Struggling to install Windows - Can't create system partition

By jonisaksson
Nov 23, 2010
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  1. Hello,

    I dont understand what I could have done but it must be something stupid.

    Background information
    I recently bought a Crucial 128 GB SSD and got Windows 7 installed on it, and everything was working fine.

    I realised I needed to apply a firmware version, went through that and it went all fine apart from that it wiped my SSD (which Crucial did say would happen so no surprise there)

    But here started my problems, I am now trying to reinstall Windows 7 and when I select my SSD disk it says "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more information".

    First where do I find the setup log files??

    Secondly I thought, perhaps I screwed up the SSD drive in some way by the firmware install so stuck a normal empty hard drive in thinking I could install Windows on that drive and investigate the issue from within Windows... but I get the same error even if I try to install it on a "normal" harddisk.

    Can anyone help?

    many thanks
  2. jonisaksson

    jonisaksson TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 83

    OK, looks like I have resolved the issue.
    From reading on other sites was one of the recommendations to unplug all other drives (apart from the DVD player and the disk you intend to install on).

    I did that, and everything seems now to be installing fine.
    Obviously some strange bug...
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,189   +470

    Thanks for posting the solution to your problem.

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