FIX: We Couldn’t Create A New Partition Or Locate An Existing One

This step-by-step tutorial will illustrate you how to fix “We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files” error when doing a clean install of Windows 10/8/7.

In the previous post, I’ve shared following tutorial to do a clean install of Windows 10:

See also: 

  • How to do a Clean Install of Windows 10
  • Repairing and Fixing Error Code 0x800701e3

After following the above mentioned tutorial, many users came around the following error while selecting the custom location for installing Windows:

We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

We Couldn’t Create A New Partition Or Locate An Existing One in Windows 10

We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files

If you’re also getting this problem while installing Windows 10, this tutorial is helpful for you.

How To Fix Error “We Couldn’t Create A New Partition Or Locate An Existing One” in Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. First thing first, start Windows setup via a bootable USB, CD or DVD. And then get to the point where Windows requires you the location to install. When the error occurs, press SHIFT+F10 keys to open Command Prompt.

Step 2. When the Command Prompt window opens, run these commands one by one:

diskpart

list disk

select disk X (X: Select the system disk you use)

clean

create partition primary size=5000

format fs=ntfs

assign

active

list volume

exit

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Step 3. Then, change directory to the USB flash drive, in my case cd d:

after that you need to copy all the Windows installation files from USB drive to C: drive xcopy d: c:/e /h /k

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Step 4. You can now close Command Prompt and unplug the installation USB drive from computer and restart. After that, start the installation process again.

This time error “We couldn’t create a new partition” will not happen.

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Hope something helps you.

FIX: We Couldn’t Create A New Partition Or Locate An Existing One
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