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Windows 7: Setup was unable to create a new system partition (NEW SSD)

31 May 2014   #1
iroy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Setup was unable to create a new system partition (NEW SSD)

Hello

I'm trying to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 onto my brand new Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD. I keep getting 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".

I am trying to install Windows 7 x64bit Ultimate version via a USB (plugged into USB 2.0) the image was tested on another computer and found to work.

Methods I have attempted from reading other threads:

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)

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 quick <ENTER>
assign <ENTER>
active <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>

I've tried having the SATA drive settings in AHCI and IDE mode as well as IDE compatibility mode

Have attempted to plug into SATA 3.0_0 and SATA 3.0_1 on the motherboard.

Have unplugged ALL other drives including the DVD drive.

Attempted to install Windows with the SSD plugged into another computer

Bios can see the SSD as well as read/write create partitions etc, and as mentioned this is a brand new SSD


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31 May 2014   #2
cyanna

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

googling around found this:

Quote:
When you see the error – remove the flash drive from the computer
Press exit (red cross in the top right corner)
Start installation from the beginning (without reboot)
After selecting Windows 7 edition you will get new error
Press OK in error window, you will be redirected to installation main menu
Insert your USB Flash drive in to the computer
Install windows
(credit to [Fix] Error during installing Windows 7 from USB (Setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition.) | Druss Blog)
Can't hurt to try....
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31 May 2014   #3
iroy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

Thank you for your reply, unfortunately this did not solve the error, (got stuck in a new loop regarding not having an installation disk/driver errors)

As a new idea I burnt the image to a DVD and encounter the same error

In the end I installed a windows 8.1 image and that worked with no problems, just didn't like Win7 for some reason!

Thanks for the help anyway
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07 Oct 2014   #4
asendic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Likely the USB you are trying to boot from...

I too had this issue pop up and was able to narrow down the problem.

After some 100+ successful installs of the same image booting from USB, I recently got a new computer at work when suddenly I was getting this error. Again, I already knew the image I was using was good. BUT the USB stick I was using (Kingston DT R3.0 G2) was brand new (never used to install a system).

I spent hours doing just what you did changing every setting I could, manually formatting and partitioning the drive, remove the USB at random places during the install, turned off ahci for SATA, etc.... because surely the problem isn't the USB drive... Finally in a last ditch effort I simply grabbed a generic 30GB micro center USB stick I had lying around and loaded up the bootable image. Tried it. It worked. (NOTE: I reset my MoBo settings and deleted the partitions using the windows install manager before trying the generic USB stick... just to make sure I did not "accidentally" solve my problem without knowing what the problem was)

I am fairly confident that this issue is a "bug" relating to the compatibility of Windows 7 and newer USB 3.0 sticks.... BUT I have seen people having the same problem with windows 8. If all else fails, try another USB brand to install from (generic is best?).
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26 Nov 2014   #5
Defcon2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by asendic View Post
I too had this issue pop up and was able to narrow down the problem.

After some 100+ successful installs of the same image booting from USB, I recently got a new computer at work when suddenly I was getting this error. Again, I already knew the image I was using was good. BUT the USB stick I was using (Kingston DT R3.0 G2) was brand new (never used to install a system).

I spent hours doing just what you did changing every setting I could, manually formatting and partitioning the drive, remove the USB at random places during the install, turned off ahci for SATA, etc.... because surely the problem isn't the USB drive... Finally in a last ditch effort I simply grabbed a generic 30GB micro center USB stick I had lying around and loaded up the bootable image. Tried it. It worked. (NOTE: I reset my MoBo settings and deleted the partitions using the windows install manager before trying the generic USB stick... just to make sure I did not "accidentally" solve my problem without knowing what the problem was)

I am fairly confident that this issue is a "bug" relating to the compatibility of Windows 7 and newer USB 3.0 sticks.... BUT I have seen people having the same problem with windows 8. If all else fails, try another USB brand to install from (generic is best?).

Exactly.....
Was trying the same with a new bootable USB 3 16 GB stick. No chance. Got the error over and over.
Made a bootable older SanDisk 4GB (probably USB 2) and copied all my win7 home prem. setup-files and THERE WE GO!!!
Strange.
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06 Feb 2015   #6
ctgarvey

win 7X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by asendic View Post
I too had this issue pop up and was able to narrow down the problem.

After some 100+ successful installs of the same image booting from USB, I recently got a new computer at work when suddenly I was getting this error. Again, I already knew the image I was using was good. BUT the USB stick I was using (Kingston DT R3.0 G2) was brand new (never used to install a system).

I spent hours doing just what you did changing every setting I could, manually formatting and partitioning the drive, remove the USB at random places during the install, turned off ahci for SATA, etc.... because surely the problem isn't the USB drive... Finally in a last ditch effort I simply grabbed a generic 30GB micro center USB stick I had lying around and loaded up the bootable image. Tried it. It worked. (NOTE: I reset my MoBo settings and deleted the partitions using the windows install manager before trying the generic USB stick... just to make sure I did not "accidentally" solve my problem without knowing what the problem was)

I am fairly confident that this issue is a "bug" relating to the compatibility of Windows 7 and newer USB 3.0 sticks.... BUT I have seen people having the same problem with windows 8. If all else fails, try another USB brand to install from (generic is best?).
Thank you so much Ascendic. I had the exact same issue, and was at sea with clueless Dell support. when i stopped using kingston dtr3.0 g2 64Gb USB, and used a cheapo generic noname 4Gb usb stick, everything worked. I never would have copped that. Thanks again
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24 Feb 2015   #7
FenrisWolf

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I was having the same problem but I discovered that I hadn't set my USB as the primary boot device. After I did that it was all good to go. And the USB drive is a brand new SanDisk.
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31 Mar 2015   #8
slacka

Windows 7
 
 

asendic's solution worked for me too. When I switched from a USB 3.0 to older USB 2.0 stick, the error message went away and I was able to successfully install Windows 7.
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