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Windows 7: Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. Error code: 0x80070057

17 Jul 2010   #11

none currently

The drive has failed the Seatools test, "Short DST FAILED" and then a long list of numbers. Does this mean this drive is a goner? Also apparently SMART has been TRIPPED.

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17 Jul 2010   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64

SeaTools and SMART reporting errors is probably a bad drive, but try a different SATA cable just in case. It's a bit cheaper than a new drive!
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05 Nov 2011   #13
Afnaan Ahsan

windows 7 ultimate x64

i am facing the same problem...i have tried all the above steps excepl cleaning the whole hard frive coz i have many important files in there any possible way that i can recover these important files before formatting???
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11 Nov 2011   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hello Afnaan,

You can try this method of copying out your files: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
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31 Aug 2012   #15

windows 7 32 bit
error code 0x80070057

thanks a works your instructions....
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18 Apr 2014   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Error code: 0x80070057 Solved!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sleepykidX View Post
Hey everybody, I am trying to do a clean install of windows 7 onto my laptop, and I keep getting the error, "windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code: 0x80070057" . I have reformatted the hard drive and tried clicking next from there. This is the 64-bit version of windows 7, any help would be grateful.
okay just had this problem today and spent 3 hours trying to fix it.. did a fresh install and i had this error popping up.. i divided my 500gb into 2 partitions Part 1 100GB for windows 7.. Part 2 400gb for my back up files.. when i selected Partition 1 (100GB) it gives me the Error code: 0x80070057 and i cant format it.. but if i select the second partition (400GB) there is no error at all and it continues to install win 7 so i was confused.. but i experimented a bit and luckily i found how to fix the problem.. i do not know if it will fix yours but this is what i did..

In Windows 7 Setup

1. I deleted all partitions.. so i have a 500gb unallocated disk..
2. I created a 100GB partition for my drive C (where my windows 7 will be installed) and normally it will also create another 100mb for the system files..
3. I deleted the 100GB partition because i know it will give me the error code..
4. Created a partition again but this time its only 10GB.. so thats the partition 1 or the Disk 1.. The Disk 0 is for the System Files..
5. I created a Second Partition (Disk 3) 100GB.. and this is where my Windows 7 will be Installed..
6. I created a third Partition (Disk 4) which are the remaining Disk space 370GB and thats for my Local Disk D for my back ups..

Try Reformatting the 10GB it will give you the Error code: 0x80070057.. But Try Reformatting the second partition 100GB and it should not give you any errors..

so basically in my case any partition that is marked as the Disk 1 it will give me the error code..
the 10GB will be useless though but its a small amount of disk space to sacrifice for you to be able to make it work..

Hope This helps..
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18 Apr 2014   #17
Microsoft MVP


Always unplug all but the HD you want to install Win7 upon. Then the issue you describe shouldn't be a problem. If so work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Best to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can see if it is configured correctly. A persistent problem with two HD's is that the boot files are derailed onto a preceding primary partition than intended, on another HD if all others are not unplugged.
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