading...

Initially, the Steam folder was located on the C Drive. I thought it was an issue with disk space. I removed and reinstalled steam, deleted all game content, and saved the new content to my F Drive - the issue still repeats.

Be honest. Does this sound like my hard drive is dying? Has anyone had this issue before?

thank you
« Last Edit: February 12, 2018, 11:09:19 AM by pom88 » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2018, 10:04:26 PM »

It could just be that something went wrong during the partitioning/reformatting. To check the health of the HDD, find a program to read the SMART data, that will show counts of errors due to hardware issues.

P.S. Given that this isn't DSL related, it would have been better posted in the "Water Cooler" section.
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