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I've been recently trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I've tried doing many different procedures hoping for the best. I've determined my HDD is not defective, the installation disc is just fine as well. Hopefully I'm posting this in the right section of the forums.

Here is some more information which will give you an idea of what my problem could be:
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO
Memory: G-Skill Ripjaws 1333Mhz 2x4GB

I've done a clean install of 32 bit Windows 7 Home Premium and it worked just fine, but for some reason 64bit isn't wanting to install properly. Not to mention I even failed installing 32bit for a second time. It gives me error code 0x80070570 which I researched a bit and tried a few things but I couldn't find the problem. In BIOS I attempted to change SATA configuration to AHCI, but when I reached boot menu it still said IDE (default).

I have 2 possibilities to be my problem (ones I thought of).

1. A defective memory module
I wouldn't like to resort to buying a new one unless I'm positive that's the only way.

2. Something wrong with my BIOS sata configuration.
I'm not sure if this is possible but it could be.

I've checked all my hardware and all the SATA cables seem to be fine and everything else in place. Hopefully I will be able to install Windows 7 soon :).
 
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Have you got anything overclocked, if so reset it to default.

Is it a burned copy of Windows or a genuine Microsoft disc, if you burned it then make another copy and burn at a slower speed.

Run a test on your hard drive and memory as follows.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics for ISO (CD) not the one for Windows.
When the download is complete right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD.
In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts. For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn
Install the program and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the file you have downloaded from the links below. Then click on the two grey discs with the arrow in between (bottom left) and leave it to complete the operation.
Boot the PC into the Bios setup and set the CD/DVD drive to 1st in the boot sequence. Insert the disk in the drive then reboot and the disc will load into dos.
Excelstore
Hitachi/IBM
Samsung
Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital
Toshiba/Fujitsu
If you have a Toshiba/Fujitsu hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.
Preliminary checks
You should first check the model of RAM stick that you have on the manufacturers site for the recommended voltage setting and then make sure it is set correctly in the PC's Bios. An incorrect voltage setting may be the reason for your problems so test the PC's performance again if the voltage was incorrect.
Errors can also be caused by dirty contacts, mismatched sticks or using them in the wrong slots. Check all sticks are the same make and specification, check the motherboard manual for the correct slots to use. Remove all the sticks and clean the contacts with a soft pencil eraser and blow out the slots with a can of compressed air.
Testing
Download Memtest86+ from here
When the download is complete right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD.
In windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts. For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software.ImgBurn
Install the program and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the file you have downloaded from the links below. Then click on the two grey discs with the arrow in between (bottom left) and leave it to complete the operation.
Boot the PC into the Bios setup and set the CD/DVD drive to 1st in the boot sequence. Insert the disk in the drive then reboot and the disc will load into dos. Leave the test to run through at least 8 cycles or until it is showing some errors. If errors show in the test, remove all but one of your RAM sticks and repeat the test on each stick until you find the one that is faulty. This is a long slow test and should ideally be run overnight.
The memtest will not be 100% accurate but should easily detect any major faults.
IMPORTANT
Always disconnect your PC from the mains supply when removing Ram sticks and earth your hands to discharge any static electricity to avoid damage to sensitive components. If performing this test on a laptop PC you should also remove the battery before removing or replacing the RAM sticks.
 
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