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Failed to format selected partition Error: 80070057 [Vista x64]

Setup:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P rev.1.1
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
4GB G-Skill DDR2-800
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATAII 32MB Cache
ATI Radeon 4890 1GB
Microsoft Windows Vista x64

Just built this new rig, but have a major problem. I am unable to install Vista. After slowly getting to the partition selection screen, I click the only partition on the drive and click either next or format and setup tells me 'Failed to format selected partition. Error: 80070057. I have tried a different drive with the same results. I've put in the drive into my tech station with no issues. I have also tried AHCI mode and loaded drivers, but to no avail. Any suggestions? Is there something I'm missing here?

Thanks.
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maninblac1Commented:
There's a handful of things to try...but this is the most likely issue, make sure your HDD is connected to SATA port 1.  Your board has 6 SATA ports, the ICH8 and ICH9 I/O chips only support "bootable" drives in slots 1/2/3/4...ideally you put your HDD in 1 or 2 and DVD in 3 or 4.  If you've put your hard drive in SATA port 6 by mistake....windows will see it, but install will fail, cause the drive isn't in a bootable location.  This is a hardware limitation of the intel ICH chips.  I'd always put your primary boot device in port 1.

Put your drive in IDE mode.  You're not going to get much "performance" benefit from a single drive in AHCI mode.  And this will rule out bum drivers.

Also try turning off windows updates during install.
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nobusCommented:
you can also test your drive (i know you said it's ok), but it tests also your disk controller on the mobo. (can be a bad mobo)
download ubcd : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
and run the WD diags

btw -  what do you mean with "After slowly getting to the partition selection screen" ??
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TutalianAuthor Commented:
HDD is plugged into SATA 0 while the bluray drive on SATA 1. This shows the HDD as the primary master during POST. I also have a cable running to the front eSATA port on SATA 2. The motherboard also has two other SATA ports named GSATA 0 and GSATA 1. I will give it a shot, but I don't think it is the cause.

I have tested the drive using WD Diagnostics in Windows without any issues. I was able to create, copy to and read from the drive on my tech station.

For some reason, it takes at least 5 minutes to reach the install window, then a few more to get through the product key section, then to drive selection.
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nobusCommented:
>>    I was able to create, copy to and read from the drive on my tech station.    <<   you clearly did not understand my post - i told you to test the drive on the mobo in question !
   >>   it takes at least 5 minutes to reach the install window  <<  clearly, something is wrong here, we should sort that out first !
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TutalianAuthor Commented:
I've tried testing the drive on the GIgabyte board. Using UBCD, WD Diag 5.04, I get the error code 0132, which according to WD's site says:

Command Aborted. Please ensure that you are using the version of diagnostic utility corresponding to either newer or older Western Digital drives.

This is odd seeing as how it shows me this is the version of software to use.

Sorry nobus, I should have posted this already...
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nobusCommented:
do you see the disk drive in the bios ?
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TutalianAuthor Commented:
The drive shows up in the BIOS as Primary Master. I am able to partition and format the drive in LifeGuard 11.2. After 'successfully' partitioning and formatting here, I still get the same result (Error code: 0x80070057) in the Vista setup.
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nobusCommented:
ok - on your other system, delete all the partitions
then try to install Vista again
see second last comment :  http://forums.techarena.in/vista-setup-install/544421.htm
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TutalianAuthor Commented:
I have already put the drive into another machine and performed a 'write all zeros' operation. Then created a new volume. This got me to the point to 'extracting files', but took over an hour to reach 13%. I think I might try different RAM and also different SATA port.
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nobusCommented:
there is clearly something wrong with your hardware.
i suggest testing ram and disk ; download ubcd  : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
and run memtest86+ and the WD diag
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nobusCommented:
..it can also be a bad DVD...
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TutalianAuthor Commented:
You're not gonna believe this. I thought, just for the sake of trying it, to 'Load Optimized Defaults'. I've never used the options as I prefer to set it up myself. I did this, and everything went smooth! After loading defaults, I checked the BIOS settings to see what had changed....Nothing. Every setting was where I had set it before. Does this option change settings not available to the end user? If so, I'd like to know what it does as this was a bizarre issue.
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nobusCommented:
seems it did change a tickle somewhere though
anyway, glad you'r running  !
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nobusCommented:
you're welcome, and tx for the feedback. It was a very weird problem...
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