Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: windows 7 can't create/locate a system partition

04 Jun 2009   #11
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

20 gigs is a little small, what size is the hard disk? Would recommend at least 40 gig.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
04 Jun 2009   #12
Kehool

windows XP
 
 

oh the hard disk has plenty room
the size of the boot partition doesn't really matter as long as i have it separated from the rest

the setup doesn't work any better with a 40GB partition tho
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2009   #13
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Well, if you can make a 40gig partition for 7, then thats what we'll do.

1. with the hard drive that you want to install 7 on connected to the PC while running XP, go to disk management (right click Computer, and choose manage, from the left plane choose disk management).

2. Right click on the hard drive partitions and choose delete.
Delete all partitions on the disk that your installing 7 on.
Added: Make sure its the right disk, it should Not Be disk 0.

3. Then Right click on the empty space and choose make partition.

4. the partiton wizard will open, for partition type, choose "primary" then click next.

5. the next page should be were you dedicate the space, in your case to make a 40 gig partition you want to enter "40960". By entering 40960 you will make an exact 40gig partition when it gets formated later on. Click next when done.

6. The next page should be drive letter, choose do not assign drive letter, then next.

7. this step should be format, choose not to format. then click ok.

Let me know how you make out when done.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

04 Jun 2009   #14
Kehool

windows XP
 
 

i'm sorry but there's no XP install left on my system
it is currently completely OS free
if the only solution is to install XP first reformat the drive properly and then reinstall win 7 then i will try that tomorrow
unfortunately i don't have a working floppy drive so a dos format doesn't work for me either
i was experimenting with this hp tool HP Drive Key Boot Utility - HP Business Support Center
to reformat the drives from a usb stick without an OS with no success so far

i'm beginning to suspect it is an issue with my sata drives as the setup would initially start from an old IDE drive
a bit into the installation i got a BSOD tho so it may be this HD is damaged

unfortunately i don't have any working IDE drives left to verify this :/
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2009   #15
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

You said you have xp on it, that its the os your typing on right now???
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2009   #16
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Is there any way you can connect the hard drive to the system your using to type here?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2009   #17
Kehool

windows XP
 
 

no this OS is on another machine
and it happens to be a notebook so swapping drives won't work either :/
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2009   #18
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Well, that kinda makes it a little harder and I'm not sure how to set up the disk from a windows 7 DVD yet. I've not yet had to set up a disk from the windows 7 dvd.

When your running the install where does it stop?
Have you disconnected every thing, but the power, keyboard, mouse and monitor?

Sorry, thought you had XP running on it. Not sure if this will help, but take a look in the tutorial section here and maybe you'll see something that will help.

Clean Install Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2009   #19
Kehool

windows XP
 
 

yes i tried unplugging everything save for the screen and keyboard

even the mouse as it's a usb one and i heard some people had issues with usb deviced being connected during installation

on an sata drive the setup doesn't even start
i'm stuck at the screen that lists my drives in order to choose one for win7 and when i try to i get the error message in the topic title
the (apparently damaged)IDE drive got to a point where the win7 setup was about to copy files to it then it crashed
it's getting late here so i'll try to format the hard drive properly at a friends tomorrow (and even try to install it.. i know the install won't work here due to driver incompatibility but it's worth a try) and then i'll check back here

thank you for all the help so far!
it's really appreciated

good night
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2009   #20
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Looking at the tutorial, step 7 click on advanced, then I would highlight all the partitions on your disk and click delete. Then click new, and set up the 40gig primary partition. After you see the partition highlight it and click format, then continue with the install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 windows 7 can't create/locate a system partition




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Install error: Unable to create new system partition or locate....
Hi all. I know this is a 'common' problem. I've just spend the last 3 hours scouring web sites on this issue, but the solutions suggested so far haven't worked, or it may be that the one thing I'm leaving out is actually required. I have the Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Upgrade. I also have a GRUB...
Installation & Setup
"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate existing"
Last night after 8 hours of toil, I finally completed a clean install using a usb drive on my asus ux32vd using the brand new SSD drive I had just bought. The reason it took so long was I kept getting this error -> "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system...
Installation & Setup
Unable to create/locate system partition.. Dual boot
I need to dual boot both 64 and 32bit windows 7.. I have a device that just will not work on 64bit.. So, I'm trying to put a 32bit install on a 50gb partition of one of my disks. However, when I go to select the partition, the install says Windows was unable to create a system partition or...
Installation & Setup
Windows 7 installer unable to create/locate new system partition
Hi, I have been trying to install windows 7 on my hd and initially started with ubuntu on partition 1 then resized partition to leave unallocated space for windows 7. Now I am installing windows 7 from cd and can't get past 'where do you want to install Windows' page because of error stated...
Installation & Setup
Setup unable to create a new partition or locate an existing partition
I bought a fairly new eMachines E528-2325 from a friend. before buying he decided to use DBAN 2.2.6 to wipe Windows 7 and install Ubuntu 11.04, after buying i requested him to reinstall Windows 7 using usb, so he again used DBAN to wipe the computer. Upon trying to install windows he got the error...
Installation & Setup
Unable to create/locate partition
I have two identical sata drives. They were previously configured at raid 0 so reset and removed the raid config in my bios. I have a Asus p5wd2 Premium mobo. When I try to install I get this error message "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate existing system ...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:28.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App