Failed to format the selected partition (Error: 0x80004005)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Clothears, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Clothears

    Clothears Guest

    I am attempting to install Windows Vista Beta 2 64 bit. I burned my DVD at
    1x, without any reported problems. The DVD boots, and I reach the point where
    I nominate the partition to format (there are currently no NTFS partitions on
    the single SATA disk). I attempt to format it, and I get the error above. Any
    Clothears, Jul 3, 2006
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  2. Are you installing the SATA drivers prior to attempting to format? It maybe
    that the operating system cannot see the SATA drive. I know SATA drives are
    temperamental with Windows XP, so they are probably worse with Vista.

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    Mr. Newbie Guest

    i have the same problem, but windows vista can see my SATA, actually it
    displays the Name, Total Size and Free Size of my SATA.

    Mr. Newbie, Jul 5, 2006
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    Mr. Newbie Guest

    i also tried an IDE disk and got the same error message.


    Mr. Newbie, Jul 5, 2006
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    Clothears Guest

    I haven't installed any additional drivers. Since the installer has
    accurately read the partition table, what could usefully be additionally
    loaded? Searching the Microsoft site for 0x80004005 suggests that it is a
    catch-all error code, so it doesn't of itself give much of a clue.
    Clothears, Jul 5, 2006
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    Mike K Guest

    I had 3 partitions on my SATA, i deleted one to install RC1 but when i tried
    to format it it gave me error "error 0x800424f". this sounds similar. I will
    try to reformat the entire drive and let you know if that worked.
    Mike K, Sep 17, 2006
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    JamesR404 Guest

    Yes, same here. Using a SATA drive. I -am- able to format other
    partitions on that drive, that are NTFS, just not the primary that isn't
    NTFS.... *sigh*.

    Same catch all 0x80004005 as you guys.

    Any suggestions?
    JamesR404, Oct 26, 2008
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    JamesR404 Guest

    OK, decided to format the drive in another windows PC. There I
    discovered I needed to remove the volume* and add it again before being
    able to format the problematic partition.

    *(which can't be done via windows setup, or well, maybe via the
    recovery console)
    JamesR404, Oct 26, 2008
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    hu8mypho Guest

    in short if you delete that partition and create a new one, you will b
    fine. Alternatively you can just install straight to the entire dis
    and update the size after the fact
    hu8mypho, Dec 7, 2008
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