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Windows 7: Windows 7 will not format drive

03 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Windows 7 will not format drive

Hey guys.

I installed Windows 7 Pro x64 on a new build last week.

It ran okay for a while, but started to freeze up. Anything that was in the RAM would load fine, but nothing new would load from the HDD.

I decided to install Windows 7 x32 on the machine to see if anything changed. It seemed to run normally, so I thought that maybe something went awry in the first installation.

I tried installing x64 again, but this time, when I went to format the drive, I got the following error:

"Windows cannot format your drive (0x80070057)"

I've tried this several times, deleted all partitions on the drive, and tried again. I get the same error each time. I'm beginning to think maybe the drive is faulty.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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03 Jan 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello KSchrief, welcome to Seven Forums!

Here's an excellent oprion to do a wipe (secure erase) to the Hard Disk Drive for a start.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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03 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

When I give the command "Clean all" It blinks for a while then says the following:

"DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O Device error.
See the system event log for more information"

Does this mean my drive is somehow fried? I'll try re-connecting the SATA wire and try again, maybe that will help.
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03 Jan 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

This smells like dynamic or any other srewed-up partitions on the disk. I would try 2 options:

1. Format the disk with Command Prompt on your installation disk. The commands are:

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary

2. Use the bootable CD of this program to create an active, primary partition.

PS: Just saw your last post. A hardware problem is a possibility but I think it is unlikely (since the 32bit system worked).
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03 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64


I'm farther than I am last time. It's at "Expanding Windows Files" On the 7 install at a rate at least 15-20 times faster than all previous attempts.

Thank you SO MUCH!! You've made my day! This is my first build and I'm still learning, so you really helped me out there. Thanks guys!
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03 Jan 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Glad we could and post back to keep us informed.
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03 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64

Okay. I've installed windows, but when it went to restart, it won't load from the HDD. I booted from the CD again, and the CD says everything's fine on the HDD, but when I go to load from it, I get a disk read error.
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03 Jan 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP


Run HD maker's diagnostics/repair full CD scan: HD Diagnostic
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Followed by Disk Check - if necessary run from F8 Advanced Boot Tools "Repair My Computer" or Safe Mode Command Line, Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD command line. Repair CD - System Repair Disk

Next boot into Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to see if it can find the problem and repair it.
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03 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64

Installed again, and booted from HDD fine.

Stand by for when the next thing goes wrong. lol. :P But if nothing goes wrong, I thank you guys SOOOO MUUUUCCCCHHHHH!!!!
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04 Jan 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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