How to solve the obtuse “The parameter is incorrect (0x80070057)” error when building a rescue/repair disk or backing up a PC.
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Rescue-disk error linked to virtual drives
Dan Bray tried to create an emergency rescue/repair disk, using the instructions in the April 10 Top Story, “Emergency repair disks for Windows: Part 1.” But he, along with some other Windows Secrets readers, ran into an unhelpful and obscure “parameter incorrect” error.
- “Hey Fred, I tried to make a system-repair disk, per your article, and got a failure message: ‘The parameter is incorrect (0x80070057).’ How do I correct the parameter?”
That’s one of Windows’ infamous, nearly generic error messages. It can mean different things in different contexts.
In the context of making repair disks (and when making backups), error 0x80070057 usually means that something’s awry with the system’s drive-letter assignments.
For example, a cloud-backup service might create a virtual or aliased local drive (say, a virtual Z: drive) to use as a staging area for synching to the cloud. That aliased disk can confuse the backup or repair-disk process.