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Can't install WIN7. setup was unable to create new system partition

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  • Hi
    I would like very much to test WIN7, but I want to keep my XP PRO running.

    I read that I can install WIN7 as a dual boot on a different partion.

    I am running a Q9450 with 4GB RAM
    1 system 500GB SATA disk
    1 media 1.5T SATA disk

    I have tried the CUSTOM option in order to keep my XP running.
    I have tried to install WIN7 on one of my system partions and also on the other 1.5T disk.

    In all cases I am getting an error message that setup was unable to create new system partition and I can't install..

    All disks are NTFS.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks!
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:35 AM

Answers

  • Hi

    I can't complete delete my F 1.5TB drive. I have some stuff on it.

    I'll try to look for a program to split my F drive.

    Thanks!

    Thursday, February 05, 2009 12:33 PM

All replies

  • Just a thought (I haven't encountered this error myself)

    Have you tried un-allocating the space that the partition is located on (by deleting the partition), then allowing Win7 to re-allocate the space and designate it as a System partition?
    - John
    • Proposed as answer by milo499 Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:21 PM
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 1:14 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi
    Thanks for your reply.
    I have tried that already and it didn't help
    Also, I have tried to format the partion from SETUP and it didn't work too..
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 6:08 PM
  • Hi

    Why you try to set partition from W7 setup, but not prepari it from win xp and then to install on it?

    Whay you mean one of my system drives? If you have only one win xp installed you must have just one system drive.

    Is this means volume is spread over fiew HDDs?
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 7:28 PM
  • Hi
    I have 2 disks on my PC

    The 1st disk is a 500GB disk, split to 3 partions (Drives C D E)
    The 2nd disk is 1.5TB disk, no partions (drive F)

    Partion C has XP on it and I want to keep it that way.
    I want to have a dual boot and test WIN7.

    Partion E in empty and has around free 120GB

    Partion F has more the 1TB of free space.

    I can't install WIN 7 not on E or F
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 7:45 PM
  • But why? What happen?

    Cannot you just point W7 to install on F as is, without to do anything with partition?
    • Proposed as answer by milo499 Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:22 AM
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 8:41 PM
  • Hi

    No I can't..

    If I point to partion E or F I am getting this message:

    setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition
    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 5:37 AM
  • I opened this thread here because I encountered the same problem, but in my case after I tried to do a start from scratch, deleting my old Win 7 partition (which first installed fine).
    Can you give some more informations on your setup? Which hardware platform are you using (which chipset), SATA or IDE, which drive mode (eg. AHCI)? Maybe we can track down this problem.

    Windows 7 x64 - Gigabyte EP-45-DS3 (Intel P45 chip set), 4GB RAM, ATI 4670
    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 1:48 PM
  • Sasi4x said:

    Hi

    No I can't..

    If I point to partion E or F I am getting this message:

    setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition



    Maybe this is problem related to your MB.

    What is your MB moddel? Did you have installed latest bios for this MB?

    Try to create 50GB NTFS primary partition of the begining of 1.5TB drive and install W7 on it
    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 3:23 PM
  • Sasi4x said:

    Hi
    I would like very much to test WIN7, but I want to keep my XP PRO running.

    I read that I can install WIN7 as a dual boot on a different partion.

    I am running a Q9450 with 4GB RAM
    1 system 500GB SATA disk
    1 media 1.5T SATA disk

    I have tried the CUSTOM option in order to keep my XP running.
    I have tried to install WIN7 on one of my system partions and also on the other 1.5T disk.

    In all cases I am getting an error message that setup was unable to create new system partition and I can't install..

    All disks are NTFS.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks!

    Boot XP. Reduce the size of your XP partition by 25 GB or so. In the resulting unallocated space, create a new partition, format as NTSF, and assign it an unused drive letter. Reboot, and verify that you can see the new partition in "my computer". With XP running and connected to the internet, insert your DVD. When it opens, choose install, clean install. It will show your drives/partitions and ask you to select the partition you want to install into. Make that selection. After downloading some updates, it will indicate that it must reboot to continue the installation in your selected partition. Follow through. When the installation completes, you will be set up to dual boot XP and Win7.

    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 5:02 PM
  • I t appears the boot disk is missing drivers.
    Can you try this out please.

    Could you do a media boot
    (a) run setup
    (b) go through the pages.
    (c) Choose custom option
    (d) ON the disk config page that follows - determine if you can see both the disks.

    If you see only one disk - please DO NOT INSTALL yet.
    What might be happening , is the boot disk in the case which has XP on it may be missing some drivers.
    On this page, there is a "load driver" button that you could click and you wil need to provide a path to the drivers for the disk controller that can't be seen.

    Once you fix that, you can realunch setup with your initial steps and that ought to get you past the point of failure.
    Please let us know if that worked.
    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 6:41 PM
  • Hi all
    Thanks for your replies.

    I am using the Gigabyte EP35-DS3R board.  BIOS is V3 from 16/7/2008
    Both disks are SATA2 disks.

    Smitha Reddy[MSFT], I can see all my disks when I lunch SETUP, booting from the DVD. I can't install WIN7 as I wrote before.

    mel77084, Why do you think I need to reduce my C drive? How can I do it??
     
    I have an EMPTY E drive, tried both with or without assinging a drive letter (trued as unalocated space too)

    Ventsislav Alexandriyski, My F 1.5TB disk is a primary disk with lots of free space. I have there only some media. No programs are installed


    The only place SETUP is willing to run is if I choose my C drive, but then I am getting a message that my XP will be renamed to WINDOWS.old, data will not be lost, but it will not sunction as OS anymore.

    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 8:25 PM
  • OK try what I suggest you:


    You must know that everithing have some limit especially if we talk about 32 OS! ( I suppose youtry w7 32bit )

    This is why I suggestd you to:

    "Try to create 50GB NTFS primary partition of the begining of 1.5TB drive and install W7 on it ."

    I am almost sure if you follow my suggestion setup will have no problem
    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 9:15 PM
  • Hi
    I'll be glad to try it.
    How do I create this 50GB primary partion at the begining of my 1.5TB drive?

    Thanks

    Thursday, February 05, 2009 8:25 AM
  • In XP? You delete the existing partition and create 2 new ones.......
    Are the previous partitions primary? W7 will not install if not. Is C: the only active partition?

    OT: do yourself a favour and do not leave a partition of 1.5 TB anwhere on our system. Anything above 500GB makes data loss a true disaster and backups/defrag/virus checks take forever. 

    OT2: W7 will re-letter the partitons (it's own partition will be C:, other letters might or might not change). To avoid confusion label all partitions (XP, data, backups, movies what have you, just give them a name)

    cyanna
    Thursday, February 05, 2009 8:57 AM
  • There may be a log file.  In my case I found it in something like c:\windows\panther\logs\something.xml.  Have a hunt around and you might get lucky.
    Thursday, February 05, 2009 9:09 AM
  • Sasi4x said:

    Hi
    I'll be glad to try it.
    How do I create this 50GB primary partion at the begining of my 1.5TB drive?

    Thanks



    Use some software that dial with partitions like partition magic



    It is always good idea to backup all important data befor to do partition changes
    Thursday, February 05, 2009 9:11 AM
  • Hi

    I can't complete delete my F 1.5TB drive. I have some stuff on it.

    I'll try to look for a program to split my F drive.

    Thanks!

    Thursday, February 05, 2009 12:33 PM
  • I know you want to keep your existing data and partition magic will do the job
    Thursday, February 05, 2009 2:37 PM
  • Hi
    I can't find Partion Magic. Are there any other free programs?
    As this is  only for testing WIN7 I don't want to spend money on other programs
    Thanks
    • Proposed as answer by milo499 Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:39 PM
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 4:09 PM
  • At the W7 partition screen, try ejecting the W7 Dvd from the drive and reinserting it.   I know this is wierd but give it a try...It worked for me.

    The Story: When I was installing my RAID partition I had to load my raid drivers and was using a USB stick...but was getting that error once the partition became visible.  I then tried burning my RAID drivers to another disk - which required me to eject the W7 dvd from the drive to load my drivers.  Once the partition became visible (with the error), I ejected my driver disc and re-inserted the W7 dvd. it spun up for a few seconds and the error went away.

    Its always the solution you'd never expect that works....

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:26 PM
  • JKdefrag.....


    cyanna
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:18 PM
  • You can use disk manager from windows administrative tools to shrink partition and then to create new partition.

    Shrink function preserves existing data on partition.

    To open disk manager, right click on my computer and then click manage
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9:43 PM
  • You can also use gparted, the Gnu Partition Editor.  It's available from SourceForge.
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9:57 PM
  • Hi all
    old_newbie - thanks but it did not work for me..

    Ventsislav Alexandriyski - I think this shrink oprion is in VISTA. I am in XP now and I couldn't find this shrink option.

    bnborg - This  program has almost delete my disks.. probably my mistake

    I would like ot thank you all for your time but I think I will let go for this testing for now. Too risky for me to loose my data.

    I will wait..

    Thanks you all!

    Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:57 PM
  •  

     

    My Experience of Win 7 Loading

     

    1)     Assembled a new PC ( C2D  2.66Gigs ; 4 GB DDR2 , 800Mhz ; 250 GB HDD, Intel MoBo DG 43 NB ) ,tossed the Win 7  CD  in to the drive. Loading went on smoothly , I only had to type the  ‘ Window 7 Beta 32 bit Product key ‘ .

    2)     Put the MoBo driver CD in to the drive . Most of the Drivers failed to install..Then I tried to install only the chipset driver .and got the indication ‘ OS not Compatible ‘.

    3)     So installed Win XP-Pro in C: .During the installation did formatting of C: After that loading of the MoBo drivers were automatic and smooth.

    4)     Then installed Win 7 in the 2nd partition. ( Original D: partition will be shown as C: now.) ie Win 7 is installed in C: as shown but actually it is the original D: partition )

    5)     Installation of Win 7 was smooth , I had to type the ‘ Window 7 Beta 32 bit Product key ‘.obtained from MS. During the installation Rebooting , removed the Win 7 installation CD from the drive. After the installation was complete , rebooted the computer and found the opening screen displaying the choice of 2 OSs as

                     

                                                    Earlier version of Window

                                                        Win 7

    Chose Win 7 & it booted successfully. Loaded AVG and Adobe 8 from a CD ( programs down loaded earlier  and stored in a CD ).

    Created a Wireless Network connection manually. I only had to insert the encryptation  key used by me. Tried to connect to Net but failed, but selected the option for Window to repair it. Voila , window did the repair & it connected to Net through my wireless router.

    6)     Using Acronis made an image of this partition ( it is 2.49 GB with Maxi compression ) , stored it in the last partition (  in Win 7 , it is shown as D: , but it is originally the E: partition). The partition where XP is loaded is not not visible..  I need not see this as long as I am in Win 7 as I have directed ‘ My Documents’ of the XP to E: which can be read  in Win 7 as well. My HDD is divided in to 3 partitions C:, D:, E:

    7)     Created an Image backup of C: through Control Panel using Win 7. It created one file of 259 MB and another folder ‘ Window Image Backup’. On internet Explorer it shows size zero , ‘ Contents can not be read’. But on HDD it has a size of 17.65 GB ?? . I am surprised what is it ??. It took 15 minute to create this Image Backup.

    8)     Switched of the computer and alternatively booted to both the OSs ( Win XP-Pro & Win 7 ) turn by turn and found both are operating well.

    9)     So I have a Dual Boot system with XP-Pro in the 1st Partition , Win 7 in the 2nd and Datas in the 3rd .

    10) In Win 7 , Device Manager the following are shown Yellow

    a)     PCI Simple communication Controller

    b)     SM Bus controller

    It indicated drivers of these not loaded. Effort to ‘Update Driver ‘ from Win 7 and Net failed.

     No extra card is connected to my PCI slots.

    11) In Win 7, tried to load the Driver of my Scanner CanoScan LIDE. It will not load at all .( It works well with my Vista Home Premium and XP )  My HP Printer is not compatible with Vista. But it is  working well with XP.

     

    I hope some part of these experience will be of some use to some people.

    Good luck

    Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:23 AM
  • I had the same problem as u do.
    What i had to do was to dissconnect the disk i wasen´t installing windows 7 to.
    That solved the problem
    • Proposed as answer by Brian Borg Friday, May 01, 2009 11:33 PM
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:48 AM
  • i had this problem.. try this
    boot in bios
    change 1st boot device and pick hard drive you want to install windows7 on
    and voila!
    • Proposed as answer by Brian Borg Wednesday, August 26, 2009 8:26 PM
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2:13 AM
  • Hi

    Thanks for your replies.

    As I need to keep my XP PRO to run as my working OS and WIN7 just for testing I need a working dual boot. That means I need to install WIN7 on a regular working mode to be able to switch back to my XP PRO.

    I guess if I disconnect one of my disks or change setup in my BIOS it will work. But this will keep me away from my XP.

    I read that many people installed WIN7 on a different disk/partion and have a dual boot menu at startup. That is what I was hoping to get. It is not working on my side, at least with this beta version.

    Thank you all for your replies.
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:53 AM
  • Dampa,

    Just wanted to say thanks because your solution worked wonderfully!  I had two drives connected, one SATA and one IDE.  I unplugged the IDE drive and was able to continue the load without the above error.

    Thanks again
    Friday, May 01, 2009 10:42 PM
  • Thanks...

    Changing the 1st boot device in the bios did the trick...

    Thursday, May 07, 2009 6:11 AM
  • I had a somewhat same error, as everyone else. I solved it differently. I have IDE and Sata drives in my current setup.

    I fixed it by physically disconnecting every drive I did not want windows 7 to install on... and it worked.

    Hope this helps!
    Friday, May 08, 2009 5:01 PM
  • Guys,  

    Just wanted share my experiences (partly so that other people can avoid the frustration and also so that I can find this response in the future when I have the same problem and can't remember what I did).

    Basically - make sure you disconnect any "external hard drives" you might have - in my case this meant disconnecting my card reader which had a 4gb compact flash card insterted (which the installation thought was another hard drive).

    I'm having other problems with the installation at the moment (down to the files being corrupted while transferring from my harddrive to the USB stick I'm using for the install) but I've got over the "setup can't create..." error.

    Cheers,

    • Proposed as answer by CWarner1974 Sunday, December 27, 2009 3:28 PM
    Sunday, May 10, 2009 2:45 PM
  • I also had the same problem with two hard drives installing windows 7 RC1 64bit.

    The Machine specs were 
    Gigabit Nforce4-A939
    GeForce 9800GT
    Athalon 64 x2
    320GB SATA WD drive
    500GB SATA Samsung drive

    No RAID

    Only the 320GB drive showed in the installer and even after letting the installer nuke all the partitions on that drive, it gave the setup was unable to create a system partition error. The boot order in the BIOS was always listing the 320GB drive first.

    Disconnecting the 500GB drive and trying again worked however.
    Monday, May 11, 2009 3:47 PM
  • Same here!

    Exclamation Setup was unable to create a system partition...

    Incredibly frustrated by a dozen or more attempts at a clean installation of Windows 7 RC1 x64 on a brand new system I just built! Win7 RC1 (x64) simply will NOT install in a RAID 0 configuration on my setup. Each time my installation process stalls with the same message:

    "Setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition."



    I cannot go any further and I am forced to end my installation and the computer reboots. I have the latest Intel ICH10R SATA RAID drivers on a thumbdrive (instead of crappy floppy 'F6' style) and I've tried loading the ICH10R drivers from thumbdrive AND mb maunfacturer's DVD. The partitioned drives are never recognized properly by the Win7 setup apparently. Although the patitions ARE VISIBLE and I can expand the ADVANCED OPTIONS and delete, format, etc., I receive the same error message above and can go no further. No luck with anything I've tried. I've spent hours and hours scouring the net for answers to this issue. Apparently this message is VERY COMMON but no one has a reliable answer at all.

    I have checked, checked and RECHECKED my BIOS settings and have even gone to great lengths to insure that ALL non-essential hardware is disconnected during these install attempts. I have even moved my SATA DVD connection from the ICH10 to onboard Gigaraid SATA controller. The ONLY HDDs installed on the ICH10 are the two velociraptors which are configured by the RAID BIOS and are properly recognized by the system and Win7 installer.


    My system:
    GIGABYTE EX58-EXTREME mb
    Intel i7 920 quad-core processor
    12GB DDR3-tri-channel OCZ ram
    (2) 300 GB WD Velociraptors in RAID 0 configuration
    Samsung SATA DVD burner
    Sapphire HD4870 1GB GDDR5 PCIe GPU
    ((no FDD at all, so using 8GB thumbdrive for F6 drivers))

    All additional drives (WD 1TB eSATA drive and other Raptor drives) are NOT connected at this time to avoid causing conflicts!

    I have recently read posts that indicate there are 2 log files created during each attempt at installing Windows 7. I found them in the following location: X:\windows\panther\ however, there seems to be no usable information contained in these files to aid in troubleshooting this problem.

    Is this a known problem with a workaround, or is M$ even trying to resolve this issue, which is happening to countless individuals trying to perform a clean installation Win 7 RC1 (and Beta build 7000)?

    Thanks in advance for any and all help!
    Brendon

    sidenote: Win7 beta x64 installed and worked great on my old Gigabyte 8i955x Royal system w/ Pentium D (EM64T), 2gb DDR2 and 4 Raptors in Raid 10 using ICH7R controller. That system had a tri-boot configuration that was far more complex than this new system I just built. Perhaps Win7 just doesn't play nicely with certain newest pieces of hardware? I have read about many users successfully installing and using W7 x64 on very similar systems with little to no problems. I'm baffled by this!
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 7:41 AM
  • I'm trying to install W7 64bit and having a million problems.  I have XP on an 80GB SATA hard drive, and also have 2 new 250GB disks that I want to set up as RADI1 and put W7 on there.  I've tried taking the XP disk out and setting up the raid array and doing a clean install on there, but when I try I get the "setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing one"  I have the drivers on a USB stick, and it detects them and everything, but still get the same error.  I have also tried splitting the drives into 2 separate ones, and I still get the same error.  Any help greatly appreciated.

    System
    ASUS P6T SE
    6GB Corsair RAM
    i7 920
    GTX295
    2 EXCELSTOR 250GB SATA2 HDDs
    Generic Sony DVD drive

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 8:58 AM
  • You can't on that motherboard. You'll have to install on one SATA drive (if you have trouble finding the sata drive even in single mode use the SATA driver in the install/AMD64 directory - yes I know your mobo has an intel processor!), then build the array once you're in W7.
    There's a problem with most mobos and RAID: you need PATA RAID drivers and for 64 bit editions of W7 and Vista you also need them to be signed. There's a bunch of moded nvidia raid drivers floating around but none are signed (obviously) and your chipset doesn't support legacy PATA mode for SATA drives anyway (which is what the moded drivers are for)

    cyanna
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 12:47 PM
  • Hi

    I needed to do the same thing.

    I eventually managed it using some third party software (Partition magic by Symantec, which included Bootmagic).

    If you want to try, first back up all your stuff, but not on C: drive! (You may have to re-install XP.)

    Run Partition Magic from the CD/DVD, having booted from a Windows 98 boot floppy disk.  (After setting the boot sequence in the BIOS.)

    Record the exact size of your XP partition then resize it to leave at least 16Gb of free space. If XP no longer boots go back into Partition magic.

    Now resize the XP partition to it's original size and give up installing Windows 7.

    OR:-

    Delete the XP partition then create a new Primary FAT32 partition. Give it a label like WIN XP. Leave a miminimum of 16 Gb of free space after it  In the free space create a primary NTFS partition and label it WIN 7. Set the WIN XP partition active and leave WIN 7 hidden.

    Boot from the Windows XP disk and reinstall windows.

    Install Boot Magic.

    Back in Partition Magic set WIN 7 active and hide WIN XP.

    Boot from the Windows 7 disk and install Windows on the WIN 7 partition.

    If in setup you cannot see any drives you will need to install the browse for and install drivers such as SATA raid drivers, usually on a floppy disk. (I formatted the drive in Disk Options before installing)

    Run Partition Magic for the final time and set WIN XP active then unhide WIN 7.

    Boot into WIN XP and run Boot Magic.

    Setting the boot configuration should be quite logical so I won't insult your intelligence with instructions.

    You should now have the dual boot you require.

    Incidentally Boot Magic allows you the opportunity to have a separate partition for your documents so that they are not lost if
    windows goes belly up, and won't boot (don't trust the "copy partition" to backup C: drive,though,  because for Windows XP or later, when you put the copy back it fails to boot).

    Good Luck
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:52 PM
  • Hey everyone

    I just built this new computer

    AMD Phenom II 955 BE
    Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P
    4GB team elite ram
    3x 500gb sata2 drives
    1x 320gb sata2 drives

    I'm trying to do a fresh install of win7 64bit, and i keep getting this error too, no matter what drive i try installing it on, i've tried deleting my first partitions (not really needed) won't install (on my 500gb), i'm positive i''ve got my 320 gb hdd as first boot preference in bios.

    But the problem is, it wont see my 320 gb hdd, but it will show my other 3 500gb hdd's, and an 8mb partition (on disk 3, which is my media disk, therefore am not wiping it) so i'm out of ideas

    Any help would be heaps appreciated as i really badly wanna use my new system after going without a computer for a month or so

    Marty

    PS: i had previously installed win7 x32 on my old computer, then i just put in my new components and it worked, has it working this morning even, have also tried re using xp (wont install :S)
    Wednesday, July 01, 2009 5:49 AM
  • Do all drives appear correctly in BIOS?
    Are the drives setup as RAID (shouldn't be)?
    Is the disk where you want to install W7 the first boot device?
    Is the partition where you want to install W7 the only active partition?

    Mysteries are not good when working with computers: what is on the 8mb partition? where did that drive come from?
    am at work right now and don't have time to check on your mobo, but google if anybody else has had trouble installing W7 on it......
    cyanna
    Wednesday, July 01, 2009 11:02 AM
  • In another thread, I saw a discussion about newer SATA drives.  Users were having similar problems.

    I think a poster said that some of the newer drives don't act the same way when in IDE, or compatible mode, or something like that.

    I don't remember which forum it was in.  It could have been one of the Windows 7 ones, or Vista or Server.

    If you search for it, you should be able to find it.
    Wednesday, July 01, 2009 8:05 PM
  • I just had this problem myself and finally got it to work after alot of tries.

    First i removed the disk i needed to install windows 7 on, connected it to another PC, because I did not have another os installed, and changed the disk/partition from Logical to Primary with the program Partition Magic 8.0 .
    I even set the disk/partition to Active in Partition Magic, dont know if its needed but i just did it anyways.. (c: was set to Active in this other PC)
    Then i disconnected all other hard-drives and reconnected the target drive, didnt mess anything with RMA etc, but just before installing the OS i chose to format the target partition (have 2 partitions) with the Windows 7 Installer .


    I´ve had alot of trouble to install Windows on this model of drive earlier - Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB (Model: ST31000340NS, Serial: xxxxx, Firmware: SN06(recently upgraded from SN05)) and I have 4 of them. Really annoying, even had to run one of my pc´s system on a very old ATA-drive and only use my 4 seagates as storage devices.

    Could the problem simply have been that the drives were formatted as Logical..?


    However, hope anyone finds this information useful.

    Cheers!
    Monday, July 20, 2009 9:55 PM
  • "Could the problem simply have been that the drives were formatted as Logical..?"

    YES! You can't install Windows on a logical partition. Also if there already are 3 primary partitons on a Hard drive, windows will not be able to format a 4th one as logical.

    Might also want to keep in mind that if there already is an active partition on the system, Windows installer will need to be able to write to that partition! (remove encryptions and other security features like Norton and similar)


    cyanna
    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:46 PM
  • Hi, i had the same problem today.

    Installing windows in a Intel C2Quad, with 4gb RAM HP Notebook, it gave me the same error message.

    While browsing technet foruns i tried something that i didin't before.

    I have a SD slot card to use as Ready Boost.

    Just pulling off the card and starting the setup again solved my problem.

    Hope you hav Luck.


    Cya..

    Lucas C. Silva
    .Net Developer
    • Proposed as answer by shaggerjones Saturday, August 15, 2009 4:42 AM
    Monday, August 10, 2009 2:14 PM
  • This worked for me - an SD card in the built-in reader slot on an Acer Aspire One was causing the problem.
    Saturday, August 15, 2009 4:43 AM
  • Yep, I also get this. Dell 755 Optiplex, using ICH9 SATA AHCI Controller. From Windows 7 setup I can see my disk, create and delete partions, all ok. But I get the same problem the others are reporting about not being set as bootable in the BIOS and can't contiune. Very frustrating.
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 11:45 PM
  • OK, if I take my Windows 7 Pro RTM DVD and boot from it, I go into setup, delete all my partitions, create a new one, Windows 7.0 installs.

    So, I copy the contents of the same DVD to the network. I boot the same PC into WinPE and then run setup. I can delete all my partitions and recreate a new one, but Windows says:

    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

    I have no other devices attached or enabled and the HDD is enabled for boot.

    I have tried loading all of the SATA drivers I can find (for Windows 7 off the web, even from the Windows 7 wims) and every single one results in:

    "The [driver] device driver could not be installed. Contact your vendor for an updated driver".

    So, if setup can see my disk and delete and create partitions OK from either a WinPE boot or DVD boot, why doesn't it like the disk from a WinPE boot?

    From WinPE, before I even run setup.exe, I can see my HDD via DISKPART, and do whatever I like with it from there, so WinPE can see the disk ok. In fact, I can install XP or Vista from here, just not Windows 7!



    Thursday, August 20, 2009 1:14 AM
  • I was having the same problem. Ended up having to go download the latest chipset driver from my motherboard mfg website (AMD south bridge 750) and put it on a thumb drive, and load the driver in the windows 7 installation. Now it is installing and I am a happy camper. =)
    • Proposed as answer by Brian Borg Saturday, August 22, 2009 6:42 PM
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 6:49 AM
  • Volto,I wish this worked for me . I have a Intel P4 3.4 Extreme with the latest chip set drivers and Flashed the bios to the latest firmware. Still stuck with the same issue.
    Maybe it's just a question of if another bios update comes out that will fix it.
    Thanks Anyway,
    Jimi

    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 10:26 PM
  • I have a toshiba laptop with Vista on it. 180 G HD.
    When I installed RC 7, I couldn't delete or format my HD. I had two partitions, and toshiba had a small section partitioned that I couldn't touched. So I proceeded with the intallation, because there really wasn't any option to partion or format anything. I just had the 1 partition that I could access.

    Once the installtion and updates where done. I look at my HD and I only have 40G of space left. Go figure. I''ve lost 140G's of HD. Since I'm just testing this it isn't a big deal now, but man, what ever happen to "format". "All data will be lost". I'd sure like to see that and then have a clean install.

    I can't access "any" of the data on the drive for that 140G's. Just shows it's being occupied.

    So now I don't know what's going to happen in the next upgrade, or if I have to go back to Vista when I upgrade.

    It's just strange to get this far with an OS and you just can't do a simple "format" and go on with you life.
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 11:45 PM
  • Hi folks, I think I have a solution:
    I bought a Dell Mini 10 with WinXP Home installed on it. I promptly created a Windows 7 Install USB using the guide at http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_to_install_windows_7_beta_a_usb_key deleted the Windows XP and Restore partitions, created a new one for the OS and proceeded to trying to install it. As many of you can imagine I had a fun time with everyone's favourite error message. I tried creating the partition manually, formating, not formating, everything I could think of in the Windows RE nothing worked. I was more screwed than anyone else because I couldn't boot into Windows XP (no optical drive). Out of desperation I tried the following.

    Instead of making a USB install environment as described in the maximumpc guide above, make the harddrive you want to install it to the install environment. If you can't boot into Windows (as I couldn't), boot off the USB/DVD and try to "repair" the installation. When it doesn't find any windows installs, select the tools and open command prompt. Follow the steps as described in the guide linked above. I wanted to install the OS on C: and the USB drive was D: so in order to copy all the files my command was "robocopy d: c: /e" (/e makes it copy all empty and non-empty directories, I'm not sure if it's necessary but I didn't want to risk it). After that, just boot off your harddrive and install.

    One thing: I do NOT guarantee that this will leave your other OS' bootable. In fact, I have a strong feeling that it won't. After that, you can optionally use BCDEdit to get rid of the Windows 7 Installer as a boot option and clean up/delete all the files that you copied over. If you have any questions, please respond to this message, then it'll alert me otherwise I don't think i'll be checking on this thread much.

    Sunday, August 23, 2009 12:54 AM
  • The hidden partition is our recovery partition. It is made invisible to the operating system and is write protected on purpose as for many users once that partition is damaged they have no means to restore/repair their original installation. It is not a matter of Vista or Windows 7, but a decision made by OEMs.

    If you have installed Windows 7 on top of Vista (no reformat or repartitioning) check if you have a folder Windows.old.

    cyanna
    • Proposed as answer by Brian Borg Monday, August 24, 2009 8:12 PM
    Sunday, August 23, 2009 7:43 AM

  • Try ACRONIS Disk Editor . Now Home  edition is available  which is much cheaper. Every one who owns a computer should posses 2 essential S/W , one for disk partition and another for creating the Image of the OS partition ( ACRONIS Image Creator

    I find ACRONIS is doing both these functions reliable manner

    milo499

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:32 PM
  • Registered here just to reply on this topic.

    I've got to say, that solution, suggested by iChakad, changing 1st boot device to "hard drive" and not CD or USB did the trick. I was trying to install Win7 to MSI Wind U100 using external DVD drive.

    None of the solutions worked for me, except for the BIOS boot device priority change. This is how you should do it on MSI Wind U100 (should work on other models, I suppose):

    1. Enter BIOS by pressing DELETE while booting and change boot device priority as following:
    Hard Disk
    USB CD-ROM drive
    (I've just disabled others since I don't use any of them.)

    2. Save changes in BIOS and reboot

    3. When MSI logo appears (like it normally does), press F11 several times to open boot device dialog

    4. Choose to boot from external DVD drive (or if you're installing Win7 from USB choose USB of course :) But I'm not sure if USB option will work, you've got to try it yourself :) )

    5. Follow the steps in Win7 Installation wizard.

    6. The error SHOULDN'T appear any more and you SHOULD be good to go.

    This is how it worked for me.
    P.S. sorry for my language :)
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:00 PM
  • Disconnecting other physical drives did the job for me. Thanks

    Saturday, September 19, 2009 2:31 PM
  • I had the same problem. 

    Dell OptiPlex 755 with (1) 250GB SATA drive.


    Here's what I did to fix the Win 7 install issue:

    1) Enter BIOS (F2 at boot screen)
    2) Selected Drives --> SATA Operation
    3) Changed option from "RAID Autodetect / AHCI" to "RAID Autodetect / ATA"
    4) Save/Exit BIOS
    5) Rebooted to Win 7 DVD
    6) Installed like a charm...

    Hope that helps those with a configuration such as mine.


    -PsyGrafx

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 6:08 PM
  • I have a similar setup, but I have two media drives instead of one.  I pulled the USB cables from my media drives and everything worked fine.  Try pulling the plug from your SATA media drive and see if that gets you any closer.  And in case you are wondering, no, that makes no sense to me either, and I can't understand why you would get this error from having another drive plugged in and recognized by the OS.

    Good luck...
    Tuesday, November 03, 2009 5:01 AM
  • Making sure that the hard drive I was installing to was the first boot disk selected worked for me.  Thanks for the thread it saved me a ton of time :)

    Friday, November 06, 2009 11:23 PM
  • use diskpart and set the partition as active. Then the setup continues as expected.
    Friday, November 27, 2009 2:46 PM
  • I can't believe an OS released in 2009 can have this problem.  Can anyone from MS give an explanation?  I was ready to kill someone before I found this forum.  I did everything I thought I needed to do, i.e. update BIOS, format the drive, etc.  It turns out Windows 7 can't install on a machine with multiple drives even if they are all blank!

    WTF?

     
    Sunday, December 06, 2009 8:56 AM
  • I can't believe an OS released in 2009 can have this problem.  Can anyone from MS give an explanation?  I was ready to kill someone before I found this forum.  I did everything I thought I needed to do, i.e. update BIOS, format the drive, etc.  It turns out Windows 7 can't install on a machine with multiple drives even if they are all blank!

    WTF?

     
    Yes it can. On blank drives, drives with data, with other OSes....
    If we recap what we have learned from this thread so far:
    BIOS settings : W7 will not install if SATA or RAID drives are configured as AHCI. Change that to IDE/ATA. Some BIOSes have a "protect boot sector" feature, make sure that is disabled. And return BIOS to standard settings on Overclocked systems!
    Hardware setup : only one bootable drive on the system. Make sure there are no other bootable devices except the DVD drive and the disk you want to install to. Some USB devices are bootable and those have to be disconnected, also on systems with multiple OSes you might have several partitions marked as "active", how to change that depends on how you ended up with several active partitions. The partition you want to install to and the active partition (in case of a system with several OSes) have to be primary partitions formatted as NTFS
    Software configuration : On a OEM pre-installed machine you might have to completely wipe out the disk. Other preinstalled software might also cause problems: norton go-back, acronis hidden partitions.... You have to uninstall any protection or encryption software before you attempt to install.


    cyanna
    Sunday, December 06, 2009 10:20 AM
  • Hardware setup : only one bootable drive on the system. Make sure there are no other bootable devices except the DVD drive and the disk you want to install to. Some USB devices are bootable and those have to be disconnected

    I can't believe an OS released in 2009 can have that problem. As I said above, it's perfectly reasonable that people would want to install it on netbooks with no optical drive and not have USB optical drives either. In that case they would need to boot off the USB stick to try to install and be unable to. If they're tech-savvy they may think of making the HDD a bootable installer using the USB stick (which I did and it's a pretty weird way of doing things), if they're your run of the mill Joe, they're in trouble. Microsoft needs to fix this.
    Sunday, December 06, 2009 5:35 PM
  • Cyanna,

    W7 will not install if SATA or RAID drives are configured as AHCI.

    I have seen it work.  Setup will indeed succeed if it can use the "Standard AHCI1.0 Serial ATA Controller" driver included with Windows 7.

    Only one bootable drive on the system.

    I usually have multiple drives on a system.  I always set the first partition active.  I often have a USB drive plugged in also (for loading drivers).  The last system I set up also had a bootable floppy inserted.  Setup will decide which hard drive is "first" and assume that this drive is the system drive, and that the active partition is the system partition.

    If setup can update bootmgr and the boot sector on that partition, it will do so.  Then it adds Windows 7, as default, to the other OS(s) in a new boot menu.  If the boot drive is not formatted, setup will create a new 100 MB system partition and put the boot files there.  The rest of the drive is where setup would put Windows 7 by default.  If there are other drives or partitions, setup might offer them as choices for setting up Windows 7.

    Problems can come if setup cannot replace the MBR or boot sector, or write to the system partition.  Setup can often make the wrong decision about which drive is the system drive.  This is more likely if the drive(s) are on a SATA controller or if the BIOS settings have been used to set the boot drive.  That is why, for best results, only one drive should be installed.

    With USB drives, it depends on how the BIOS supports them and presents them to the OS.  On newer motherboards the drives are presented as removable drives.  These are usually no problem.  With an older BIOS, a USB drive might appear as another hard drive.  If setup decides it is the "first" drive, then it is a problem.  For best results, do not plug in a USB drive until you press F6 to load additional drivers, if needed.

    Brian
    Sunday, December 06, 2009 8:21 PM
  • Once i removed my external drive, I was able to complete the installation (W7 x32).
    • Proposed as answer by cderring Thursday, December 31, 2009 9:44 PM
    Sunday, December 27, 2009 3:29 PM
  • Same resolution here.

    Read Technet article 938984
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938984
    I had a USB Memory stick attached to my new PC build and that was stopping me from installing.  Removed the stick, and install is huming along fine now.
    • Proposed as answer by cderring Thursday, December 31, 2009 9:45 PM
    Thursday, December 31, 2009 9:44 PM
  • THIS WORKED FOR ME. I made one partition 50GB, and left the other partition as a full partition. No matter what I tried, it wasn't loading Windows, so I simply ejected the disk, restarted the computer, inserted the disk again, and it worked fine.
    Friday, February 05, 2010 8:26 PM
  • My resolution is pretty much the same as others posted here, but in the light of a different scenario.

     

    I had this issue when trying to do a clean install of Win7 from an older Vista installation. 

    My primary disk was attached to a controller card, whereas I had a 2nd disk which was directly connected to the motherboard.  The 2nd disk had personal files and I did not want to put Windows files here, but I believe the installer perceived that to be the “first” disk and with no room left to create a new partition – I got the above error.

    Disconnecting the 2nd disk, installing and reconnecting the 2nd disk solved my issue.


    Mike Crowley: MCT, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP: Enterprise Administrator / Messaging Administrator
    Sunday, February 07, 2010 4:09 PM
  • Same thing here. Disconnected my USB and eSATA drive and it worked just fine. 
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:22 PM
  • I had the same problem and finally found the cause and the solution, which is very simple.

    The problem is caused by Windows being confused by the boot order of the drives when you have multiple boot devices such as multiple hard drives. If the hard drive you are trying to install Windows is not set up as the first boot device currently attached to the system, for example if there is another hard drive with higher priority in the boot order, the system may assign conflicting internal names to these drives and complain that it cannot find the partition.

    In order to solve the problem, restart your computer and go to your BIOS menu (usually F2 and sometimes DEL; it's a good idea to press F2 repeatedly not to miss the BIOS menu). In the BIOS menu, go to the boot devices and move the hard drive you are trying to install Windows up in priority so that it comes before all the other hard drives in boot order. Note that CDROM should still come higher; otherwise, the computer will skip the Windows Setup disk. After you do this change, exit the BIOS menu by saving the changes. Windows Setup should no longer complain about not locating the partition.

    • Proposed as answer by Gökhan E. _ Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:24 PM
    Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:24 PM
  • After spending quite a few hours bitching around with this problem myself, formatting, reformatting, disconnecting and connecting disk drives i *finally* figured it out.

    It seemed as if I had to set the disk controller to "IDE"-mode in BIOS.
    By the way, this was also a Gigabyte motherboard.


    Friday, March 12, 2010 4:05 PM
  • I have solved this issue by installing the SATA AHCI driver I downloaded from the motherboard manufacturer. I put the driver files on an USB stick and used the Load driver button during install, when the target partition should be selected. I also set the hard disk priority in BIOS, so that the second hard disk, on which Windows 7 become to be installed, got the highest priority. For the record: the motherboard is Gigabyte MA74GM-S2H, the chipset is AMD 740G. Of course you can also switch off AHCI in the BIOS. It is a sad state however that in 2010 an operating system does not support AHCI out of the box.
    Wednesday, April 07, 2010 8:05 PM
  • If you have AHCI enabled, Windows should install the Microsoft "Standard Serial ATA Controller", by default.  If there are no IDE hard drives, and the SATA drive is on the "first" SATA controller, Windows should install without a problem.

    It is when there are multiple drives or multiple existing partitions that there is a problem.  BOOTMGR is pretty "dumb" and often choses the wrong existing drive/partition as the BIOS boot device.

    Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:03 AM
  • My solution was the one that was the most shared.  I had the same problem upgrading XP to Win7 64-bit because of the error "unable to create a new system partition."

    My computer has 2 SATA drives, one where I place my OS and installed programs, and the other for storing data.

    When the error came, I used my laptop to search for answers.  When I found the solution to simply unplug all other drives (Win7 setup disk could see both drives, and both were 'Primary') besides where you want Win7 to be, it did not work.

    I then rebooted the computer, keeping everything unplugged, and it is now installed beautifully on my machine.

    Thanks for the great help everyone...

    -MPk

    Thursday, May 06, 2010 6:49 PM
  • I have since successfully installed Windows 7 (in various flavors) on multiple machines, including my own! 

    The process for dealing with this error is SIMPLE:

    Unplug every EXTRA hard drive in your system, EXCEPT the one you intend to install the OS on.  (This includes extra USB flash drives that have installation drivers on them, ie., F6 setup disks) 

    If install drivers (F6 setup disk) are needed, do NOT insert usb flash drive until prompoted to do so by the Win 7 setup program.  (Windows 7 setup see this drive as another viable partition most of the time if inserted too early, and it stalls the install giving the error people reported in this thread.

    After your installation has succeeded, then go in and plug-in all other SATA, PATA, USB, and firewire HDDs.  Windows 7 will now plug & play them all without further problems!

    GREAT LUCK TO ALL.  ENJOY USING WINDOWS 7 everyone!!!

    • Proposed as answer by usnbrendon Thursday, May 06, 2010 9:00 PM
    Thursday, May 06, 2010 9:00 PM
  • I have since successfully installed Windows 7 (in various flavors) on multiple machines, including my own! 

    The process for dealing with this error is SIMPLE:

    Unplug every EXTRA hard drive in your system, EXCEPT the one you intend to install the OS on.  (This includes extra USB flash drives that have installation drivers on them, ie., F6 setup disks) 

    If install drivers (F6 setup disk) are needed, do NOT insert usb flash drive until prompoted to do so by the Win 7 setup program.  (Windows 7 setup see this drive as another viable partition most of the time if inserted too early, and it stalls the install giving the error people reported in this thread.

    After your installation has succeeded, then go in and plug-in all other SATA, PATA, USB, and firewire HDDs.  Windows 7 will now plug & play them all without further problems!

    GREAT LUCK TO ALL.  ENJOY USING WINDOWS 7 everyone!!!

    • Proposed as answer by usnbrendon Thursday, May 06, 2010 9:02 PM
    Thursday, May 06, 2010 9:02 PM
  • Had the same problem, I disconnected all other hard drives from the system and bingo ..........

     

    • Proposed as answer by Myth_Pharoah Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:54 PM
    Saturday, May 29, 2010 3:32 PM
  • I have a 300gb WD and a 1tb WD HDD installed. I was having the same issue and I inadvertently deleted my original windows partition in the frustration and excitement of wanting to see Win7. I was running into the same problem, I followed the first advice of disconnecting all the other drives other than the one you're installing it and that worked just fine. Now to wait and see if all the rest goes ok...
    Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:56 PM
  • Many thanks to all in this thread! 

    Removing all other disks, then waiting for the driver prompt to insert my usb stick w/raid drivers did the trick. 

    Problem solved, but LAME problem, M$.

    Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:58 PM
  • I had three drives connected.  I physically disconnected two and left connected the one I wanted to put Windows 7 on.  This worked perfectly.  Thank you for the tip.
    Saturday, July 24, 2010 5:38 PM
  • ** Here is what worked for me **

    I had just bought an HP Envy 14 and was attempting to do a clean install when I ran into this error. HP Envy's ship with an SD card containing the PDF manuals and I had left this in the reader. In my case, simply removing the SD card from the reader allowed me to progress pass the partition selector in the Windows 7 installer.

    kev.

    Monday, July 26, 2010 4:37 PM
  • hi,

    i also in the frustration deleted my old partion. in fact i have deleted all data from my hard drive so now when i try and install windows 7 from my usb drive (because i have a netbook) it always says "setup was unable to create a new system partition" or recover any old ones or something. do you know how i can install windows 7 on my netbook?

    thanks

    Saturday, July 31, 2010 8:36 PM
  • Read previous posts about the possibility of a hidden partition.  Your netbook might have such a "recovery" partition.

    Otherwise, you can boot your install media and select "repair my computer".  Eventually you can open a command prompt.  In the command prompt, you can use diskpart.exe to view and modify disk drive partitions and other parameters.  Diskpart has a reasonably good help system.  Just enter ? (question mark).

    If diskpart says you do not have any hard drives (other than possibly the USB drive),  it means you need the Windows 7 driver for the motherboard or disk drive controller.  Get the driver from the manufacturer's web site and put it on a USB drive.  Press F6 at the right time in the install boot process, and browse to the location you put the driver.

    If there is a hidded partition, diskpart will show it as OEM or unknown partition.  If diskpart sees the drive, see if you can create a 100 MB partition at the beginning of the drive.  If you can, you can format it and mark it active using diskpart.  Then you can try setup again.  Note, you can actually do this just by exiting the command prompt and selecting "install Windows" without re-booting.

    Saturday, July 31, 2010 11:34 PM
  • i had this problem.. try this
    boot in bios
    change 1st boot device and pick hard drive you want to install windows7 on
    and voila!

    I had the same problem with not being able to create a partition on a fresh RAID0 install, this fixed it.  Thanks much =D
    Saturday, October 16, 2010 6:34 AM
  • I bought HP Pavilion dv8 1250ea with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 pre installed. Laptop specs here: http://h10025.www1.h...product=4217021

    After starting the computer I immediatelly created Recovery discs (it took 4 DVD discs).I also copied 'SwSetup' folder with all drivers.



    As I had a retail full DVD version of Windows 7 Professional x64, I decided to install it. It went smoothly, I installed all the drivers from the SwSetup folder and it was working fine, but I was missing all pre installed SOFWARE like HP user Guides, Corel, MS Office trial, etc.



    I tried to run the Recovery Disc to see if I can install SOFTWARE separatelly. No such option was available, so I decided to come back to Factory Settings and tried to run Windows Installation from Recovery Disc. And here I got the first error message: “Recovery Manager could not restore your computer using the factory image. Please contact HP support. Error code: 0xe0f0003.” I left it like this for a few minutes and tried to find a solution browsing the internet on my second laptop.



    After fining out that I should install 'HP Doctor Hardware Diagnostic tool' to get that message dissapear, I exited the system recovery and rebooted my computer. I wanted to install the Doctor Hardware and run the recovery again, but after restarting the computer I got another message: 'Missing Operating System'. NOW HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?????



    MY computer currently has no system at all. I tried to install Windows 7 Professional again, but when I want to choose the hard drive for installation it says: 'Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition'. I tried to format the hard drive but it didn't help.



    I am stuck for good. PLEASE HELP ME
    Friday, October 29, 2010 12:02 AM
  • You have 2 options:

     

    1st option:  is to change in your bios the device boot order, putting your windows 7 hard drive as first choice.

     

    2 option:  just unplug all your disk except the one were you want to install W7.

     

    I hope it helps...

    • Proposed as answer by Lyron Sunday, October 31, 2010 10:06 PM
    Sunday, October 31, 2010 9:42 PM
  • I was sceptic, but... i changed the boot order in Bios (Hard disk, cd-rom etc), saved settings, rebooted and select from Boot Order key (F9, F12 depending on your MB) to boot from DVD. Voila! It works! Completely strange... Thanks anyway for the solution!
    Tuesday, December 07, 2010 8:16 PM
  • I also encountered some issues, i recently went to format my Win7 x64 Professional Install as i couldn't be bothered removing and tidying up all the unneccessary services i had running and was concerned with the way my system was working. I have 2 other drives running 2 flavours of linux and tried numerous things to get Win7 to install.

    Basically the solution for me was to remove all my drives physical connections to the motherboard. I then loaded the installer and ran as per usual without a hitch. I used numerous utilities to check my drive and drives thinking a faulty GRUB install at some point in time may have messed up the MBR, which it had not.

    Anyway as a first point of call when installing and encountering this issue, i would strongly recommend removing any non essential media inclusive of other hard drives. Keep things simple USB Keyboard and Mouse until the install is complete, then replace your peripherals.

    Saturday, December 11, 2010 2:24 PM
  • Cannot agree more!

     

    This is basic stuff...

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:58 AM
  • I had the same problem... The disk is not being recognized as a system disk. To resolve i popped in an XP setup cd let it copy the install files then after a reboot put the Windows 7 dvd back in. It worked!!
    • Proposed as answer by GBSmith1016 Friday, March 04, 2011 5:03 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by GBSmith1016 Friday, March 04, 2011 5:04 AM
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:24 PM
  • anybody try to get a new DVD of Win7??, I tried installing on 4 different HD's none wrked!, Vista had no problems!

    will have to try the XP CD trick, will b back to give it a shot!

    Friday, March 04, 2011 5:05 AM
  • Hi guys:  Don't know if anyone is still reading this thread - but, in case, I thought I'd let you know what I discovered about this error message from the Win7 installation disk. Yes, its very misleading and goves you no clue what to do about it! I couldn't find any answer easily on the net either. BUT I did find the amswer: When you install Windows 7, it always put aside a small partition in the boot area of the disk. It's usually about 100 MB. I was reinstalling Windows 7 after installing XP on another partition (drive F) of the same drive. There was also an earlier installation of Win7 on C drive. I wanted to do a clean (custom) installation on C (which is about 200 GB). It kept saying that there was insufficient room! When I clicked on the small 100 MB partition, it gave a choice to "extend". I guessed that Win7 might need some small amount of space in this boot partition (which I remembered had been populated with a large installation file from NVidia) and so I extended the partition to 180 MB. Now, Win7 installer allowed me to install into C!! So - the error message is misleading. The lack of space refers to that small partition of 100 MB. And it is possible that other programs could fill it up with drivers. It doesn't have a "volume" letter but driver installers could probably find it.

    In brief, all you have to do is "extend" (enlarge) this small partition. Just make sure it hasn't been filled up with garbage by other installers. Its space that's meant to be used only by OS boot drivers and managers.

     

    Good Luck!

    • Proposed as answer by Carl039 Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:15 PM
    Sunday, May 08, 2011 10:33 PM
  • Hi everyone,

    I had this same problem when trying to do a clean install of windows 7 pro and a RAID card setup (adaptec).  Cleared off my partitions, tried to create a new partition and got the same "unable to create system partition".  I had put the RAID drivers on a USB stick for this. 

    The solution was to not insert the USB stick until you actually need it, the win 7 setup program will tell you when to insert the driver cd,stick,etc and once I waited to do that, everything worked fine.  (previously I had inserted the usb stick before even booting from the win 7 cd to do the install.

    Also the trick mentioned before of burning the drivers onto a cd, and swapping cd's with the win 7 setup cd has worked for me in the past.  Once you get the drivers on and the hard drive viewable, you need to put the win 7 cd back in, or the install program will error out with some weird error.  (it doesn't actually say "missing win 7 cd", etc)

    HTH

    -Jerry

    Monday, May 09, 2011 2:50 PM
  • Well i have the same problem and like most i have a setup with both ide and SATA.. 

    did you guys manually disconnect the drive or just in bios?

    edit: ok so what i had to do was to remove all the other connections then the one to the hdd that i wanted to install it on... then it worked!

    Why i have no clue! but i understand why people change to mac ;)

    • Edited by mista C Wednesday, August 03, 2011 5:40 PM solved it!
    Wednesday, August 03, 2011 5:14 PM
  • SOLVED!!!  (at least for my rig after a motherboard replacement)

     

    I had the same issue.  Apparently this error is designed to occur when the drive you are installing windows 7 to is not the first hard drive to load.

     

    I solved it by going into the BIOS and then changing the order in which the hard drives were loaded. 

     

    That fixed the problem.

    • Proposed as answer by PHothersall Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:54 PM
    Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:48 PM

  • Hi

    I needed to do the same thing.

    I eventually managed it using some third party software (Partition magic by Symantec, which included Bootmagic).

    If you want to try, first back up all your stuff, but not on C: drive! (You may have to re-install XP.)

    Run Partition Magic from the CD/DVD, having booted from a Windows 98 boot floppy disk.  (After setting the boot sequence in the BIOS.)

    Record the exact size of your XP partition then resize it to leave at least 16Gb of free space. If XP no longer boots go back into Partition magic.

    Now resize the XP partition to it's original size and give up installing Windows 7.

    OR:-

    Delete the XP partition then create a new Primary FAT32 partition. Give it a label like WIN XP. Leave a miminimum of 16 Gb of free space after it  In the free space create a primary NTFS partition and label it WIN 7. Set the WIN XP partition active and leave WIN 7 hidden.

    Boot from the Windows XP disk and reinstall windows.

    Install Boot Magic.

    Back in Partition Magic set WIN 7 active and hide WIN XP.

    Boot from the Windows 7 disk and install Windows on the WIN 7 partition.

    If in setup you cannot see any drives you will need to install the browse for and install drivers such as SATA raid drivers, usually on a floppy disk. (I formatted the drive in Disk Options before installing)

    Run Partition Magic for the final time and set WIN XP active then unhide WIN 7.

    Boot into WIN XP and run Boot Magic.

    Setting the boot configuration should be quite logical so I won't insult your intelligence with instructions.

    You should now have the dual boot you require.

    Incidentally Boot Magic allows you the opportunity to have a separate partition for your documents so that they are not lost if
    windows goes belly up, and won't boot (don't trust the "copy partition" to backup C: drive,though,  because for Windows XP or later, when you put the copy back it fails to boot).

    Good Luck
    yeah, partition magic server makes it much easier.
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:07 AM
  • SOLVED:

    After 8 hours of trying different install media, HDD's and drivers I found one simple/ridiculous fix. There was a camera 4GB memory card plugged into the Laptop. After removing this the problem went straight away. Even though it did not mention the SD card at any point through the install and it could see the 320Gb Hard drive and this was what I was trying to partition. It may be worth noting that you should remove any unnecessary Hard drives, mem sticks etc.

     

    Hope this helps at least someone as this wasted so many hours! What a noob lol

    Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:28 AM
  • SOLVED

    I had same issue with new boards. you need to provide SMBUS driver to system which will help to create partition without disconnecting any drives.

     

    Monday, October 03, 2011 4:18 PM
  • SOLVED

    I had this error using a single drive (Intel 510 SSD) on a SATA 6 controller (eVGA x58 SLI board). I set the BIOS SATA controller to AHCI from IDE, and the problem went away.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 12:20 AM
  • RIDICULOUSLY The trick for me seemed to be NOT to press the "Advanced Options" button on the Hard Disk Menu.
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:40 PM
  • Many solutions available to solve this problem..

    I did my though command prompt and thought ill make a video 
    tutorial on how to do this :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngYLxX_Uy2A

    Hope you enjoy let me know if it worked for you :D

     

    Muhammad Ali
    MAk Productions 

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:02 PM
  • I encountered that problem today and managed to fix it by disconnecting all other hard disks and DVD drives.
    Friday, March 09, 2012 1:35 PM
  • I had the same problem. My usb flash was connected to my pc. I disabled it in boot Bios settings and my problem solved.
    Saturday, August 11, 2012 5:15 PM
  • I had the same problem "unable to create new system partition".  Problem was caused by having to many Primary Partitions (i believe max is 4 primary partitions).  My server has an inbedded SD drive and the SD card for some reason had 4 Primary Partitions, I removed the SD card and was able to install the OS.

    Server: Dell R910; OS Windows Server 2008 R2 Core.

    Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:14 PM