Errors while installing Windows 7 on new hard drive

March 21, 2015 at 15:10:43
Specs: Windows 7
I just got sent a new hard drive w/the win 7 disc. It's gone thru every step until installing, it errors out saying something about a partition. Every step you take on it takes at least an hour and thats just hitting the next button. Anyone know anything please... Hard drive crashed and the company sent me what I listed abovel

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#1
March 21, 2015 at 15:46:55
What is the capacity of the hard drive and how did you partition and format it?

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#2
March 21, 2015 at 15:54:48
First, you need to go to the Custom Install, then Partition and Format. If there shows up any partitions on the drive from past attempts to install, delete them, create a new partition, and format it to NTFS and it is fine to use Quick Format (Full Format will take an hour or two extra).
If you do it this way and everything is good on the machine, it should be installed in half an hour or less. If it takes significantly longer then you may have another hardware problem, possibly a problem with your memory (RAM). You can run Memtest86 via a bootable CD without Windows installed since you can boot to it directly and test your RAM that way.
Let us know how things go.

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#3
March 21, 2015 at 17:26:26
"it errors out saying something about a partition"

If you get any errors please tell us exactly what they say if they are visible long enough.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
March 21, 2015 at 17:43:51
When I get to the part where it says where do you want to install windows, I have two selections first one is system and second is primary. Ive tried both drives and it won't on the first at all so I select the other partition and it gets so far and errors out, no matter what I try to do where it says, where you want to load windows it wont do anything on that page, delete, refresh, partition, extend and load driver. I've done it all and it still errors out once it gets going. But it is also taking an hour or more to just do one thing on it period, like hitting the next button or the back button or selecting one of the options I listed above? Why, I don't get it nor have I ever had this much trouble installing windows on a new hard drive. Done it lots of times, but this one has be fooled.
Thanks for your help!!!

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#5
March 21, 2015 at 17:44:49
Its only 32gb and I can't partition anything, I listed in a follow up above of what I've done and what its doing. Hope that helps.

Thanks.


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#6
March 21, 2015 at 17:47:45
I suspect you need to play around with your bios settings.

What You Need to Know About Using UEFI Instead of the BIOS
http://www.howtogeek.com/175649/wha...

Changing BIOS mode from UEFI to Legacy
http://acer--uk.custhelp.com/app/an...

Boot to UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/...
Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

BIOS Mode - See if Windows Boot in UEFI or Legacy Mode
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...

Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...


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#7
March 21, 2015 at 17:57:17

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#8
March 22, 2015 at 00:46:09
A 32 gig hard drive??? I don't think so. Maybe it has a 32 gig partition already on it. What is the drive model number? Do you have another hard drive installed in the computer? What is the model of the motherboard or computer system (if it's something like a dell or HP.)? How much ram is installed?

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#9
March 22, 2015 at 06:03:56
Boot off the Windows DVD, select "Custom (advanced)"

http://i0.wp.com/www.door2windows.c...

Then click "Drive options (advanced)"

http://i0.wp.com/www.door2windows.c...

Delete ALL partitions, create one or more new ones, then continue with the installation.


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#10
March 22, 2015 at 06:26:24
I tried reinstalling and got this: Windows could not format a partition on disk O. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Code # 0x80070057

Then I ran the bios test and it came up with this:
Error Code # 2000-0146, Hard drive 1- self test log contains previous errors Contact Dell Support.... I didn't buy it from Dell it was purchased from Best Buy Marketplace.

Anybody got any suggestions now please...

Thanks!!!


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#11
March 22, 2015 at 06:28:24
There is only partition 0 and 1. It will not allow me to delete anything. Can't install on partition one. Now apparently not on one either? I dont know what to do now....

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#12
March 22, 2015 at 06:29:29
As per previous posts, you must delete all partitions.

0x80070057
http://bit.ly/1CLXxPK
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...


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#13
March 22, 2015 at 06:31:25
It is a 32 system ot 64. Its a dell computer. I don't know the specs cause I can't get in it to find out. Its a brand new hard drive sent from the company w/a disc for me to install. There's two partitions and its not allowing me to do anything, and IF it does it takes over an hour for it to do anything even when I hit next....

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#14
March 22, 2015 at 07:21:02
So what model Dell is it? Some still have that "Install Mode" setting in the BIOS, just in case you wanted to install Windows 95 - no, really.
IF Install Mode = Yes, then memory is limited to 256MB even if have 8GB!!

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#15
March 22, 2015 at 08:06:00
Okay update, It's a Dell Optiflex 380 with win 7.
I have tried to delete one partition so far and this is what I got: Failed to delete the selected partition, Error 0x8007045d.
Also I ran the test on startup F12 to get into BIOS and it failed one test and here it is: Windows could not find format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Code 0x80070057.
Next I got: Error Code 0146, Message error code: 2000-0146
Hard drive 1 - self test log contains previous errors????
No clue, so there you have it so far, still working on trying to delete the second partition but of course that's an hour ordeal just to find out it wont. So what do I do since they wont delete?

Thanks....


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#16
March 22, 2015 at 09:09:37
Still can't delete the partitions and I just error 0x8007045d, Disk 0 / System.

Nor could it format a partition on 0 disk. Error occurred while preparing the petition selected for installation. Code 0x80070057. Same as the other one.

Lost I have no idea what to do next. Any suggestions on how to get into the BIOS other than F12 on how to boot it up, so that I can check it out?

Thanks again...


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#17
March 22, 2015 at 09:55:09
BIOS access:
http://www.ehow.com/how_5294228_acc...

With many/most computers during booting it says what keys to enter Setup (which is BIOS).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#18
March 22, 2015 at 16:01:11
Thanks for all your help, its a bad hard drive again or sector, so back to fighting with the company to get another one or a different computer!!

Thanks again....


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#19
March 22, 2015 at 16:18:43
Thanks for the feedback. Hope all goes well.

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#20
March 22, 2015 at 20:52:49
For some reason I suspect that you are trying to install to your DVD drive rather than your hard drive. Go into BIOS set up and see if the hard drive is recognized. Make the hard drive bootable and put it into the boot order just after your DVD drive, then try again. If the drive is not recognized in BIOS then you either need a new hard drive again, or your SATA controller onboard may be bad (though it appears to recognize the DVD drive. Try these:

Try plugging the hard drive into a different SATA jack.
Try a different SATA signal cord.
Try a different plug from your power supply.
Make sure all connectors are fully inserted.

If still under warranty and these do not help, then it is up to Dell to make it right for you.

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