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Windows 7 Installation Problems

I know there are a ton of threads already with this issue. I've been through a great number of them and seen the majority solutions, none of which have yet worked for me.

I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 64 Ultimate from a USB Drive to a brand new Corsair SSD. It boots just fine, but when I get to the disk selection I get the "Setup cannot create a new partition..." error.

I tried creating partitions from the provided installer window.

I tried using diskpart to clean, create, format, and align new partitions. I also tried doing it and creating the System Reserve partition. Same error.

Could it be that even though it boots, there is a problem with the flash drive? I used PowerISO to create the bootable flash drive. I suppose I could try doing all that again to see if it makes a difference, but I figured if it booted it was working. Any thoughts or answers you might have to help me with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
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  1. Your boot drive is working fine - no need to create another one. On the other hand - the SSD does not appear to be working so that Windows can see it. How do you have it setup in your BIOS? (AHCI should be the preferred setup).
  2. ronintexas said:
    Your boot drive is working fine - no need to create another one. On the other hand - the SSD does not appear to be working so that Windows can see it. How do you have it setup in your BIOS? (AHCI should be the preferred setup).


    Yes, that's how it's setup.
  3. Don't create partitions. Delete all partitions on the SSD, and then install to the empty space on the SSD.
  4. ss202sl said:
    Don't create partitions. Delete all partitions on the SSD, and then install to the empty space on the SSD.


    I've tried that. With a completely empty drive of unallocated space and it does not work.
  5. Is the USB drive 3.0 or 2.0?
  6. 3.0
  7. Best answer
    Try with USB 2.0 if you can.
  8. supasieu said:
    Try with USB 2.0 if you can.


    Alright. I will get a USB 2.0 drive and try it out. I will report back when I'm finished.
  9. Well slap my face and call my Shirley. How silly of me to think that newer, faster technology would make things smoother -_-

    THANK YOU!!!
  10. Wow. I was going to suggest to try it on a USB 2.0 port.....will have to remember this....
  11. ronintexas said:
    Wow. I was going to suggest to try it on a USB 2.0 port.....will have to remember this....


    The port didn't change. The drive did. I used a USB 2.0 stick instead of a 3.0.
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