Solved The parameter is incorrect when formatting. Help?

April 16, 2016 at 18:00:48
Specs: Windows 10
I have a hard drive that after attempting to dual boot ended up useless. I finally got some files off it and was ready to wipe it and start over. Windows 10 wouldn't install so I deleted everything, formatted entire drive, created new primary partition-still nothing. Using command prompts I cleaned the drive, created a new primary partition and tried to format it. After saying it was 100% completed, it said, "DiskPart has encountered an error: The parameter is incorrect."

I've tried clean all command for a more thorough job and gotten the same error. Hard drive test says it's good. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance for any help.


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April 17, 2016 at 18:18:00
"No, I couldn't"
Opp's, forgot that.

"I'm going to get a new one"
Best way,

"Off topic but if anyone has any advice on new laptop hard drives"
Maybe SSD.
Note: you do not defrag an SSD.

" I'm just gonna get the cheapest 1 TB"
That's what I would do.

"I'll be back in a couple of weeks to let you know if it worked"
Thanks.




#1
April 16, 2016 at 19:52:32
Don't pre-partiton or pre-format the HDD. Do it during the windows installation by selecting Custom (advanced). Delete ALL partitions so that you have nothing but unallocated space, then create one single partition using the entire drive capacity. You can partition the HDD after Windows is installed by using EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition.

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#2
April 16, 2016 at 19:57:41
What hard drive? What is the capacity of the hard drive? Is this a new drive or an old drive? What program or under what operating system are you partitioning and formatting the drive? What program are you using to test the drive? What are you formatting it to?
MBR supports up to 2GB drives, after that you need to format to GPT.
If you wipe the drive completely, your Windows install disk should offer a custom option where you partition and format the drive and then proceed to install.
Edit: I guess I typed too slow or too much. riider, you beat me to it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#3
April 16, 2016 at 21:40:05
Sorry. I should've said I tried that first. It got 70% through installation and gave me error code 0x80070570. I was doing this somewhere online someone said if it worked, installation should then go smoothly.

I don't have all the specs and can't get to anything on the hard drive that gives me a ton of info. Compaq Presario CQ-60. 234 Gig stock hard drive. 3 gigs of ram. Had Windows 7, worked fine, installed 10 and it died.


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#4
April 16, 2016 at 22:06:06
See if this helps, I haven't been following, might need to get my head around things a bit better.

http://www.eassos.com/how-to/the-pa...

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#5
April 16, 2016 at 22:12:29
Here is another way to run chkdsk & other, using this.

How to get a Command Prompt using Lazesoft.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.lazesoft.com/lazesoft-re...
Tutorials
http://www.lazesoft.com/guide.html
Screenshot ( SS )
http://i.imgur.com/c9viJO4.gif
http://fs5.directupload.net/images/...
Start Menu on Lazesoft boot disk
http://www.lazesoft.com/windows-rec...

Screenshot ( SS ) Windows Recovery.
http://i.imgur.com/c9viJO4.gif
http://i.imgur.com/DdozUxq.gif
Screenshot ( SS ) Data Recovery.
http://i.imgur.com/RXqJeIU.gif
How to Boot a Computer from a Lazesoft Recovery USB Device
http://www.lazesoft.com/create-a-bo...

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#6
April 16, 2016 at 22:46:59
Thanks, johnw. It'll be tomorrow but I'll post results

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#7
April 16, 2016 at 23:07:14
"I'll post results"
Thanks, more here.
Screenshot ( SS )
http://i.imgur.com/c9viJO4.gif
http://i.imgur.com/DdozUxq.gif

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#8
April 17, 2016 at 17:19:16
Alright, I couldn't download the program because I'm working on what was my only good hard drive. I did try to do the chkdsk commands using the Windows disk but it said it couldn't do it because the drive format was RAW.

The link you gave me did say that if I'm having this problem the hard drive is going to fail again even if I get it fixed. Since I can trust it anyway, I'm getting a new one. I will try to download the program after I'm up and running just to see if it can fix my old one. Then, if it works, at least other people will have a solution. I'm not sure when I'll get a new hard drive so I don't know when it will be but I'll post the results when I have them.

Thanks for the help though, I really appreciate it. Off topic but if anyone has any advice on new laptop hard drives, feel free to share. I'm just gonna get the cheapest 1 TB I can find but if there's any certain specs I should definitely look for or definitely avoid, please let me know.

Thanks again for taking the time to try to help a guy in WAY over his head with whatever the hell happened to my hard drive.


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#9
April 17, 2016 at 17:29:48
"I did try to do the chkdsk commands using the Windows disk but it said it couldn't do it because the drive format was RAW."

Did you try > One click fix > as per post #7?


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#10
April 17, 2016 at 17:59:26
No, I couldn't. I can't download the program until I get a working PC. I'm only posting here from my phone browser.

If I trusted the hard drive, I'd get lazesoft from a friend's PC and try that before getting a new one. Since I don't, I'm going to get a new one. After I'm up and running though I'm going to try all of your steps. If I get it fixed, I'll stash expendable movies or something on it as an external and post the solution for anyone else that has the problem.

Either way, I wish I'd have come here first. At least I would have had a better shot at getting some of my files off it, with the product you linked.

Thanks again. I'll be back in a couple of weeks to let you know if it worked.


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#11
April 17, 2016 at 18:18:00
✔ Best Answer
"No, I couldn't"
Opp's, forgot that.

"I'm going to get a new one"
Best way,

"Off topic but if anyone has any advice on new laptop hard drives"
Maybe SSD.
Note: you do not defrag an SSD.

" I'm just gonna get the cheapest 1 TB"
That's what I would do.

"I'll be back in a couple of weeks to let you know if it worked"
Thanks.



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#12
April 17, 2016 at 19:08:57
Thank you! Coming back and giving an update is the least I can do.

Thanks for the hard drive tips/confirmations. I'll look a little further into SSD. I've heard good things but it'll mostly depend on price. Thanks again.


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