Error 0x80070057 when you format a hard disk drive to install Windows 7


You receive error 0x80070057 when you try to clean install WIndows 7.


This error occurs because the partition that is reserved for system is damaged.

Note: the reserved system partition is an area reserved for the BitLocker encryption and for the restoration of Windows.


To resolve this problem, delete the existing partitions, create a new partition, and continue with the formatting. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the Windows 7 installation DVD, and then start the installation.

  2. Select your preferences in the Language to install, Time and currency format and Keyboard or input method options. Then click Next .

  3. Click Install now.

  4. In the screen of the Microsoft license agreement, click I accept the terms of license, and then click Next .

  5. Click Custom (Advanced).

  6. Select Disk 0 partition 1, and click Delete.

  7. Click OK when propmted.

  8. Select Disk 0 partition 2, and click Delete.

  9. Click OK when propmted.

  10. Click New.

  11. Define the size of the disk, and then click Apply.

    Note: the size of the default value is the maximum size of the disk.
  12. Click OK when propmted.

  13. Select Disk 0 partition 2, and then click Formatting.

  14. Click OK when propmted.

  15. Formatting should complete correctly. Click Next to continue.

    You can now complete the installation without problems.

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Article ID: 2476568 - Last Review: Mar 7, 2012 - Revision: 1

Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise