Error code “0x80070057” and message “Windows could not format a partition on disk 0” appears, when system partition is damaged. Microsoft forum says this. But I found two more reasons for this error.
When doing fresh installation, some times you may get error “0x80070057“. I will show you three solutions for this error.
First solution for the error 0x80070057
I am giving simple steps. If you want, you can see Microsoft support forum article for explanation with screen shots.
First solution is, delete the partitions and create new partitions. Follow below steps to do this.
Put Windows DVD in the DVD drive. Boot the system. Follow initial windows installation steps.
You may see “Install Windows” window.
Select “disk0 Partition 1” and click Delete. And click “Ok” when prompted. If you don’t see “Delete” option, Click on “Advanced”. you will see the options. You can see options in above screen shot.
Now select “Disk0 Partition2”. Delete this one also.
Now click “New”. Don’t change Size. Click on “Apply”. And click “Ok” when prompted. Now you have created new partitions.
Now you can see system reserved partition and partition2 as same as above screen shot.
Select “Disk0 Partition2” and click on “Format”. Click “Ok” to format the disk. Click on “Next” to continue Windows installation.
Now you can install Windows.
If you cannot format this new disk, you have to follow second method.
Second solution for the error 0x80070057
Now you are not able to format even new disk. That means your RAM might be giving problem. To solve, just remove your RAM and re install RAM. And follow first solution.
Still if you get the same problem. Replace hard disk cable. And follow first solution.
Still it you face the same problem. Follow Third solution.
Third solution for the error 0x80070057
Another reason for this problem is, your system has lost Hard disk driver. If your Windows DVD has the drivers, follow below procedure to install driver.
Put Windows DVD and follow first installation method. You have come to “Install windows” window shown in above screen shot. Select Disk where you want to install windows. That means select “Disk0 : Partition2”. Click “Load Driver”. It will automatically install the disk driver.
Now you can follow first solution.
If your Windows DVD does not has driver, it will not install driver. Without driver you cannot access hard disk and you cannot install Windows. Now you need to contact your system’s manufacturer for support. They will install drivers as well as OS.
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