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#1 papercut2008uk

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 22:48

i've had games installed for 2-3 years that are none steam, they all work fine, no damaged files, no missing files.

 

then there's steam, i have around 160 games, some i haven't played in a while, but are installed and some that i play all the time.

 

i have a HDD that is just for games to run off of.

 

every time i verify cache of games (i'm having to do this more often) there are always files that have failed to verify and steam then downloads them, this happens for about 1 in every 4 games i verify.

 

so what is it? is it just steam loosing files? is there something wrong with my computer??




#2 Eric

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 23:09

Are you switching between multiple operating systems that use the same directory for the Steam library? That can cause it. Otherwise, it might be necessary to post an event log of some sort.



#3 OP papercut2008uk

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 23:23

nope, i'm on vista Ultimate 64bit, i only have the 1 os installed.

 

i hardly ever uninstall any of the games, just install, updates are active, everything on my system is upto date (all motherboard drives, Graphics card drives and windows) 

 

there is no hardware issues (checked SMART status) no errers on disk (Chkdsk), no viruses/malware that i know of (scan often).



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:14

I'm only saying this because it's become a pet peev lately and it's completely off topic, but holy **** the word is "losing".



#5 pupdawg21

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:38

No, games are periodically updated and steam also periodically change their protection mechanisms and how files are stored and organized on your system in between client versions. This causes new files need to be downloaded for games already on disk or just to be re-organized or compressed a different way. If you watch the 'download' as it is occurring you will notice that often no or few files are actually being downloaded instead, the steam client is doing something with the files that are already on your system to match whatever changes they have made int he client rendering the old files in-operable.



#6 max22

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:46

I had to do this with my Left 4 Dead 2 which took forever. Now there a error so I have to delete it soon and redownload it.

 

Don't worry I love redownloading stuff it is fun!



#7 OP papercut2008uk

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:56

I had to do this with my Left 4 Dead 2 which took forever. Now there a error so I have to delete it soon and redownload it.

 

Don't worry I love redownloading stuff it is fun!

 

try downloading 500Gb+ worth of games, not so fun when it takes about 2-3 weeks to fully download everything.

 

it might have a little to do with the steam client updates, but not sure. 



#8 max22

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:57

try downloading 500Gb+ worth of games, not so fun when it takes about 2-3 weeks to fully download everything.

 

it might have a little to do with the steam client updates, but not sure. 

 

I redownloaded 2 to 3 TB before.



#9 MillionVoltss

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:50

Maybe its your SATA drivers, ( I know you said its up to date ) Might this be a Vista fault ?



#10 illage3

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:25

Every time I run steam the client apparently needs and update all the time. Lol

#11 Daedroth

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:20

Steam launches at startup for me, and every time it looks for updates and verifies the cache.



#12 Kane

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:04

Have you checked your ram? I had a problem like this years ago with Steam. My ram was dieing.



#13 articuno1au

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:10

I'd say hit up the event viewer and see if you can spot NTFS or DISC errors in the logs.

 

I'd say there would be stuff to be seen in there.



#14 AStaley

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:34

It's nothing to worry about, the missing files are most likely local config files that don't exist.

 

https://support.stea...=2037-QEUH-3335



#15 Setnom

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:07

If when you check file cache and Steam needs to download only a few kilobytes, it's probably nothing of importance. For instance, Ubisoft games like AC III install a Uplay shortcut on the desktop when you run it for the first time.

 

I removed that shortcut and then when I verify the game's cache, it always downloads 1,2 kb, which I assume it's some sort of "shortcut fix". The game always runs fine.