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*SOLVED* Windows 7 - "The system image restore failed. The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057)"

RUsum1 9,529 1,696 July 9, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I googled the error code but the suggestions I found require me to be in windows. The drive does not have windows yet which is the problem. I'm trying to restore a sytem image I created from within windows. Both drives were a 128GB SSD so that shouldn't be an issue. What is the problem???

edit: just so you know what I've already tried

1) Put in my new SSD and acted as if I was doing a clean install so it would take me to my hard drive list. Selected the new hard drive and clicked "new" which created a system recover 100MB partition and another partition with the remaining space (<- didn't work)
2) Deleted the larger partition from the previous step and expanded the smaller partition so the entire drive became one partition (<- didn't work)
3) formatted the combined partition to get rid of the "system" tag (<- didn't work)
4) deleted the partition so it appeared on the list as an unallocated drive like original (<- didn't work)

I have Windows 7 booting from a USB flash drive if that matters at all

edit: per post #4, removing the thumb drive that contained the bootable Windows 7 info right before installing the recovery drive worked.

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#2
Where is the drive image? Somewhere on the flash drive?
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Quote from hbarnwheeler View Post :
Where is the drive image? Somewhere on the flash drive?
drive image is on a secondary, internal HDD.
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Just before you hit the button that will begin the image restoration, remove the flash drive.
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try booting off the original system disc or recovery dvd
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-u...95b988b27d
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You titled it "system image failed" and I don't see anything in your description of the symptoms, that has anything to do with the image.
If I understand you correctly, your problem has to do with the new SSD, that doesn't permit you to do anything to it, correct?
It won't let you format it, partition it, install on it, etc, is that correct?
If so, we can take it from there, but need to understand the full nature of the problem first.
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You CANNOT do an Image recovery from a thumb drive (it messes up the drive assignments)... use a recovery CD/system disk
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Quote from boltman2007 View Post :
You CANNOT do an Image recovery from a thumb drive
You can if you pull the drive before starting the actual restore process. The environment is loaded into RAM by that point and the drive is no longer needed. The recovery environment will recognize its absence and proceed as though it was never there.
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Quote from hbarnwheeler View Post :
Just before you hit the button that will begin the image restoration, remove the flash drive.
Thank you! This did it for me
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Thank you! This did it for me
Great! Would you put "SOLVED" somewhere in the thread title for the benefit of others who face the same problem ?
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#11
Oh my God, thank you! I spent two days trying similar variations to yours with a mobo raided set of SSD's (raid0). What a ridiculous step Microsoft. Cmon!
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This just saved my ass, thank you!
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Thank you!
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#14
WTF seriously. Yanking out USB did the trick. Way to go Microsoft. It's really annoying.

Thanks for the help though !
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#15
Currently restoring frm system image.. trying your method.. Keeping my fingers crossed..
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