Error code:0xE0000100

JTBALLER

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Windows installation encountered an unexpected error. Verify that the installation sources are accessible, and restart the installation. Error code:0xE0000100


Just built a computer. Tried to install windows 7 and it wouldn't find the hard drive so I had an old xp reinstallation cd and thought i'd try that. it found the hard drive and so it formatted it for about 3 hours and then said there was an error on the disk. now when i get to the part in windows 7 where i choose how to install, that message above pops up.

what could i do?
 

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Oh, and replace your HDD under warranty, it probably shouldn't be taking that long to format - after checking all your cables and maybe try a known recently good PSU, just in case.

The hardware will keep retrying a sector, so the software can't always tell if it should mark an entire cluster as bad or not. Either way it sounds like your HDD is defective.

ie: Good media + Good RAM + Defective HDD = corrupt files.

The data gets copied to RAM before it hits the HDD though, so you never really can tell...
 

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