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Error code 0x80070057 with Windows 7 install on new computer. Motherboard, HDD???

Hello, last week built my computer when I hit the problem of error code 0x80070057 when trying to install Windows 7. I tried everything from new SATA cables to deleting the information on my hard drive.

I have now ordered a new motherboard as my current one was okay. My new motherboard gets here tomorrow and I was wondering what I would have to do if I hit the same problem. Right now, I'm thinking of returning the WD hard drive (if I encounter the same problem) as I couldn't even format it when I got the option. However, it could as well been the motherboard.

Thanks, and hopefully everything works tomorrow. (If not, then I will return the HDD)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 (came for free with CPU)
CPU: AMD FX 6300
HDD: Wester Digital Blue1TB

New Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
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  1. i7Baby said:


    Well if you read the second sentence I said that I tried deleting the information on my hard drive. Then, on the second paragraph I say that I could not format the hard drive when I got the option (while installing). So yes I did google it and found that exact page, and it did not work.
  2. So did the new motherboard fix it?

    It looks like a HDD problem. I'd put the hdd in another pc and format it then run checkdisk to see if its 100% OK. If OK, then I'd re-install Windows on it.

    If it can't be formatted then I'd throw it in the bin and buy a new one.
  3. i7Baby said:
    So did the new motherboard fix it?

    It looks like a HDD problem. I'd put the hdd in another pc and format it then run checkdisk to see if its 100% OK. If OK, then I'd re-install Windows on it.

    If it can't be formatted then I'd throw it in the bin and buy a new one.

    AHH nope :??: the new motherboard didn't. I mean, the BIOS worked and it's really cool. But now, when I put the Windows 7 disc in, it says "Windows is Loading Files". It loads them, then says Windows is starting, with the 4 orbs. After that, the screen is black and I can only move the mouse. It's really frustrating, so I think I'm just going to return the HDD for a new one and hope for the best. Right now I'm looking for any kinds of solutions (through Google ;)) Thanks for the tips though, and hopefully my computer can start working soon!!!
  4. Can you put the hdd in another pc and do a viruys scan, diskcheck then maybe use Seatools to check if there's something wrong with the HDD?

    What make and model is the HDD?

    That link says to go through a certain sequence to re-install Windows - because the reserve partition is faulty. Did you try it?
  5. i7Baby said:
    Can you put the hdd in another pc and do a viruys scan, diskcheck then maybe use Seatools to check if there's something wrong with the HDD?

    What make and model is the HDD?

    That link says to go through a certain sequence to re-install Windows - because the reserve partition is faulty. Did you try it?

    Hello, no I don't have another PC unfortunately. However, I have checked in with multiple people, all telling me it's the HDD.

    It's a WD Blue 1TB however it was acting up before. It wouldn't even format before. I changed the motherboard and now I get this problem, so it's fine I will return it.

    Thank you for all the help. Respond to this post saying, "Return the HDD for the new one, this one is bad." And, I will give you the Solution :)
  6. Best answer
    OK -Return the HDD for the new one, this one is bad ha ha
  7. i7Baby said:
    OK -Return the HDD for the new one, this one is bad ha ha

    ;)
  8. Did you ever resolve this? I got a new hdd(WD Black) and I still get the error message.
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