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Windows 8 can't create a partition while installing on an empty hard drive.

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January 8, 2014 9:06:43 PM

I am trying to install Windows 8 from USB on to an empty 1 TB Seagate Barracuda HD. Whenever I attempt to install, I get the following error message stating "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one."

I have tried numerous solutions posted online, but with no success.

I tried this:


Start DISKPART.

Type LIST DISK and identify your SSD disk number (from 0 to n disks).

Type SELECT DISK <n> where <n> is your SSD disk number.

Type CLEAN

Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

Type ACTIVE

Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK

Type ASSIGN

No dice. Error message.

I tried deactivating every single unused usb port, and sata connection on my computer and checking for stray SD cards, then tried installing W8 again. Error message.

I tried moving the boot orders around every which way. No luck. Error message.

However the sad thing is that diskpart always says that a partition has been successfully created, and when I'm selecting the drive I want to install W8 to, it's showing the Seagate drive as already having a partition. What on earth is going on here?


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a b * Windows 8
January 8, 2014 9:15:49 PM

Windows 8 can't create a partition while installing on an empty hard drive.
I am trying to install Windows 8 from USB on to an empty 1 TB Seagate Barracuda HD. Whenever I attempt to install, I get the following error message stating "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one."

I have tried numerous solutions posted online, but with no success.

I tried this:


Start DISKPART.

Type LIST DISK and identify your SSD disk number (from 0 to n disks).

Type SELECT DISK <n> where <n> is your SSD disk number.

Type CLEAN

Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY dont do this..use the tool to do a full wipe of the drive and leave it blank.

Type ACTIVE

Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK dont do this windows 8 will do this for you.

Type ASSIGN

No dice. Error message.

I tried deactivating every single unused usb port, and sata connection on my computer and checking for stray SD cards, then tried installing W8 again. Error message.

I tried moving the boot orders around every which way. No luck. Error message.

However the sad thing is that diskpart always says that a partition has been successfully created, and when I'm selecting the drive I want to install W8 to, it's showing the Seagate drive as already having a partition. What on earth is going on here?

check in the bios that sata ports set to achi mode not ide. the hard drive on the intel sata port. some mb have 3 party sata ports. if there a ssd and a hard drive if you want the os on the hard drive unplug the ssd. with two drives windows can screw up and put the partion on the wrong drive. use diskpart list all drives look for all partion and remove them.
windows will make two a system restore and a data one.
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a c 417 * Windows 8
January 8, 2014 10:50:05 PM

Windows 8 best installed to Unallocated Space where it can create it's own partitions. This can be achieved during the install at the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen, using 'Drive Options (Advanced)' to delete all partitions. Install to Unallocated Space to ensure the System Reserved partition is created on the Installation Drive.
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January 13, 2014 11:58:48 AM

I had the same problem and I had to make a DVD of Windows 8 and it worked fine! I think it is because it is trying to dump to your USB. If it dumps to the DVD that is write protected it goes back to the hard drive and it works. I read this first and checked my achi and they were set correctly so I was still at a loss. My next step was the DVD.
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June 15, 2014 7:45:00 PM

One thing that can cause this;
if you are using a USB 3.0 flash drive.
I found that by using a USB 2.0 stick it will work OK.
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June 16, 2014 12:01:43 AM

parm8 said:
One thing that can cause this;
if you are using a USB 3.0 flash drive.
I found that by using a USB 2.0 stick it will work OK.


Oh damn, I am using a 3.0 stick!
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July 5, 2014 5:04:40 AM

If you've SSDs or any other HDD attached, just disabling them via BIOS except the one you wish to install win8 upon. Try the setup again and I think it would work flawlessly. I think windows 8 expects to install on the VERY first drive so as to create its partition the way it's been programmed to.

It worked for me, so though have sharing it with you. Best!

Loganrmcclellan said:
I am trying to install Windows 8 from USB on to an empty 1 TB Seagate Barracuda HD. Whenever I attempt to install, I get the following error message stating "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one."

I have tried numerous solutions posted online, but with no success.

I tried this:


Start DISKPART.

Type LIST DISK and identify your SSD disk number (from 0 to n disks).

Type SELECT DISK <n> where <n> is your SSD disk number.

Type CLEAN

Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

Type ACTIVE

Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK

Type ASSIGN

No dice. Error message.

I tried deactivating every single unused usb port, and sata connection on my computer and checking for stray SD cards, then tried installing W8 again. Error message.

I tried moving the boot orders around every which way. No luck. Error message.

However the sad thing is that diskpart always says that a partition has been successfully created, and when I'm selecting the drive I want to install W8 to, it's showing the Seagate drive as already having a partition. What on earth is going on here?




Mcloganator said:
parm8 said:
One thing that can cause this;
if you are using a USB 3.0 flash drive.
I found that by using a USB 2.0 stick it will work OK.


Oh damn, I am using a 3.0 stick!


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July 18, 2014 3:36:31 AM

while you are instaling an operating system
in the volume selection window
press: shift+f10
type:
discpart
list disk
select disk 0
list volume
select volume 1(if there is c drive)
clean
create partion primary size=100
select volume 1
active
create partion primary size=102400 (for 100 GB)
select volume 2
active
list volume
exit
exit

now you can see the partitions are created on your hard disc and you can continue installation of windows.
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