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


01 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 7000; Windows XP Pro SP3
 
 
Setup was unable to create a new system Partition

I'm trying to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 onto my brand new mSATA SSD. I keep getting the same error "Setup was unable to create a new system Partition".

My Specs are as follows: Intel® NUC Kit DC3217IYE

Integrated Board: D33217GKE
mSATA M500 Crucial 240gb SSD
Intel® Core™ i3 3217U Processor (1.8 GHz, Dual Core processor with 3 MB smart cache)

Install methods:

Install via USB stick as the NUC has no CD Drive and I have no externals around
1) Install to the USB via Windows Tool
2) Install to the USB via Rufus

Methods I've tried:

1) Letting Windows Setup configure everything for me.
(Try to install on an unallocated space,
Try to install after creating a new partition,
Try to install after formatting the partition created before)

2) Create a new partition via DiskPart:
DiskPart <ENTER>
list disk <ENTER>
select disk 0 <ENTER>
clean <ENTER> (Also tried Clean All)
create partition primary align=1024 <ENTER>
format fs=ntfs <ENTER> (Will Take a While)
assign <ENTER>
active <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>

3)Tried to follow SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

4) Tried to follow Clean Install Windows 7

5) Tried to follow Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive (HOWEVER, I do not have "SATA OPERATION change to AHCI from ISRT") All I have is AHCI and IDE

6) I tried turning UEFI off and booting legacy

7) I've tried having the SATA drive in AHCI and IDE

8)Tried 2 different ISO's (Both from MS, on was Windows 7 Proff x86 and the other was Windows 7 Ultimate x64)

9)I Used this thread as reference but still to no avail Setup was unable to create a new system partition

Does anyone have any ideas I could try?

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01 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

After reading your OP I still don't know what it is your trying to do. Install a fresh copy of Windows 7, write an image made from a previous OS partition reinstall from a recovery? Maybe you should also list all of the steps you have gone through thus far so that someone could see if there is a place you missed something.
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01 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 7000; Windows XP Pro SP3
 
 

Simply, install windows 7 on a brand new SSD. No backups, no saved images. Just a totally fresh copy on a totally fresh SSD
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01 May 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
format fs=ntfs <ENTER> (Will Take a While)
I recommend you use format fs=ntfs quick or format fs=ntfs /q - that will be fast.

Then you have to direct the installer to that partition. If you don't do that, the installer finds no space on the SSD because it is all taken by the partition you just defined. All it can do is put the bootmgr into your partition because it is active. But else you did everything right.
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01 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

More tutorials

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Clean Install Windows 7

What do you see when you get to step 7 of the Clean Install Windows 7 tutorial ?

Does it show the partition you made of the entire ssd ?

It should look like this, but with your partition and not unallocated space.


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01 May 2014   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bambi View Post
So after spending hours trawling the site to install a fresh copy of Windows 7
there are the specs:
Intel® NUC Kit DC3217IYE

Integrated Board: D33217GKE
mSATA M500 Crucial 240gb SSD
Intel® Core™ i3 3217U Processor (1.8 GHz, Dual Core processor with 3 MB smart cache)

I'm guessing something like this would help with that drive,

Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive
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01 May 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Good catch, Derek.

Let us know if changing the SATA controller from IRST to AHCI and then cleaning the drive works, per the tutorial.

If not here are other steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

There is really no need to create on your own the System Reserved partition. If you want it then use the Drive Options to create and format your partition(s):

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02 May 2014   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I've tried creating a System Reserved partition first and then both a primary active partition and an unallocated partition.


Greg is correct, you do not make a system reserved partition on your own, windows creates it for you when you do not make a pre defined partition, which you say you`ve done, and you can`t create an unallocated partition.
unallocated space is just that, space that hasn`t been defined yet.

Try again and this time just delete any partitions you made so it looks exactly like the picture in step 7, your ssd will of course show a different size in GB, after you have all un allocated space just click next, the install dvd will take care of everything including alignment etc. You can always break the drive up into 2 partitions if you want using Partition Wizard, after the install.
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02 May 2014   #9

Windows 7 7000; Windows XP Pro SP3
 
 

Urghh that moment when you have a lovely formatted post and you close the tab by mistake :/ Lets try again

Post #4: I've tried doing a quick format via Diskpart and pointing the setup at that partition but still the same error
Post #5: I see the same as your screenshot but rather than Unallocated, it has my partition. Clicking next produces the same error
Post #6: I've tried to follow that as best I could but as I noted above in my first post, I do only have access to AHCI or IDE
Post #7: In that link I do see some UEFI options in the BIOS. I've tried turning it off and booting legacy but that doesn't help. If I turn it on and try to follow that tutorial I run into problems with Rufus, installing Windows 7 setup onto the Usb stick. I'm at work now and can't quite remember the error but it wouldn't let me is all i can remember.
Post #8: As the first post, I've tried doing that and it still doesn't work
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02 May 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I hate when that happens LOL

OK try putting the iso on the flash drive with this tool, it`s never failed me. Let it run, let it finish

http://bootableusb.net/wintobootic-b...ndows-vista78/


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