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Windows 7: Unable to format partitions and to install Windows

20 May 2017   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Unable to format partitions and to install Windows

So these past couple of days I've been facing a really problematic issue with my hard drives.

So I used to have a Windows distribution (10) and two Linux distributions installed Ubuntu and Kali just for messing around and checking stuff. It all started when I formated the Windows partition in order to reinstall Windows. When I did that, GRUB (the bootloader) got messed up as well and I could not do anything. When trying to install the Windows I would receive 0x80070057 .

Upon researching the issue I found out that all you had to do was to delete the partition, create it again and format it. Tried that. I kept getting Windows could not format a partition on disk 0 and the same error code.

Next up I tried GParted. I deleted the MBR and GPT records and deleted all the partitions. I eventually managed to format the partitions to NTFS by formatting them to fat32 first and then to NTFS in GParted.

Everything looked good and well, untill I clicked install on the Windows Setup. I eventually received error 0x8007045D . I thought maybe the USB was corrupt, reinstalled the windows kit there, still the same thing.

My HDD is quite new and passed the health check in GParted, this is very unlikely to be harddrive failure.

Next up I tried formatting it in diskpart. If I'd try to format to NTFS, it would just get stuck at 0 percent, even left it overnight to make sure.

I looked up the attributes of the disk / volume in G Part and read only isn't activated anywhere.

I'm basically desperate and out of ideas at this point, I would really appreciate some help.

Thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 May 2017   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

Fist of all we need to know your hardware. Please edit your profile with ALL hardware specs.

Is your disk a Legacy MBR or UEFI GPT?

Windows installation can create and format the partitions.
Go to Install - Advanced - and delete the partition that had windows and then create new. Select this partition to install windows and proceed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2017   #3

Windows 7 Pro

Sound like a UEFI-compatibility problem. You might be needing some drivers installed within the windows image using dism. But unless you offer any information about your computer, as Megahertz07 already requested, I'm not sure anyone can be of any help.
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29 May 2017   #4

win 8 32 bit

Try doing a clean You may have paritions and boot sector with linux left a clean will wipe drive Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Help Forums
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