Fix Windows Could Not Format a Partition on Disk 0

Brithny updated on Apr 28, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

To help you completely get rid of the problem of Windows could not format a partition, we gathered the three most effective methods for you.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Format during installation Boot from the bootable media, click Install Now...Full steps
Fix 2. Format using Diskpart Type diskpart > list disk > select disk 0...Full steps
Fix 3. Format using Software Right-click your drive and choose Format...Full steps


Making an installation media, backing up all important data, you have done all the preparation job and started to reinstall Windows, but just getting stuck during the process because Windows could not format the partition while preparing the partition selected for installation? This will finally result in "Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1" error. You are not the only one. Many other users have such an unpleasant experience in Windows 10/8/7. 

Windows Could Not Format a Partition on Disk 0

And in different Windows versions, you may get different error messages, from "Windows could not format a partition on disk 0" or "Failed to format the selected partition" in Windows 7, to "We couldn't format the selected partition" in Windows 8/10.  And following these messages, there are different error codes like 0x80070057 or 0x8004242d. Next, let's learn how to fix the error step by step.

Fix "Windows Could Not Format a Partition on Disk 0 with error 0x80070057 and 0x8004242d"

Method 1. Format Partition during Windows Installation Process

To fix the issue, you can first choose to delete the existing partitions, create a new partition, and continue with the formatting. 

1) Boot from the Windows installation DVD, click Install Now. 
2) At the setup screen, click Custom (Advanced).
3) Delete all the partitions on disk 0.
4) Create a new partition of the unallocated space on disk 0. 
5) Select the partition to install Windows on and then continue with the install.

Fix Windows Could Not Format a Partition on Disk 0 - Delete and create new partitions

Note: Sometimes, you may get the error "We couldn't create a new partition" in step 4. When it occurs, please try to format the partition in Command Prompt Window to solve the problem.

Method 2. Format Partition using Diskpart in Command Prompt 

Run the installation media. Select repair windows > Advanced Startup > Command Prompt(admin). In the command prompt, type the following lines and press Enter after each line:

list disk 
select disk 0
create partition primary 
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs

Finally, exit the Command Prompt and try to install Windows again. Feel it is too difficult for you to operate the command line? Here EaseUS bootable format tool is coming to help! 

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 Windows 10 is supported

Method 3. Format Partition using EaseUS bootable partition manager 

Download and install EaseUS Partition Master, select "Create WinPE bootable disk" on the main window.  Connect the bootable USB and open EaseUS Partition Master, then follow the steps below:


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

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