I am asking this new question after trying to recover my crashed windows data please refer below question/link

How to recover data from crashed Windows laptop?

-------------My query regarding HDD Format Issue-----------------

windows is not able to neither format HDD nor install windows.IT gives following error

while formatting: Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. Error code: 0x80070057 While installing:It is not able to recognize HDD format so it doesn't go to next installation step

I used following steps to format HDD


list disk

select disk 0



It couldn't execute format

  • Are you trying to Upgrade from 7 to 8.1 or a clean install? How did you format it, was it using cmd in the installation disk or from your existing Windows installation? – Rsya Studios Oct 6 '14 at 7:57
  • I have updated my question; I am trying to install windows on crashed OS/windows – Ravi Yadav Oct 6 '14 at 8:05
  • In support2.microsoft.com/kb/2476568 my system directly shows step 10 i.e unallocated space as 474GB & when i perform step 11 & 12 it fails to do show.....any alternative ?? – Ravi Yadav Oct 6 '14 at 8:58


Since you are unable to format it from the Windows installation disk, do it using GParted Live CD.: (Detailed instructions are provided at the GParted Live Manual website).

  1. Select an unmounted partition. Choose: Partition → Delete. The application displays the delete partition operation in the Pending Operations pane.

  2. Now format it. Choose: Partition → Format to, and select a type of file system from the list eg FAT32/NTFS.

If even this doesn't work then go for Western Digital Diagnostics Disk- The usage of this can also be achieved using the dd command in a terminal.

The error code 0x80070057 appears because the partition that is reserved for system is damaged

To resolve this problem, delete the existing partitions, create a new partition, and continue with the formatting.

• Start the installation process.

• Select all appropriate settings then click Install now.

• Click Custom (Advanced).

• Select Disk 0 partition 1, and click Delete.

• Select Disk 0 partition 2, and click Delete.

• Click New.

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

Note: the size of the default value is the maximum size of the disk.

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

• Formatting should complete correctly. Click Next to continue.

You can now complete the installation without problems.

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  • 1. I have single partition so there is no delete option 2. Format tab is disabled 3. When i click on New & give a value which is less than total memory lets say 250GB out of 476GB; its not able to create new partition – Ravi Yadav Oct 6 '14 at 8:12

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