How to Fix “The Parameter is Incorrect” Error on External Hard Drive

3 Solutions to “The Parameter is Incorrect” Error on External Hard Drive

What to do when you get “The Parameter is Incorrect” error on external hard drive? Here we tell you how to fix the error easily and also recover lost data from hard drive with Recoverit.

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Feb 02, 2021 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


Have you ever tried accessing your files in your external hard drive or partition but it brought you 'the parameter is incorrect? This kind of error is common and normally affects the external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, etc and they prevent you from accessing your files.

This article covers in detail what this error really is, the major causes, and the solutions on how to get rid of this error from your life!

There are a number of causes of this kind of error and they include:

Part 1: Solutions to Fix "The Parameter is Incorrect" Error

There are probabilities of losing important data if the error is not fixed or a practical workable solution found. There are different solutions to fixing the parameter is incorrect error depending on the source or cause of the error. Discussed are some of the solutions with respect to the cause of the error.

Solution 1: Formatting the Inaccessible Drive

The call to format your external hard drive can be tough but sometimes it is a solution to the error. Formatting a partition initializes its use thus creating a new file system for the whole volume and changing the formats of the file system. Formatting can be done through low-level or high-level formatting.

Step 1 Connect the external drive to the PC

Step 2 Right-click 'This PC' then 'Manage' then 'Disk Management'

Step 3 Right-click the RAW or corrupted drive and select 'format' then click 'OK'

Step 4 Set the volume level, file system format then check the 'perform quick format' option. Once done, click 'OK' to format.


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Solution 2: Run 'chkdsk /f /r'

This solution is able to work on bad sectors on the drive, lost clusters, file system and directory errors, and cross-linked files.

Step 1 Click 'start' then 'all programs' and 'accessories'. After you are done right click 'command prompt' and select 'Run as administrator' then click 'allow' if you are prompted to enter as an administrator


Step 2 Type the command line 'chkdsk/f/r' in the command prompt then click 'enter'

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Solution 3: Fix "The Parameter is Incorrect" Error without Data Loss

With the above methods, you might lose data. Here you can consider using the recommended software like Recoverit Software. The software has features and functionalities designed to recover files from external hard drives that have problems. The software uses an integrated algorithm to analyze damaged systems and also scan through all sectors of the drive to recover all files and folders.

The software operates in all versions of Windows and can recover files from any kind of external hard drive irrespective of size and nature.

  • Recover lost or deleted files, photos, audio, music, emails from any storage device effectively, safely, and completely.
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  • Preview before recovery allows you to make a selective recovery.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.8-10.15) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, etc.

Free download Recoverit Data Recovery on your computer, and connect the faulty hard drive and follow the next simple steps to perform external hard drive recovery.

Step 1 Install and launch the Recoverit program on your computer.

Step 2 Connect an external storage device.

Step 3 Select an external storage device.

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Step 4 Scan your external storage device.

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Step 5 Preview and recover your data.

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Finally, you can try the solution 1 and 2 the above-mentioned without any worry.

Every storage device is susceptible to failure or damage. To prevent the consequences of damage or failure of these devices always make sure you back up your files, pay attention and respond to messages displayed about the devices, handle your devices with ultimate care, and above all, always equip yourself with Recoverit External Hard Drive Recovery Software!

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