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Windows 7: Multiple errors when formatting, partitioning, installing Windows

01 Feb 2014   #11


Okay, so I used my Vista boot cd and was actually able to create a partition, but couldn't go any further. Then I used my Windows 7 boot cd and was able to load all the drivers for Dell from a usb. I tried the Repair function but still got the "no I/o device" error. So I went to diskpart and started from scratch, it showed me both volumes, I chose the new one that I want to install windows on and typed in "clean all". And of course - ERROR!

I really don't know what to do from here. I have about 10 disks I've created with ISO's, boot disks, WD diagnostics, partition managers. Thank goodness I've only spent about $80. But I really can't afford to spend any more, and definitely can't afford to take it to a shop that'll charge me just to look at it. Isn't there ANY way to fix this? I'm sorry I don't speak the language you guys are speaking, but I can figure it out with a little help.

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01 Feb 2014   #12


Start at the top of the thread and complete everything suggested which has been ignored.

Once those are done and HD is finally determined to be good 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. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 as yours is in question.

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

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

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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01 Feb 2014   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It seems to be reading your BIOS SMART data on the HD"s condition, which can be erroneous with false positives. So determine with certainty your HD's condition by booting to do an Extended Scan with the maker's HD Diagnostics.

We are waiting your reply.
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01 Feb 2014   #14


I've done everything that was suggested, and even replied with all the error codes I received. I found out what my HD is and downloaded the diagnostics, ran them, and came up with errors - AGAIN. I'm not ignoring anything - I've tried everything you've suggested to no avail. I've gone thru the diskpart process 20 times and get the same stinkin errors. Because this is not my area of expertise I don't KNOW what is irrelevant, which is why I typed in the entire screen that came up after running the Western Digital Diagnostic software - both the Quick Test AND the Extended Test. Same exact response both times. I'm sorry if I'm not understanding everything you're saying, but I really am trying to figure this out. I will go back and start at step one in your post above and let you know what happens in each step.
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01 Feb 2014   #15



Booted to BIOS setup
There is no master “reset to default” option so I went into each item and checked that every option chosen was the default option. My BIOS version is A13, so all the EFI and UEFI info you gave is irrelevant.

Downloaded a new Windows 7 ISO using the program you suggested to put it on a bootable CD; rebooted computer.

It actually gave me the option of installing windows or repairing. I chose the repair option so I could get to the system recovery option.

Typed in Diskpart
List Disk – only one option, which is the one I need
Selected disk 0
Typed “clean”
Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk
Typed “create partition primary”
Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition
Typed “format fs=ntfs label=”Windows 7”
0 percent complete

It's been on 0% for several minutes. How long can I expect this to take?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2014   #16


It may be struggling with bad sectors.

I missed the results on the HD extended scan. Where are they?
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01 Feb 2014   #17


The extended scan gave the exact same response to the quick scan, and in about the same time.

It's now been at 1% for about 45 minutes. But I am NOT interrupting it!
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01 Feb 2014   #18

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I would replace the HDD drive.
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01 Feb 2014   #19


All I see is that when you finally ran Data Lifeguard bootable CD you started writing Zeroes when nothing was mentioned about that at all. The only reason we know that you are running the CD scan is because it wouldn't write zeroes on the installed version.

The rest is SMART reading of the HD, which is not the same as Extended Scan by a HD Diagnostics CD. Which Diagnostics are you running? Data Lifeguard would be doing a lot more unless it cannot complete.
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01 Feb 2014   #20


I didn't DO an extended test first, I started with the zero write. I went back and did a quick test AND an extended test. I got the EXACT SAME error code. Some of what you tell me doesn't make sense to me The one thing thus far that has worked - to a point- was to download a different Windows 7, and I used the program you recommended. I had kept trying to use the one I'd already downloaded - never thought it was bad.

The windows formatting has been stuck at 1% now for about 3 1/2 hours. Is it stuck, or should I wait it out?
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