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Windows 7 Install and HDD Format

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December 29, 2010 3:56:25 PM

Hello all, Sorry if this isn't quite the right category for this post.

I recently purchased and built the following PC.

MSI 880GM-E41 880G
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244433
Athlon II X3 445
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/235421
Kingston DDR3 2GB 1333MHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147903
Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252
LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176026
Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster Elite 460W PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135101

I also bought the Windows 7 Home Premium set and I am currently trying to install it. The problem is, I can't format the hard drive/partition when it needs me to.

I receive the following error. "Failed to format the selected partition. error 0x80070057"

Now I would have thought that because I can delete and manipulate partitions of the drive itself, that the HDD is in working order. (i'm sure i'm wrong, but it is an assumption)

Here is what I can say is the setup:

- HDD is the only one in the system.
- HDD is plugged into SATA 1, Optical drive into SATA 3
- HDD is recognised in BIOS.
- HDD has no jumpers at present (again from what I read they weren't necessary)

- And no I don't have another PC to plug the HDD into to check it is working or format.

I don't know if there is anything else I should have checked.

Has anyone got any clue as to why this would be happening, everywhere that has guides to a "clean install" of windows 7 mentions nothing about this issues. Please help.

Thank you in advance, any pointers would be hugely appreciated.



December 29, 2010 4:23:01 PM

Editted this message :) 

Thank you so much, I swapped the two cables over (old SATA i had lying around and the new one that came with the mobo) and it worked like a dream, crazy that the Optical device is working fine with the old cable but the HD just wouldn't have it :) 

Thank you SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!
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