How to Fix Steam Disk Write or Read Error on Windows 10?

The steam platform is software which is dedicated to the video games that users can download, install, update and also play a variety of games by easily communicate with your fellow gamers by using the voice chat. Though it is one of the best and leading game platforms around the world, still, it does not avoid errors, and the most common error is disk write/read.

The Error Steam Disk Write/ Read is a quite common error and usually occur when users are trying to download any new game or update the already installed game. Many users are reporting uninstalling Steam and re-downloading all games again which can be an irritating task. When this error occurs it shows a pop-up message on your screen which says:

  • “An error occurred while updating [game name] (disk read error). See the Steam support site for more information.”
  • “An error occurred while installing [game name] (disk write error). See the Steam support site for more information.”

However, Steam is always compatible with the Linux, OS X, and iOS, but this error most frequently occurs in the Windows system.

Cause of Steam Disk Write/Read Error

There are various causes of this error Steam Disk Write/Read. Usually, the causes of this error depend on your system you are running, and what games you are installed and more. Nevertheless, these below-given problems are the most common issues of error Steam Disk Write/Read:

  • Due to corrupt drivers.
  • Your storage device is running out of space.
  • Due to an internet connection timeout.
  • As of virus infections.
  • The device is write-protected.

Steps to Fix Steam Disk Write/Read Error

Before you proceed with the instructions, we suggest you run a full system scan, as the malware infections can cause multiple error messages. Here how to fix it:

Method-1: Restart Network Hardware or Computer

Here we will start from very basics, by starting with basics can help easily in fixing any error.

  • Reboot your computer system and then check it if it helps you.
  • Next, ensure that your computer is connected to the internet connection. If it is, then you should have to restart your hardware which is easily connecting you to the internet.

Note: While doing this, do not use restart or reset buttons on your device, as it might start factory reset process. Instead of this, use the router or modem, wait for few seconds and again plug it back on it.

After following the above-mentioned steps, once check that error is fixed, if not. Then, try the next method.

Method-2: Run Steam as Administrator

The other simple and best fix is to run Steam as Administrator. Here how to do it:

  1. Navigate to the “Location Steam” is installed.
  2. Now, search “steam.exe” file and right-click on it.
  3. After that, choose “Properties” option.
  4. Then, in the “Compatibility” tab, tick mark the “Run this program as an administrator” option.
  5. Lastly, restart the Steam.Finally, check if the problem is fixed or not.

Joe Martin is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Joe has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s