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Windows 7: Setup was unable to create a new system partition

30 Sep 2013   #61
vrider

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is the BIOS set to UEFI? If so are you following the special steps in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums and UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows ?

Set the HDD first to boot, then trigger the flash stick to boot using the Lenovo one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

Did you successfully create and mark Active the partition using the Diskpart commands in Step 2.2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation? Does the partition show up in Diskpart? Does it show up during install on the drive selection screen?

Does the HD show up at all during install? Does it show up in BIOS setup? If not try reinstalling the HD to get it to show up, or if necessary replace the HD.

If the HD shows up then test your HD with the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by a full Disk Check on the partition you defined.
BIOS is not set to UEFI. I followed all the steps to create partition as well. I gave up on using the USB boot and found an old boot DVD I had created for Win 7. I was able to install Win 7 successfully with the DVD so I think it was the USB all along. Thanks for your suggestion.


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30 Sep 2013   #62
gregrocker

 

In that case I'd have used a new ISO written to stick from Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you stick with those same steps in the blue link you'll get and keep a perfect install.

Using an pre-SP1 installer will require hours of WIndows Updates, so after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) I would run all round of Important and Optional Updates. After requested reboots go back to check for UPdates until there are no more. Only then would I import any drivers still missing in Device Manager. This can avoid problems.
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15 Dec 2013   #63
doodkonijn

Windows XP
 
 

Hey there

I am trying the exact same solutions as above but not working for me. After doing the stuff in #47 I got a note saying my drivers were missing. I changed USB port and restarted and now I am back in the message saying " Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."

What else can I try? I think I have bios and not uefi since at startup my pc says bios in the screen below dell.

I put windows on an USB drive using windows tool for windows 7.

Thanks in advance

Ezra

P.S.

I did make a backup using a special windows tool meant to prepare for going to windows 7. Unfortunately I forgot the name... It had three words

But I can't manage to even get the backup back on my pc.

Thanks again
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15 Dec 2013   #64
gregrocker

 

Windows Easy Transfer is not entirely safe as the data can be lost during transfer. Much better to backup your active User folders into which you've sorted all of your data. Everything that must be considered is in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Being prompted for drivers almost always means a bad installer. Start over with new ISO burned to disk or flash stick from Steps 1 and 2 in tutorial above.

It isn't good enough to just guess if you have a UEFI BIOS. Enter BIOS setup at boot to see if there are Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Service Module settings which must be enabled to avoid UEFI install if you have a UEFI BIOS. Google the specs for your PC or mobo to see if it features UEFI. When you boot the installer does it offer UEFI devices to boot?

If not then wipe the HD with Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command and try again with a new installer. If that fails format an Active partition using the steps in Post #47.
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15 Dec 2013   #65
doodkonijn

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks a bunch for your quick reply!

I didn't know how to see which bios I have but when I press f2 during startup it brings me to the bios. Then when I look at the system info it tells me I have Bios 1.0.3 with the date 06/20/2008. In the top of the screen it says " Phoenix- AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility." I guess this means I have bios and not something else?

I am now trying to burn a DVD. Will let you know how that goes

Thanks again
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15 Dec 2013   #66
gregrocker

 

No that does not mean it is a standard BIOS.

You need to familiarize yourself with the various tabs to look at the settings, for UEFI, Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Mode. If you want to post back camera snaps we can advise you better.

However if you're booting a known-good Win7 installer and there is no choice for UEFI device in the one-time BIOS boot menu accessed on Dell via F12 key, then its doubtful you have UEFI. I also see nothing about UEFI when I google your model for specs as you could have done: Dell Vostro 410 Desktop Computer Specs (Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 2.66GHz, DDR2 SDRAM 2GB, 250GB) - Desktops - CNET Reviews
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15 Dec 2013   #67
doodkonijn

Windows XP
 
 

Hey

Actually I did google it but got confused because I have a different processor. I have an q6600 I believe. But then again I do have the dell vostro 410.

Here I have some shots of my screen when I am in the Bios setup. I looked under each tab and nowhere I can find anything similar to legacy etc.


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15 Dec 2013   #68
gregrocker

 

Those settings would be on Boot or Advanced BIOS settings pages. If you don't see them there and there is no UEFI device offered when you boot the installer, then assume you have standard BIOS and follow the steps again in Post #47 but with a new installer formatted as given.
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15 Dec 2013   #69
doodkonijn

Windows XP
 
 

Will do. No I need to find a pc with a working optical drive cause my laptop is broken. Won't get around to it until Wednesday. But I will keep you updated asap.

Thanks again
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27 Dec 2013   #70
MaksimSDimov

Windows Home x64
 
 

Hello fellow Windows users.

It seems I have ran into the same problem described here, and I decided making a new thread would be unnecessary.

So, I have tried using a couple of different ISOs for Windows 7 (not the upgrade ones), and every time I get the same error: "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."

What's really wierd is that when the installer let's me select where I want to install Windows, it shows one of my hard drives as being a "Primary" type. I have tried both the method decribed in post #6 and the one in post #47.

Any help will be much appreciated.
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