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Last updated: Jul 03, 2023

Here is everything you need to know about E_Invalidarg (0x80070057) Error

If you run VirtualBox on a Windows system, chances are that you have, or may still come across this error - failed to import appliance result code: e_invalidarg (0x80070057). This error usually occurs when Windows is unable to access your system’s storage drive (HDD or SSD), or you have insufficient space on the drive. File systems incompatibility can also cause this error, and malware/virus attacks can be contributing factors, too.

Here you will find out:

  • about E_Invalidarg (0x80070057) Error
  • how to fix it

Are you ready? Let's read!

How To Fix The Error?

Here are few methods that can be helpful and any of them can be your solution.

1. Clean Up Your Disks

First things first, clean up your disks.

Use disk clean up to fix 0x80070057 error

This means deleting unnecessary or expired files to get more free storage space.

2. Format Hard Drive And Change Its File System

Since file system format incompatibility can cause this error, it is advisable to format your hard drive and change its file system.

Use formation to fix 0x80070057 error

However, formatting your drive will delete everything inside; so, you may need to create a backup first.

3. Examine Time/Date Preferences

Check your system’s date and time, are they correct? If they are not correct, simply change them to the current time and date.

4. Check For Virus

Another possible cause of the result code: e_invalidarg (0x80070057) error is malware/virus attacks.

Use antivirus to fix 0x80070057 error

Run your antivirus software and check for viruses - remove any threat you discover.

5. Restore Windows

Run “System Restore” to get your system to a previously “Good” state. This can possibly fix this error code. To do this, follow the steps below:

Press Windows key + X and select “Settings” from the context menu.

Use System Restore to fix 0x80070057 error

Search for “System Restore” and follow the prompts.

6. Reinstall Windows

If the error persists after trying the methods above, you should try reinstalling Windows OS. However, a clean installation of Windows OS is liable to delete most files from your PC, so you need to create a disk image (backup) before doing that.

How To Protect or Recover Your Data

Most of the methods mentioned above are advanced and may lead to data loss. Thus, there's a need to create a comprehensive backup of your files before proceeding with the steps. In contrast, if you already tried them out and ended deleting some of your important files, there's still a way to get back the files.

Whether you're looking to back up your data or restore deleted data from your Virtual Machines, DiskInternals VMFS Recovery software can help in both aspects. It is professional software that helps to recover data lost due to physical drive issues, RAID array corruption, software failure, malware attack, and human errors.

This software is packed with all the features of DiskInternal's RAID Recovery, and it can also recover data from all VMFS-formatted drives, VMware vSphere, and ESXi/ESX Servers.

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