unable to format

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June 12, 2010 at 02:45:01
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 3.213 GHz / 3069 MB
i have just replaced the hdd in my notebook with a new 120GB, Serial ATA (SATA11).i went to install win7 but it gets to the point of "copying files" and comes up with a error..windows is unable to format etc with the code 0x80070057.
so i then atteped to install xp but had basically the same message.
the original hdd was a Serial ATA (SATA)
not a Serial ATA (SATA11)..could this be the problem. i have no idea what to do next. hears my notebook....


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June 12, 2010 at 07:29:57
I can't answer about Win 7 but unless you're loading the SATA drivers for XP or running the HDD in IDE mode, there's no way you're going to get XP to install.

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June 12, 2010 at 07:33:39
Yes, that could be the problem. SATA II drives usually have a jumper on the back of the drive that can throttle the drive to SATA I speeds. Many times this is not necessary but in your case it may be. Try that first and post back.

Is the hard drive properly identified by both model and full capacity in the POST screens at start up?

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June 13, 2010 at 10:27:56
sorry for the delay.
at the moment for some reason the hdd cannot be detected at all when i try to install win7. i have tested the drive in my sons notebook and its fine. theres no jumpers on the back, only the jumper pins i think.
hears a image of the post screen


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June 13, 2010 at 10:33:55
But you probably NEED to install a jumper on two of those pins. Your SATA controllers are SATA I, your sons computer may be SATA II or simply smarter than yours.

If the drive is not detected that is the most likely reason.

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June 13, 2010 at 10:45:13
can you explain how i do that??
I'm assuming the four unused pins are the jumpers??
another image.......


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June 13, 2010 at 11:49:33
Post the model of the drive and I will try to find a link. Or you can go to the manufacture's site yourself.

Also, the information may be listed right on the drive itself. You may need to remove the drive to read it. Any jumper you have lying around should work.

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June 13, 2010 at 12:10:10
i still cannot see if it needs a jumper??


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June 13, 2010 at 14:17:18
I am also having trouble finding that information. That said, the four pins on the left end are the pins in question.

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June 13, 2010 at 16:06:34
I found this thread. The poster seems to have found which pins are the ones to use.


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June 14, 2010 at 12:17:24
many thanks othehill. i had high hopes this was going to work.
i did as suggested to add a jumper. i then went to try to install again.
bit of a odd size for a 120g hdd. any way the drive was detected great i thought. i hit next with the result of this
i then went to advanced drive options and hit refresh. windows cannot find the drive again
so i booted with Ultimate Boot CD to see if there were any prog that could help. but none ovious to me. one programe i used loaded into the memory and i was faced with a windows environment with different programs.one of which was a partition manager which had the drive there. so i ran a disk clean progame as a experiment. it ran fine with the hdd light flickering all the way. im totally confused.

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June 14, 2010 at 13:20:07
OK, the 111.xx capacity is the actual true capacity before partitioning and formatting. The reason has been covered multiple times and I don't wish to explain right now, just take my word for it.

So that means the BIOS is configuring the hard drive now.

Contemporary motherboards with as many a dozen drive connections have a BIOS that you must select WHICH hard drive you want to access in addition to setting Hard drive in the boot order.

My guess is that your either have that setting wrong, or you may have missed the message asking where you want to install Windows.

The gist or it that it should work now. That statement assumes the hard drive is a working unit.

I suggest you download a drive fitness utility from the manufacturer. Burn it to disk and boot to that disk. It will check the drive and report back if it is defective. One other possibility is that the hard drive is partitioned and formatted using something Windows can't deal with. If that is the case you may need to use the hard drive prep tools from the manufacturer to wipe the drive and then try again.

Look in advanced BIOS features at Hard disk Boot Priority to set it for the 120GB drive.

Under Integrated Peripherals use AHCI


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