How to Fix ‘We Couldn’t Create a New Partition or Locate’ Error Message

Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s popular operating system. While many people love the upgrade due to the huge number of improvements over Windows 7 and 8, others are having problems getting it installed or updated. If you are experiencing any of the following errors during installation or updating, we recommend reading our guide to help fix them.

What Is a Partition

A partition is a section of a hard disk drive where you can store files. It looks like a separate disk drive, but it actually shares space with the main disk drive. You can use partitions to organize data into groups, making it easier to find specific information. For example, you might want to keep certain documents together while storing others separately.

Partitions are useful because they make it easy to divide up your computer’s storage space. However, there are some downsides to having multiple drives on your PC. First, you’ll probably end up paying more for additional hard drive space. Second, each partition requires its own operating system. So, if you’re running Windows 7, 8, 10, or Mac OS X, you’ll need to install different versions of those operating systems on each partition.

Why Are Partitions Important

Partitions are important for many reasons. You can use partitions to store information, such as files, pictures, music, videos, documents, etc. Partitions let you keep multiple copies of your data in case something goes wrong. If your hard drive crashes, you can simply copy over your data onto a new drive and continue working. Partitions can also give you a lot of flexibility in how you organize your computer.

For instance, you could put your most used programs on a separate partition, while keeping less frequently used software on the main operating system. This lets you access everything quickly without having to go into your secondary storage. Finally, partitions allow you to install different operating systems on your computer. With partitions, you can choose whether you want to boot into Windows, Linux, macOS, or some other OS.

Why Can’t My Computer Locate or Create a Partition

If you’re having trouble locating or creating partitions on a hard drive, it’s probably because there are no free ones left. In fact, there aren’t many reasons why your computer won’t be able to find one anymore. However, there are some things that might cause your computer to stop finding partitions. Here are three common causes of the problem.

  • Disk Drive Issues: Your computer might not be able to see partitions because something went wrong with the disk itself. This could mean that the disk is damaged or broken. If you’ve recently changed the disk, make sure you didn’t accidentally drop it. You’ll want to replace it immediately.
  • File Structure Issues: The way your files are organized on a disk can affect whether or not your computer is able to see the partitions. For example, if you have a lot of empty space on your disk, Windows 7 might not be able to recognize those spaces as part of a partition. To solve this issue, you’ll want to move files around so that they take up less room on the disk.
  • Competing Disks: Another possible cause of partitioning problems is competition between disks. Your computer needs to know where to look for data on the disk. If another disk is plugged into your PC, it might interfere with the process. To resolve this issue, unplug the second disk.

How to Fix My Computer Not Creating or Locating a New Partition

Using “diskpart” In Order to Create a New Partition

If the Windows 10 updating wizard wasn’t able to create a new partition where Windows 10 could be installed as an additional OS, you might have to do it manually. This process is easy to understand and it should fix your issue quickly.

Note: Before we start this procedure make sure that you don’t have any SD cards attached to your computer. Also, note that this process will erase everything on your hard drive. So, make sure you’ve got a backup ready before doing anything else.

  1. To begin, open the command prompt window by pressing Win+R keys and typing “cmd”.
  2. Now, type “diskpart” and hit Enter key. Diskpart utility will display a list of disks present on your computer.
  3. Select the one that contains the hard drive you want to format and press Enter key again.
  4. The next step is to select the desired volume and press Enter key once again.
  5. Now, select the desired partition and press Enter key.
  6. You are now asked to choose whether you want to set up dynamic disks or basic disks. Choose the option you prefer, enter Y and press Enter key.
  7. Next, you’ll see a warning about deleting data. Press Yes and continue.
  8. The next screen asks you to specify the size of the partition. Type the number of MB you’d like to allocate to Windows 10 and press Enter key.
  9. Finally, press Enter key twice to confirm the changes.

Disconnect Every Storage and Peripheral Device From Your Computer

When you encounter “We couldn’t create a New Partition”, you might think that you’ve done something wrong. But actually, this error is caused simply because there are some peripherals connected, such as an internal HDD, SSD, USB flash drive or an SD card, and the installation program cannot access those devices. So just disconnect all external storage drive(s), and try again. You’ll see that everything works fine now. Don’t worry about losing data; once you disconnect all peripheral devices, you won’t lose anything.

Activate the Partition

You might think it’s enough to just install Windows 10, but there are some things you need to do beforehand. For example, Microsoft recommends creating a partition on your hard drive where you plan to install Windows 10. This way, you won’t accidentally overwrite files that belong to another operating system. To activate the partition, follow these steps:

  1. PressWindows key+X.
  2. Type “diskpart” without quotes, and then hit enter.
  3. Type “list disk” without quotes, and hit enter.
  4. Note down the letter of the drive that contains your primary partition. In my case, I’m looking at D: so I’ll type “select disk d:” without quotes and hit enter.
  5. Now we need to find out what the size of our partition is. We can do this by typing “active” without quotes and hitting enter.
  6. Once you see the number of sectors listed, multiply that value by 512. So, in my case, I’d type “size 4096*512,” and hit enter.

Set the Hard Drive as the First Boot Device

When you install Windows, it usually goes into the MBR, Master Boot Record, of the primary hard disk. This is where Windows stores critical information about how to start up the operating system. However, there are times when you want to use another storage device such as a flash drive or DVD to load Windows.

If you do this, you must make sure that the hard drive is set as the first boot device. Otherwise, Windows might think that the storage device contains a hard drive and try to create partitions on it, resulting in an error stating that we couldn’t create a new partion.

To fix this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Power off the PC.
  2. Remove the power supply cord and wait for 5 seconds.
  3. Press the Reset button located under the keyboard.
  4. After resetting, press F2 to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
  5. Select the Advanced Tab.
  6. Click on Change Settings.
  7. Set the Primary Hard Disk as the First Boot Device.
  8. Save the settings and exit the utility.
  9. Restart the computer and let it boot from the newly created partition.

Use a USB 2.0 drive instead of a USB 3.0

The latest Windows 10 update includes the ability to install it directly onto a USB 2.0 port. This feature is intended to speed up the process of installing Windows 10 since you no longer need to use a USB 3.0 device. However, many users are reporting problems while trying to do so. If you’re experiencing issues with this method, try using a USB 2.0 drive instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Use a USB 2 flash drive.
  2. Remove any additional USB drives from your computer.
  3. Plug your USB flash drive back into your computer.
  4. Use a third-party tool.
  5. Set your hard drive (or SSD) as the first boot device in your computer.
  6. Convert the partition to the GPT format.

If you get an "Error creating partition" message when trying to install Windows, it may be because you've created a Windows bootable device incorrectly.

You should have a backup before attempting to repair the partition table. If you don't have a backup, you can use a third-party tool to recover data from damaged partitions.