Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Windows Server 2012 R2 – Couldn’t Create A New Partition

I have spent a couple hours this weekend to troubleshoot a partition creation issue during the Windows Server 2012 R2 installation.  I was getting the infamous “We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one.  Fore more information, see the Setup log files” error message.

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I have tried all the DISKPART recommendations on the following TechNet blogs:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mempson/archive/2012/12/13/windows-8-and-the-dreaded-couldn-t-create-a-new-partition.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/asiasupp/archive/2012/03/06/error-quot-we-couldn-t-create-a-new-partition-or-locate-an-existing-one-for-more-information-see-the-setup-log-files-quot-when-you-try-to-install-windows-8-cp.aspx

In my case, the issue was related to the boot order or sequence in the BIOS.   I was trying to install OS on to an SSD drive.  It was the first boot device configured in the BIOS.  Once I change the SSD drive to the 2nd place, everything start working! 

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Thanks! Had to do opposite on a Poweredge 1900 but you put me on the right track. I had to configure the SATA A attached device to boot order #1. I tried #2 and #3 and got the above error. When I moved it to #1 it worked fine.

followed all the directions on the web and apparently my problem was I was using a usb 3.0 thumb drive switched to a 2.0 and it worked like a champ. here is the info tha pushed me to the usb 2.0 stick. http://jermsmit.com/server-2012-we-couldnt-create-a-new-partition-or-locate-an-existing-one/

followed all the directions on the web and apparently my problem was I was using a usb 3.0 thumb drive switched to a 2.0 and it worked like a champ. here is the info tha pushed me to the usb 2.0 stick. http://jermsmit.com/server-2012-we-couldnt-create-a-new-partition-or-locate-an-existing-one/

I had the exact same error message when installing Windows Svr 2012 90 day evaluation on a DIY PC with an Asus P5Q SE R mobo. It was resolved when I moved up the order of the hard disk inside the “hard disk” section of my bios. - bruce tong

Our Dell 620 came with the Internal SD:Internal Dual SD and it's Hard-Disk Drive Sequence was on top in the System BIOS. I moved it down 1 position which moved the Integrated Raid Controller up one and We were able to load Server 2012. Dell said the server was shipped ESXi ready with the ESXi softare pre-installed on that SD drive.

I gotten bitten by the USB 3.0 to 2.0 as well. As soon as I put it on a 2.0 thumb drive everything was fine!

In my case the genius at the factory named both raid volumes as volume0. install was confused, even though I know I tried both options in BIOS (set as boot device). after killing one and renaming the volume, I could suddenly install :)

In my case, one of two things worked: moving the USB pen drive from the front to the rear motherboard board sockets or unplugging a USB 3 hard drive that I happened to also have plugged in (had just taken image of old server)

I moved my SSD Raid Array out of the first position in the Boot Order and had no luck. It wasn't until I moved the USB Drive that I was booting from to a position BEFORE the SSD Raid Array that it worked for me.

When You have an USB attached, this error occurs...just disable USB in BIOS an try again. I got install after that.

I'm having the same problem, my windows server 2012 r2 is on USB.

dism apply image from winpe usb key is the only thing that worked for me

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