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Hey all,

I am at a friend's place helping him to build his new PC, and we are at the point where we need to install Win7. I am trying to install it from an 8GB Flash Drive that I know functions as I have installed from it twice before this week, but for some reason I can't get it to work with this new Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB drive. Whether I set it to IDE or AHCI mode, attempting ton install results in "Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code 0x80070057"

Also, attempting to load drivers from the the mobo cd while in AHCI mode also yields an error.

Anyone seen this sort of thing before? Did we get a DOA HDD?
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can you pull the HD out and partition it in another computer?
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post #3 of 6
Check to see if you put your BIOS in raid mode.
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Taking out the hard drive and partitioning it in another computer is not an option right now.

The BIOS is also not in raid mode.
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Trying following these instructions:

Boot from your Windows 7 installation media. (If you have a UEFI option to boot, do not select it, select the non-UEFI option for your boot media.)
After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
At the command prompt, type Diskpart, press Enter.
Type List Disk, press Enter.
Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter.
Type Clean, press Enter.
Type Exit, press Enter.
Close the Command Prompt window.
Click the "Next" button.
Click the "Install now" button.
Accept the terms and click the "Next" button.
Choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)."
Select the partition and click "Drive options (advanced)"
Click "New" and then click the "Apply" button. Two partitions should appear. Click the bottom partition.
Click the "OK" button and then click the "Next" button.
From then on follow the on screen instructions till you get to the desktop.
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It looks like the culprit was a bum SATA III controller, thanks for the input all.
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