100% Solved:Setup was Unable to Create a New System Partition

 

In this post, we will see how to solve the error

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition see the setup log files for more information

This error message setup was unable to create a new system partition. Happens quite often when you install Windows system using a USB drive.This error is basically hardware dependent and depends on your motherboard USB interface USB stick using for installing the OS and the version of Windows. Broadly the main result of this error is windows cannot identify the disc on which it should install the system partition.

We will show you four methods to solve this error

  1. Remove Unwanted Storage Devices
  2. Remove and Reinsert USB Pen Drive
  3. Use a Generic USB 2.0 Pen Drive
  4. Installing Windows Directly from Hard Disk
Method 1 Remove Unwanted Storage Devices

To make it easy for Windows for identifying the disc. Remove all the additional storage devices like SD Card, Internal External Hard Disk, USB Drives. Only keep the devices that are required for installing the OS. That is your USB pen drive and the drive in which you’re installing Windows. After doing that Windows should be able to identify your disk properly for installation of the system partition. If this method doesn’t work now let’s start with method two.

Method 2 Remove and Reinsert USB Pen Drive

In this step remove the USB pen drive when you receive the error message

  1. Click the cross icon it will ask you to confirm whether you want to close the windows installation click on yes
  2. Start the installation from beginning by clicking on install now
  3. At this stage, you might receive an error indicating the medium is not present just ignore that error and click okay
  4. Click I accept agreement click on next
  5. Select custom installation and now reinsert the USB pen drive
  6. Click on next at this stage you shouldn’t receive the error message any longer

Windows installation should continue normally if it still doesn’t work then it means that the USB drive is not compatible to install Windows. So let’s head to method three

Method 3 Use a Generic USB 2.0 Pen Drive

Use a USB drive which is generic and is a USB 2.0 device .Any non-branded USB pen drive no Kingston no SanDisk. Any cheap generic USB 2.0 device and reinstall the windows setup on it then try again using that.If this method also didn’t work then we’re left with just one option. So let’s head to method four installing windows directly from hard disk.

Method 4 Installing Windows Directly from Hard Disk

It’s not that difficult I’ll show you step-by-step how it is done so follow me

  1. Click the cross icon it will ask you to confirm whether you want to close the windows installation click on yes
  2. Click on repair your computer now it will search for Windows installation which it won’t find
  3. Select use recovery tools and click next
  4. Select command prompt now
Create partition for Windows Installation
  1. Type diskpart and press enter.
  2. Type list disc note the disk in which windows is required to be installed(Caution: be very careful at this stage because next we’re going to format that disk so if you accidentally select the wrong disc your data might get deletedpress enter
  3. Type select disk 0 (or whatever is your disk number of your windows installation disk ) press enter
  4. Type clean (Caution: This command will erase the entire disk proceed only if you know what you are doingpress enter
  5. Create a 5 GB partition for saving the installation files Type create partition primary size=5000 and press enter
  6. Type select partition 1 and press enter
  7. Type active and press enter this will make the partition bootable
  8. Let us format the partition with NTFS files system type format fs=ntfs quick and press enter
  9. To assign the partition a drive letter type assign and press enter
  10. Type list volume and press enter this will list down all the drives that are currently loaded in the system we will use it later.
  11.  type exit and press enter

Identify the drive letter for your windows installation medium in my case it is d: and the drive letter for your newly created partition in my case it is c:. Change the below-mentioned commands accordingly.

Copy the installation files to the newly created partition
  1. Type d: and press enter (windows installation medium)
  2. Type xcopy d: c: /e /h /k and press enter
  3. After the copying finishes around 15 minutes depending on the speed of installation medium
  4. Type exit
  5. Remove the windows installation medium ie usb drive or cd
  6. Click restart

After this process you should now able to boot into windows setup using your hard disk itself and the error setup was unable to create a new system partition  should no longer be coming.

Remove Windows Setup Entry from the Windows Boot Manager

After completing the windows installation we will remove the windows setup from the boot manager menu as it is no longer needed.

  1. Click on Start type in cmd
  2. Right click on the search result and select run as administrator
  3. Type bcdedit and press enter
  4. Locate the boot entry with description value Windows Setup note it’s identifier value in my case it is {default}
  5. Type bcdedit /delete {default} and press enter

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11 thoughts on “100% Solved:Setup was Unable to Create a New System Partition

  • March 9, 2016 at 1:45 am
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    I’ve been trying to solve that for 3-4 hrs, tried 2 different pendrives, win10, win7 etc..

    Method 4 (Installing Windows Directly from Hard Disk) worked for me, thanks!

  • April 20, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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    Hey, I did as you said in method 4, however when i try to put D: command it gives me syntax error. Maybe im missing something? Thanks in advance.

  • June 10, 2016 at 2:14 pm
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    I was going to try Option nr 4. But when im in command prompt and type “list disk”, i get an error that “list” is no recognized as an internal or external command. What can i do?

    • June 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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      When i try “select disk 0”, (i checked what it was), it says the same about the command “select”.. Can’t type in anything. List or Select is not a command it says.

      • June 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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        Yes Thomas I just checked my write up. I have missed the first command diskpart will make the changes. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • July 6, 2016 at 9:08 am
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    hi idk how and why but when i typed xcopy d: e: /e /h /k it stated that xcopy is not recognized as an internal or external command.

    pls help thank youu!

    • July 8, 2016 at 4:58 am
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      Hi Laurise type these commands
      cd X:\sources
      X:
      and then try
      xcopy d: e: /e /h /k

  • July 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm
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    Hi, after using method 4 I was able to install it, it was tedius because I had a linux installed as well, and I only want windows for Itunes and stuff like that. Question, everytime I go to partition C (System) it looks like it has the setup setup on it, like when you enter a DVD installation, and you go to my pc and you see that icon that is a setup. When I go to C drive I also see that all the setup files are there, how can I delete them safely so I don’t see Partition C as a setup drive? and only as the system drive

    Thanks

    • July 28, 2016 at 5:50 am
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      You should see a file named autorun.inf in the C: drive. Delete the file to restore the original icon.

  • September 2, 2016 at 7:17 am
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    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx man,,you are a life saver

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