Solved - Windows 7 Could not Format a Partition on Disk 0 Error Code 0x80070057

Reinstalling Windows may be required to speed up your computer or to solve certain software issues. During the installation of Windows, you may encounter errors at times. One such common error is ‘Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code: 0x80070057’.

This error mainly occurs if the system partition is damaged. You can troubleshoot this error using the steps explained.

  1. Delete existing partitions and create new partitions

This requires you to delete existing partitions; create new partitions and then format the drive. You can follow the steps as explained.

  1. If you have a Windows 7 installation media, insert it and begin the installation process
  2. Select Language, Time & Currency format & Keyboard or input method
  3. Click Install Now to start the process
  4. Click Custom (Advanced) installation
  5. Select Disk 0 Partition 1 and delete
  6. Then select Disk 0 Partition 2 and delete
  7. Once partitions have been deleted, click on New to create a new partition
  8. Choose a size for the disk and select Apply
  9. Select Disk 0 partition 2 and click on Format
  10. Follow the on-screen instructions to format your drive and complete the installation process.


  1. Install disk drives

If you are unable to format your drive and still receive an error message, try installing disk drivers.

To load drivers, insert the Windows 7 installation CD and follow the steps mentioned above. In the step ‘location for Windows installation’, select Disk 0 Partition 2 and click on Load Drivers. This will automatically install disk drivers.

If data is not backed up before you attempt any of these steps, all your data and partitions could be lost. It is indeed a difficult situation to lose important files. However, with the help of professional data recovery tools, it is possible to recover all your data.

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