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Windows 7: Trying to re-install windows but keep getting 0x8000857 errors

25 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 
Trying to re-install windows but keep getting 0x8000857 errors

Hi

I am no PC expert but have been goggling solutions to fixing my poorly all in 1 desktop computer. When it first stooped booting tried startup repair but got stuck continually looping. So then ran testdisk. This sees 3 partitions. The first is 100MB (c ntfs, second is 272.9 GB(D ntfs and 3rd is 15.9GB(lenovo_system) (E also ntfs. If I try to change to D: gives cyclic redundancy error, CHKDSK will not run as drive is considered RAW. I copied all files I wanted off D: usung puppy linux which was able to mount each partition and see all files. I have also made backup copies of all data on c: and E: I then used windows 7 system desk to do custom install and deleted partitions 1 and 2, then selected new as this was only option available - it created 2 partitions (100M) and (272.9 GB) but when I selected partition 2 and tried to continue installing it stopped due to error 8000857 error. I tried quick formatting and proper format from diskpart but both of these fail on partition 2 due to invalid parameter. From testdisk I have looked at the boot sectors and the MFT are bad for partition 1 - boot sectors orig and backup are identical, partition 2 current boot and backup are not identical and there is no access to orig - (if i try ot list files says there is a bad filesystem) if I rebuild bootsector then it allows me to see the original filesystem image I had before I tried to reinstall windows 7 but if I try to overwrite the current boot sector it fails. Finally I tried some of the active partition softwar eto check the boot sectors - that indicates that partition 2 is bad but I did not want to purchase the software which claims it will fix it.
When I tried to format the partition from active partition it also failed. Does this point to a faulty hard disk so whatever I do windows will fail to install or can I try diskpart clean to fix bad boot sectors. Also the other thing I wanted to ask is if during clean (as the 3rd partition will be deleted if I then recreate that partition and copy the file back with the partition table for that volume/partition be automatically updated by the copy software - i.e. once a partition is recreated say in diskpart how does it build its file table. (Just worried that the lenovo system data cannot be restored ?)

Didn't want to hand computer over to a PC repair company if they will effectively be reinstalling windows 7 as felt I could/should be able to manage it. If it's likely the disk then we can presumably get a replacement and clean install windows onto it ?

Hope you can help feel i've tried pretty much everything from internet research.


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25 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johappyday View Post
Hi

I am no PC expert but have been goggling solutions to fixing my poorly all in 1 desktop computer. When it first stooped booting tried startup repair but got stuck continually looping. So then ran testdisk. This sees 3 partitions. The first is 100MB (c ntfs, second is 272.9 GB(D ntfs and 3rd is 15.9GB(lenovo_system) (E also ntfs. If I try to change to D: gives cyclic redundancy error, CHKDSK will not run as drive is considered RAW. I copied all files I wanted off D: usung puppy linux which was able to mount each partition and see all files. I have also made backup copies of all data on c: and E: I then used windows 7 system desk to do custom install and deleted partitions 1 and 2, then selected new as this was only option available - it created 2 partitions (100M) and (272.9 GB) but when I selected partition 2 and tried to continue installing it stopped due to error 8000857 error. I tried quick formatting and proper format from diskpart but both of these fail on partition 2 due to invalid parameter. From testdisk I have looked at the boot sectors and the MFT are bad for partition 1 - boot sectors orig and backup are identical, partition 2 current boot and backup are not identical and there is no access to orig - (if i try ot list files says there is a bad filesystem) if I rebuild bootsector then it allows me to see the original filesystem image I had before I tried to reinstall windows 7 but if I try to overwrite the current boot sector it fails. Finally I tried some of the active partition softwar eto check the boot sectors - that indicates that partition 2 is bad but I did not want to purchase the software which claims it will fix it.
When I tried to format the partition from active partition it also failed. Does this point to a faulty hard disk so whatever I do windows will fail to install or can I try diskpart clean to fix bad boot sectors. Also the other thing I wanted to ask is if during clean (as the 3rd partition will be deleted if I then recreate that partition and copy the file back with the partition table for that volume/partition be automatically updated by the copy software - i.e. once a partition is recreated say in diskpart how does it build its file table. (Just worried that the lenovo system data cannot be restored ?)

Didn't want to hand computer over to a PC repair company if they will effectively be reinstalling windows 7 as felt I could/should be able to manage it. If it's likely the disk then we can presumably get a replacement and clean install windows onto it ?

Hope you can help feel i've tried pretty much everything from internet research.
Hello johappyday

Every time I encounter an issue I always like to start from the beginning , If I were you I would do a fresh install of Windows. When your re installing Windows make sure you choose the primary partition , which most like would be the C drive. Select the C drive and click next . This will create a Windows.old folder which will back up your personal files.
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25 Sep 2013   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Would be worth Checking the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
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25 Sep 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. (If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.) Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failures.
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30 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

Hi Guy's Thank you soooo much for helping. I just needed that extra bit of confidence. I managed to check the integrity of the disk with WD data lifeguard software and it proved to be fine. I then did a diskpart clean and created the primary partition. Windows took a couple of attempts but is now safely installed and fingers crossed seems to be working for now. I'ts such a relief and I feel that if we have probs in the future at least I have a bit of confidence of what to try.
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30 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johappyday View Post
Hi Guy's Thank you soooo much for helping. I just needed that extra bit of confidence. I managed to check the integrity of the disk with WD data lifeguard software and it proved to be fine. I then did a diskpart clean and created the primary partition. Windows took a couple of attempts but is now safely installed and fingers crossed seems to be working for now. I'ts such a relief and I feel that if we have probs in the future at least I have a bit of confidence of what to try.
This is the same exactly problem I encountered recently , If an error occurs give this method a go. Even though my problem is a hardrive issue , let me know if there is an error during installation , if it shows a warning sign saying "windows cannot be installed to partition 0 disk 2 that means you have the same exact problem I have meaning you need a new hardrive.

Error 0x80070057 when you format a hard disk drive to install Windows 7
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30 Sep 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Sometimes the disk only needs wiping and/or pre-partitioning for the purpose of marking it Active to overcome the error.

Jo be sure to stick with the tools and methods in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
to set up and maintain a perfect install.

But you can also install CrystalDiskInfo - Software to monitor your HDD condition so that you know the error isn't in part due to failing HD as can sometimes be the case. This app will monitor the SMART condition of the HDD which can reveal any weakness.
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