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Windows 7: Cannot install win 7, Setup was unable to create a new


11 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7/ish
 
 
Cannot install win 7, Setup was unable to create a new

Sorry for the bad title =/.

Ive had numerous problems trying to install windows 7 ultimate signature edition (Party Pack). First was BSOD half-way through install, second was windows 7 could not see the hard drive. I fixed those problems throughout the day yesterday.

Now I have this problem when I select the Hard Drive in the setup.

Code:
System was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing partition. See the Setup log files for more information
Ive basically got 3 hard drives in my computer:
20GB Quantum Fireball
149GB Maxtor 6G160E0 - The one I would prefer to install on.
149GB ATA ST3160811AS - Partitioned into a 103GB Media Partition and 46GB Unallocated space.

Ive tried installing on each partition/hard drive, but everytime I get the same message. Ive also tried formatting al the hardrives via gParted (Live CD) and Win 7 formatter.

Please help!!! I would really like to host my windows 7 party, but without windows 7 it wouldnt really work.

______________________________________________________________________
EDIT: Ive managed to fix this problem by doing the following:
1) Format to NTFS in gParted
2) Try to install on the hard drive in Win 7 setup - recieve error message
3) Format partition 2 times
4) Delete partition
5) Create new partition
6) Install works =/

Is this just a fluke, or is there a reason? Ill see how far I get before another error.
_____________________________________________________________________

Tim

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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11 Oct 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tjcrazy View Post
Sorry for the bad title =/.

Ive had numerous problems trying to install windows 7 ultimate signature edition (Party Pack). First was BSOD half-way through install, second was windows 7 could not see the hard drive. I fixed those problems throughout the day yesterday.

Now I have this problem when I select the Hard Drive in the setup.

Ive basically got 3 hard drives in my computer:
20GB Quantum Fireball
149GB Maxtor 6G160E0 - The one I would prefer to install on.
149GB ATA ST3160811AS - Partitioned into a 103GB Media Partition and 46GB Unallocated space.

Ive tried installing on each partition/hard drive, but everytime I get the same message. Ive also tried formatting al the hardrives via gParted (Live CD) and Win 7 formatter.

Please help!!! I would really like to host my windows 7 party, but without windows 7 it wouldnt really work.

______________________________________________________________________
EDIT: Ive managed to fix this problem by doing the following:
1) Format to NTFS in gParted
2) Try to install on the hard drive in Win 7 setup - recieve error message
3) Format partition 2 times
4) Delete partition
5) Create new partition
6) Install works =/

Is this just a fluke, or is there a reason? Ill see how far I get before another error.
_____________________________________________________________________

Tim
Hi Tim and welcome to Seven Forums.

For some reference info check this: Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Please fill in your system specs, this will help us to narrow it down, instead of guessing.

There have been installation problems with bad burns to DVD. You have the MS DVD correct? If yes this can hopefully be ruled out.

It might help to un-plug the other HDs, Just keep the one your installing to.
Is the HD your trying to install on a SATA?

There have been some reports of taking out RAM, if you have more than 2GB, that might allow the install to proceed.

Are you dual booting?

Any Over Clocking of the RAM or CPU?

Remove everything not essential to loading Windows 7, from the system. No printers, gamepads, second monitors, scanners, external devices, flash drives etc., keep only the monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Dual Monitors?

Let us know this info and we'll try to help.

Congrats on the signature edition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2009   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Glad you got it to work friend. Let us know if you find out any more information on the diagnostics of the drive. I'm wondering if there was something wrong with the partition information that was throwing it off.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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11 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7/ish
 
 

Well the problem came back, because the install failed and I had to reinstall .
I've copied and pasted the information from that post, I hope it will aid both me and you guys to help me figure out the problem!

Current Operating System, pre-install
Do you have a single OS on your computer, are you planning on multi-booting with this installation?
It is the only OS
Are you multi-booting now?
No
Current Hardware
How many internal hard drives (HD) are connected to your system?

4 Hard Drives - Though 2 of them are tempramental, I have tried installing with only 1 plugged in.
Are they IDE or SATA?
1 IDE, 3 SATA
How many DVD drives are connected to your system?
1, IDE
Any external HDs used?
Yes, but have tried installing with the External HD unplugged
Are they connected by USB or eSATA?
USB
Check Disk Management for any HDs listed with a yellow triangle and explanation point?
Cant do this, its not installed =p
Is this a New Clean HD?
No
Have you pre-formatted the HD?
yes, numerous times
Windows 7 installation details
Which build number and version of Windows 7 are you installing?
Not sure which build. Its windows 7 ultimate, signature edition
Are you installing a 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) OS?
32
Where did you get the ISO file from?
Didnt, got the DVD from MS
Installation Media
Using a USB memory key?
From another partition or hard disk?
From a DVD?
YES

Other
Any Over Clocking of the RAM or CPU?
Overclocking my 1.66GHz dual-core to 2.66Ghz
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tjcrazy View Post
Well the problem came back, because the install failed and I had to reinstall .
I've copied and pasted the information from that post, I hope it will aid both me and you guys to help me figure out the problem!

How many DVD drives are connected to your system?
1, IDE
Windows 7 installation details
Which build number and version of Windows 7 are you installing?
Not sure which build. Its windows 7 ultimate, signature edition
Are you installing a 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) OS?
32

Installation Media
Using a USB memory key?
From another partition or hard disk?
From a DVD?
YES

Other
Any Over Clocking of the RAM or CPU?
Overclocking my 1.66GHz dual-core to 2.66Ghz
Try it with these changes.

1. One SATA HD connected.
2. Reset your CPU to standard settings, you can overclock it after the install is complete.
3. If your RAM is overclocked reset it as well.

How much RAM do you have installed?
If more than 2GB, take some out until you have max 2GB left.

If the above doesn't work run a memory check and hard disk check from a rescue CD if you have one.

If these adjustments don't help, try using the USB key to install with, might be a DVD drive issue. Or, try another DVD drive if you have access to one.

What graphics card do you have?

Let us know your progress or lack of,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7/ish
 
 

EDIT:
Now it can see the Hard Drive (Just refreshed it), and started the installation. I left it, and when it restarted (during install) it got the the Windows Loader Screen, said there was an error and I needed to use the repair on the CD. I tried that, bu the CD repair cannot find my OS installation.

Interesting, Ive taken out a GB of RAM to reduce RAM to 2GB. I also reset CPU to default speed. This did nothing.
I unplugged all the other Hard Drives, and now the setup cannot find my Hard Drive. I've got no drivers for it either.
The thing is, it could see it before. And the MB can see it. =/
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tjcrazy View Post
EDIT:
Now it can see the Hard Drive (Just refreshed it), and started the installation. I left it, and when it restarted (during install) it got the the Windows Loader Screen, said there was an error and I needed to use the repair on the CD. I tried that, bu the CD repair cannot find my OS installation.

Interesting, Ive taken out a GB of RAM to reduce RAM to 2GB. I also reset CPU to default speed. This did nothing.
I unplugged all the other Hard Drives, and now the setup cannot find my Hard Drive. I've got no drivers for it either.
The thing is, it could see it before. And the MB can see it. =/
At least progress has been made.

Try this method to get to Device Manager from Installation:

How to Access Device Manager During the Installation of Windows 7

Start from the 'Now for Safe Mode:' section, see if you can find the culprit.

Check for any yellow triangles.

We're getting closer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tjcrazy View Post
EDIT:
Now it can see the Hard Drive (Just refreshed it), and started the installation. I left it, and when it restarted (during install) it got the the Windows Loader Screen, said there was an error and I needed to use the repair on the CD. I tried that, bu the CD repair cannot find my OS installation.

Interesting, Ive taken out a GB of RAM to reduce RAM to 2GB. I also reset CPU to default speed. This did nothing.
I unplugged all the other Hard Drives, and now the setup cannot find my Hard Drive. I've got no drivers for it either.
The thing is, it could see it before. And the MB can see it. =/
Is your rig an OEM or self built?

Check your RAM voltage requirements and what the MOBO is giving it.

Have you updated your BIOS?

What setting for AHCI/Raid/IDE in BIOS?

If all the above fails, try a different hard drive.

Let us know your progress, if any.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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