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Windows 7: 0x80070057 error during HDD format

05 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
0x80070057 error during HDD format

I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium x64 onto a 250Gb Western Digital hard drive in my recently upgraded computer. When attempting to format the drive I get a 0x80070057 error saying that Windows can not format the drive.

Mobo: ASUS RoG Maximus IV Extreme-Z
CPU: Intel i5 2500
HDD: 250Gb WD Blue Caviar
RAM: 4 x 2Gb no brand
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 550Ti

No current installed OS.

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05 Jan 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Are you using the booted Windows 7 installer Custom install Drive Options? Clean Install Windows 7

Try wiping the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Note that this will destroy all data on the HD, but it should be backed up anyway.

If install still fails test HD using maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan.
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05 Jan 2012   #3


Does Event Viewer flesh out the error any further?
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06 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks for the help gregrocker!
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07 Jan 2012   #5

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As the new MOBO's has a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

Asus uEFT BIOS setup:
ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard EFI BIOS - YouTube
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