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Error 0x80070057 while formating VHD

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    Windows 7 Enterprise

    Error 0x80070057 while formating VHD


    I am creating an image vhd using windows 7 Enterprise booting from USB to install Windows 8.
    The laptop is a 64 bit machine. I do create the image but when I try to customize and format the disk it generates the above error. I haven't successfully found a forum that will point to me what is causing the error. I do notice the volume partition is create as raw. when I try use the UI custome option or I use the dispart command format fs=ntfs it won't allow me to reformat the it. ANy clues....

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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mjocasio View Post
    I am creating an image vhd using windows 7 Enterprise booting from USB to install Windows 8.
    The laptop is a 64 bit machine. I do create the image but when I try to customize and format the disk it generates the above error. I haven't successfully found a forum that will point to me what is causing the error. I do notice the volume partition is create as raw. when I try use the UI custome option or I use the dispart command format fs=ntfs it won't allow me to reformat the it. ANy clues....
    Try to make a new VHD with the same size, empty partitions and use that one instead. Should be a quicker fix.
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    Windows 7 Enterprise


    I try that too and no success.
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    If you search that error code on the net, you will get a lot of results.
    It is disk-related and not necessarily VHD-only.

    See this:
    Error 0x80070057 when you format a hard disk drive to install Windows 7
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    Windows 7 Enterprise


    I read that article too. The partition of the of the host machine (win 7 entreprise is healthy). I also use the bootable USB drive for a PC and it work. The only the difference it was a 32. Can not get it to work in the win 7 64 laptop.
    Bitlocler is disabled and locality is decimal in reference to this error. I guess I will have to re-install the Windows 7 on the target machine and see what happens.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Very strange, It's possible the mix of 32bit and 64bit can be the blame but I never tried you method out, it might be reproducible.

    The reinstall you mention might do it.
    Since I don't have any other ideas, I wish you good luck in solving this issue.
    Welcome to the forums, by the way.
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    Windows 7 Enterprise


    thank you for your time..... I will post the result
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Enterprise


    I went in use diskpart to format the VHD file..... I noticed I couldn't partition the space allocated by the VHD file and when it tries too partition the raw space in just detach the VHD file.
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