How to Fix - Setup Was Unable to Create a New System Partition or Locate an Existing System Partition

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How to Fix - Setup Was Unable to Create a New System Partition or Locate an Existing System Partition

When installing Windows, you sometimes can get the following error message: "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information." In my example, it happened while installing Server 2008 R2, however, this can happen on Server 2012, Windows 7, & Windows 8 also:

How to Fix - Setup Was Unable to Create a New System Partition or Locate an Existing System Partition

To get rid of this error and install the operating system, the solution is simple:

Remove any USB drives, SD cards, or any other additional storage that the operating system is not being installed on, reboot, and try again.

If you have a usb drive connected because it contains drivers for the disk or raid card, do not insert the usb drive until it you are prompted. I've seen this issue many times, and every time it was because there was additional storage connected to the server, causing the installation to halt at this point. Removing the additional storage fixed it every time.

Thanks Ingram, this was exactly the case here!
Could't get my head around it until I removed the USB drive with RAID drivers.

Thanks again!

I am having the same issue, I tried all the steps provided, still, the same error appears on my screen. What to do?

I had the same problem, in my case a just changed the boot priority and tried; it was working well.
Press f2 )
you just change the first boot from internal hard drive..
try to install windows from a DVD ..

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