Right from the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I have been playing with Windows 8 CP installation and lurking around in different forums in order to see what problems people are facing while using the new Windows 8. I have seen the following error while installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview many times in different forums:
We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the setup log files
I have been reading through the forums and trying to re-create the error message on my PC. It turns out that there are a few causes to this problem. Let’s discuss all of them here.
Windows 8 can only accept a maximum of 4 primary drives. I have have more than 4, the setup will give you the same error message. You can get rid of the message by disconnecting the additional hard drives while installing Windows.
If you have SSD-Card installed on your computer, Windows 8 will usually fail to recognize it during installation and will give the same error of not being able to create a new partition or locate an existing one. The work around of this problem is to temporarily disconnect the SSD-Card and install Windows 8 on the HDD. When the installation is complete, you can insert the SSD-Card again.
Another possible problem can be of your BIOS settings. This is especially the case when you are booting Windows 8 using a VHD image. You should see that the HDD drive on which you are installing Windows 8 CP should be on top of the booting and channel list.
Another person was also able to solve this problem by disabling all the USB and SATA ports. But if you are using a SATA HDD, you should keep the port on which the HDD is installed open.
I hope you will find these solutions helpful and do let me know whether you have been able to get rid of the error or not through comments below. What types of problems are you facing with Windows 8?