Error : “Setup was unable to create a new system partition”

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Hello! I have a little problem installing Windows Server 2008. I tried installing it unattended using unattend.xml. I did this on a virtual machine that has three drives—C:, D:, and E:–partitions I created using DiskPart before actually clicking setup.exe. The problem is once I start the installation, I get this error message saying “Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.” I have no idea what’s going on and I am hoping you could help me. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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Error : “Setup was unable to create a new system partition”


Hallo Bobbie_Britt,

When installing the Windows Server 2008, are you making sure that you are installing it on a partition that has enough space for it to reside on? The problem is that you could be pointing the installation to reside on a partition that does not have enough space hence the error occurring.

From the three partitions C, D and E, locate the one that has enough space for the Windows Server 2008 to reside and then install it on that partition. Make sure that you format the partition if it had any other operating system on it so that Windows Server 2008 becomes the one to boot with.


Clair Charles

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