A great many users encounter the “uTorrent error the system cannot find the path” issue while downloading a file. What causes the uTorrent system cannot find the path error? How to fix it? Now, let’s explore the answers together with MiniTool.

uTorrent is a proprietary adware BitTorrent client and it is very popular among users. It can help users download and share large files like movies, games, videos, and so on within a few clicks. However, this client may run into some issues like uTorrent disk overloaded, uTorrent not downloading, and the one discussed here.

According to user reports, the “uTorrent error the system cannot find the path” message often occurs while downloading a file or sharing files with peers. The error can be caused by different reasons, including overlength file path, dots, and spaces, incorrectly downloaded torrent files, read-only destination folder, drive letter changes, and even uTorrent versions.

Torrent starts downloading for a few sec. then I get this error "Error: The system cannot find the path specified. (WriteToDisk)". I use Windows 10, uTorrent 3.3. Tried running as administrator, changing download directories, changing folder security properties. Nothing helped. Can anybody suggest a solution?https://forum.utorrent.com/topic/83634-error-the-system-can-not-find-the-path-specified-writetodisk/

uTorrent the system cannot find the path specified

Fix 1. Restart uTorrent

The most straightforward fix is to restart your uTorrent client. To do so, you can close the uTorrent process in Task Manager completely and relaunch it.

Step 1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys at the same time to open the Task Manager window.

Step 2. In the Processes tab, right-click the uTorrent process and select End task. After that, you can relaunch the client and re-downloading the torrent file to see if the “uTorrent error system cannot find path” message still appears.

end uTorrent in Task Manager

Fix 2. Check the File Path

One of the most common reasons behind the uTorrent the system cannot find the path specified error is the overlength file path. Windows has a limitation of 256 characters for the file path. So, make sure that the file name and the download location of your torrent file don’t exceed 256 characters. Here you can download the torrent file to a root directory on your hard drive or use a shorter name for the file.

Note: The file path includes both the name of the torrent file and the location of the download folder.

Fix 3. Check for Dot Characters and Spaces

Some users reported that the program puts a dot or a space at the end or beginning of a folder of a torrent file every time they add a torrent. To fix the system cannot find the file specified uTorrent error, check if there are any dots or spaces before or after the folder or file name. Then remove them and see if the error gets fixed

Note: The space characters can be added to the end of the destination folder as well. So, make sure that you check the file path for any unexpected dots and space characters.

Fix 4. Check the Destination Folder

If the destination folder you store the torrent file in is set to read-only, you may encounter the “uTorrent error the system cannot find the path” issue when making some changes. So, we recommend you check the destination folder’s properties.

Step 1. Press Ctrl + E keys to open the File Explorer window, and then navigate to the destination folder, right-click it, and select Properties.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, navigate to the Attributes section and untick the checkbox for Read-only.

Step 3. Click on Apply and OK to save the change.

untick the checkbox for Read only

It has been proven that deleting all files associated with that torrent can fix the uTorrent the system cannot find the path specified error. This is because the error can be caused by incorrectly downloaded torrent files.

Here you should delete these files: the torrent file itself, the torrent file registry from uTorrent, and the partly-downloaded file. Open your uTorrent client, and then right-click the affected torrent file and select Remove And > Delete .torrent + Data. After you delete all these files, you can start the download again and check if the “uTorrent system cannot find path” error is fixed.

delete torrent file

Fix 6. Set the Download Path Manually

Some users reported that they fixed the “uTorrent cannot find the path specified write to disk” error by setting the download path for each individual torrent file manually. Let’s have a try.

Step 1. Open the uTorrent client again.

Step 2. Right-click the affected torrent file and select Advanced > Set Download Location.

Step 3. Select the folder into which you want to download the torrent file and click on OK. Then repeat this process for all other affected torrents.

Alternatively, you can set a new download location for all torrents by following the steps below:

Step 1. In the main interface of uTorrent, select Options > Preferences from the upper left corner.

select Preferences in uTorrent

Step 2. In the pop-up window, go to the Directories tab from the left panel, tick the checkbox for Put new downloads in. Then click on the Three-dot icon to select your desired directory.

set a new directory for all torrent files

Step 3. Click on Apply and OK to save the changes.

Fix 7. Check for the Derive Letter Changes

Sometimes the drive letter could change in the destination path. If the drive letter is changed to a nonexistent drive letter, you won’t be able to save the torrent to that location. To avoid the uTorrent error system cannot find the path, make sure the destination path is located in an existent drive letter.

Fix 8. Revert to the Earlier uTorrent Version

If none of the above methods fix the uTorrent system cannot find the path error, you can try reverting to the earlier version of uTorrent. For example, if you are using uTorrent 3.5.5, you can go to Google and search for uTorrent 3.5.1 or 3.5.3, and install the version. Then you can download the torrent again and see if the error gets fixed.

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