I would RMA the drive.
i used partition wizard to format the hard drive to nfts. this time, installation got past copying files, but when expanding files, i got the error:
"Windows cannot install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070570"
another pop up box also appeared: "the file or directory \Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-tabletpc-uihub_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385?none_6f7e04cab5e74750 is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk Utility"