Error Code 0x80070057 – What is it?

Error Code 0x80070057 is a key that is used to refer to anything related to a failed Windows Backup attempt, a failed disk formatting or a failed Windows installation. When a user attempts to backup their PC and it fails, this error message will be displayed. Alternatively, if a user attempts to make a new disk partition or attempts to install Windows, this issue can occur. Fortunately there are a number of ways to fix this issue.

Common symptoms include:

  • Inability to install Windows
  • Inability to backup files
  • Inability to create new disk partitions or format a hard drive

There are a number of methods used to address Error Code 0x80070057. Each method is used to fix a different issue so it is important to read the information that appears when the code is displayed. The methods are fairly straightforward to complete, but if you do get stuck, you do have the opportunity to contact a qualified Windows repair technician to help resolve the problem for you.


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Error Causes

The three main causes for Error Code 0x80070057 are a corrupted disk partition, a registry error or an incorrectly connected SATA cable.

Further Information and Manual Repair

There are three basic options that users have available for them to attempt to resolve Error Code 0x80070057 on their personal computer. Each of the three methods will be useful for a different scenario, so users may need to refer to the error code they received to understand which of the three options is the right option to perform.

All of these options are easy to follow, but if you’re unsure about the steps needed or get confused along the way, you may want to consider hiring a certified Windows technician or to use the tool below in step four.

If you receive the message ‘Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. Error code: 0x80070057,’ we would recommend using method one.

If you attempt method one and still receive the message ‘Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. Error code: 0x80070057,’ try using method two.

If you receive the message ‘An internal error has occurred: The parameter is incorrect: (0x80070057),’ try using method three.


Here are the top methods for addressing Error Code 0x80070057:


Method One:  Ensure your hard drive is connected properly.

If you received the message ‘Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. Error code: 0x80070057,’ you will need to ensure your hard drive is connected properly. To do this, you will need to switch off the PC, unplug it from the main power plug and unscrew the side panel of your PC case. The hard drive will either be a long, thick silver rectangular shape or a long, thin silver rectangular shape. The words ‘desktop hard drive’ should be written on it. If not, you should be able to find the file size of your hard drive written on it. For example, this could be 320GB, 500GB, 1TB or a variety of other sizes.

There will be two wires connected to the hard drive. The smaller wire that is connected to the hard drive is the SATA cable. Make sure it is fully connected by attempting to push it in further with your finger. Next, locate where the SATA cable is connected to on the other end. The SATA cable will be connected to your motherboard. If you have another item, such as a CD drive, in your PC, we would suggest switching the motherboard slot the hard drive SATA cable is in with the slot the CD drive SATA cable is in.

Once you have adjusted the SATA cable, replace the side panel of the PC, plug in the power and switch the PC on.

Method Two: Delete partitions and reinstall

If you still get the ‘Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. Error code 0x80070057’ message after following the steps above, your next step will be to delete existing partitions and reinstall Windows.

To do this, insert the Windows installation CD. Go through the initial setup and choose the Custom (Advanced) option when prompted. When you are prompted to choose your install location, select the partitions one by one and click the delete option below. Once you have completed this, click the New button to create a new partition. Make sure to choose the maximum file size available. Choose the new partition and click Next.

If neither of these methods fix the issue, we would recommend contacting certified a Windows repair technician or resolving the issue automatically with method four.


Method Three:  Adding a Registry Key Value


If you receive the message An internal error has occurred: The parameter is incorrect: Error Code 0x80070057, you will need to follow method three. In this method, you will need to add a registry key value. First, head to the Microsoft support website.

Next, search for this error code. After that, find the option that relates to the particular error message you received. Once the page has opened, scroll down and click the download button located under the ‘Fix for Me’ section. Run the software once it has downloaded. This should resolve the issue,



Method Four: Use An Automated Tool


If you wish to have a tool to fix these kind of issues for Windows 10 and previous Windows software, download and install a powerful automated tool.


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