How to Fix Utorrent Error: System cannot find the path specified (write to disk)


Yesterday Icame across an strange error with utorrent. I tried downloading few torrent but immediately after starting the download, all of them showed one of the following error:

  • Error: System cannot find the path specified (write to disk)
  • Error: Access is Denied

The drive to which the downloads were being saved has more than 20GB of free storage space and yet the downloads were giving up on an error. This was confusing and frustrating. So a quick google search brought me across a few solutions and here’s the one that worked for me.

First of all the error is caused when an invalid download location is entered while downloading an torrent. So make sure that the file path is correct and does not contain any additional dots or symbols by mistake.

Now if you already have downloads added to utorrent and they are showing the Error: System cannot find the path specified (write to disk), then you can change their download location from the advanced settings and this should get the download started.

How to Fix Utorrent Error: System cannot find the path specified (write to disk)

Here’s how you can fix the Error: System cannot find the path specified (write to disk) on utorrent.

  • Step 1: Right click on the download and click on Advanced > Set Download Location.


  • Step 2: Select a new download location which should be on another drive then the current one.


  • Step 3: Now start the download again.

change-download-location-in-utorrrent file-started-downloading-utorrent

There you go, the download should start now.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is , the file’s path must be under 256 characters. Including the name. You must have access to the folder you’re trying to download it to. Sometimes when you format your computer and leave a partition untouched, you have to manually open the folder and give access to it. Or change the Security properties of the partition you’re trying to use.



  • thanks man this did it

  • Thank you Boss

  • freya

    Thanks 🙂

  • Black Gotham


  • ijust

    thank you

  • Will San

    Thanks man

  • MD

    perfect it worked.. can anyone comment why this occurs ?

    • Eritojai

      I want to know also, if this is caused because hdd have bad sector or such is sort give us warning that we should change new Hard Drive

  • Manav

    thanks it really worked!! 🙂 🙂

  • doesnt work god dammit. full of bullshit

  • Leon Lončar


  • moesmith

    Hi, it works. But when I try to download something else, i have to always right click, is there a way to fix the overall path?

    • Georgia

      Same here , i am having the exact same issue , did u find any solution ?

  • Manu K Sajan

    Hi, it worked!!!! great dude!

  • Arbi Neli

    Didn’t work, what should i do ?

  • Jimmy

    thanks it worked … !!! great work

  • Aizuki Midoriya

    Thanks it work im thankfull to you! 🙂

  • Odin

    Incredible! This worked perfectly. Thank you!

  • Nilton Salgado

    Starting Utorrent in administrator mode was what did it for me. Long file / directory names and paths might break it too.

  • The Gaming Potato

    Thank you so much and do i have to do this every time i download something?

  • ezgi

    thanks alot man! you ARE THE BEST 🙂

  • xandal

    thank you very much, you help me a lot!

  • Tracey Powers

    OMGosh Ive been seeing this error for years, never bothering to try and find out how to fix it just looking for a new torrent.

    its so easy to fix thank you so much

  • ZzXx

    My download works for a few seconds and then I get this error message again, I have to right click and select ‘start’ for every 3% I download, FUCKING ANNOYING!

    Also, this solution didn’t work, help!

    • ZzXx

      I managed to fix this by changing the download place to the desktop and reducing the name of the file to a shorter one.

  • jakira

    thanks for ur help ….. it worked ….. thanks

  • Stumm26

    Thanx mate!

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  • Muhammad Ahad Sajjad

    My download is completed 72% and now it is giving me this error.If i set new download location will it start from beginning or research from 72%…….Please reply fast and help me.

  • Brian Ellse

    Run the application as an Administrator

  • Preeti Appu


  • Sushanta Das

    Thanks!!! I renamed my torrent file to something smaller and!!!!!wallla it starts to work.

  • thecapefangirl

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I was about to throw my computer against the wall 🙂

  • radex

    thank its worked

  • Kanza Tariq

    not working

  • Prince Randorson

    Why should I have to save to another drive?