While installing Windows 7 get the error 0xc00000e9.

I had previously formatted my PC and things were not going well in performance so I decided that I would reformat. Backed up everything I needed to and put my windows disk in to start the process. During the loading process I get the 0xc00000e9 error advising issue with communicating with a device connected to the PC. I have had external hard drives connected and got this message still. I have now replaced the DVD burner and the main hard drive and went to install windows on fresh hard drive and am still getting this issue. Can anyone give me an idea of what could be the answer??  I don't want to replace windows if I don't want to. I did have a restore disk that I created but this is also coming up with the same error. 

Can someone help me???
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Failure to install an operating system is usually caused by (in order of probability):

1. You are attempting to install with other devices connected to the computer. Disconnect them before trying to do an installation.

2. Faulty installation media. Check the installation CD/DVD for scratches, smudges. Test in another machine.

3. Faulty optical drive. Test with another bootable CD/DVD or swap it out for a known-working one.

4. Faulty RAM. Test with Memtest86+ from www.memtest.org . You will download the .iso to make a bootable cd. Burn the file with third-party burning software* - as an image, not as data. Then boot with the media you made (you may need to change the boot priority in your BIOS so that the optical drive is the first boot device). The test will run immediately. Let the test run for an hour or two - unless errors are seen immediately. If you get any errors, replace the RAM.

*It is not necessary to have third-party burning software in Windows 7 since Win7 can natively burn an .iso. Other operating systems require it. A good free choice is ImgBurn from www.imgburn.com .

5. Faulty hard drive. Test with a diagnostic utility downloaded from the drive mftr.'s website. You will create a bootable CD with the file you download. Burn the file with third-party burning software (unless you have Windows 7, which can burn .isos natively) - as an image, not as data. Boot with the CD you made and do a thorough test of the drive. If it fails any physical tests, replace it.

6. Other hardware components are faulty.

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