Wondershare Recoverit

File Recovery

  • Recovers deleted or lost files effectively, safely and completely.
  • Supports data recovery from 500+ data loss scenarios, including computer crash, partition loss, accidental human error, etc.
  • Supports 1000+ file formats recovery with a high success rate and without any quality loss.
Free Download Free Download Free Download Learn More >
file recovery

Fixed: we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one

Wondershare Recoverit Authors

Jul 17, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

As great as Windows 10 OS is, updating it is not as great as it should be. The process of upgrading your Windows to the latest Windows 10 version is fraught with several challenges. Users of this OS often complain of several errors with one of them being "we couldn't create a new partition error" message. This type of error can stop you from installing this OS altogether, but we want to help you overcome this challenge, hence our decision to compile this easy to use tutorial.

Overview of this error: We couldn't create a new partition

We couldn't create a new partition is an error commonly reported in these forms when users are trying to upgrade their Windows system

How to fix we couldn't create a new Partition error

Below we have provided a detailed process of how to fix this error. Go through them carefully and if you must use any of the solutions make sure you follow the steps as they are spelled out

Solution 1 – Use Diskpart

Before you use Diskpart, disconnect all external drives from your PC. Also, make sure you have a backup created for your files as this step will erase all the files on your drive. Follow these steps.

disk 0 assign (press enter)

disk 0 format is=ntfs quick (press enter)

disk 0 active (press enter)

disk 0 clean (press enter)

disk 0 create partition plan (press enter)

Solution 2 – Activate Partition

To fix this error another option you can use is to set the partition to primary. A Diskpart tool can be used to do this using the same steps listed in the first solution above. After starting the Diskpart tool, follow these steps.


We couldn't create a new partition Windows 10 USB

For USB's here are reliable solutions to fix the error.

Solution 1 – Use a bootable DVD

Some users complain that their USB 3.0 flash drives cause partition creation errors. USB 2.0 drives are also not immune to this kind of error too. To be on a safe side, install Windows using a bootable Windows 10 DVD instead of a flash drive

Solution 2 – Disconnect additional USB drives from your PC

If you don't have a bootable DVD, but a flash drive is all you have, make sure you disconnect any other flash drive from your PC and leave only the flash drive you are working with.

Solution 3 – Reconnect your USB flash drive

Another trick that may work is to unplug the USB drive from the USB port and then reconnect it. If you still can't create a new partition, try connecting the drive to another USB Port.

Solution 4 – Set hard drive as the first boot device

Some systems have been known to set BIOS as the first boot device, and this often triggers a "we couldn't create a new partition" to message. To fix it, set your flash drive as the first boot device, then reconnect the drive and restart the system again. As the system is booting, press (F12, F11, and F10) to select the flash drive as a boot device.

If the Boot menu is not enabled on your device, go to BIOS to change it manually.

Solution 5 – Use a 3rd party Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB drive

Your Media Creation tool may be the cause of the error message, but no need to fret over it. Simply go on online and download a third-party creation tool for free. There are so many of them you can use like Recoverit Partition Recovery tool to create a bootable flash drive.

Solution 6 – Convert the partition to GPT format

If none of the other solutions has worked, don't lose hope, perhaps this one will. Try converting the MBR partition to GPT. Why? This is because GPT partitions are more advanced and do not have some of the limitations of MBR, and it works well with UEFI.


To convert to GPT

Solution 7 – Use a third-party tool

If you don't know how to use command-line tools, a third party tool may help recover and copy lost Partitions.

Try using Recoverit Software

We couldn't create a new partition Windows 10 SSD


For those who have not been able to install Windows on SSD, disabling other hard drives except for SSD can remedy the situation. After disconnecting all external drives with SSD being the only recognized drive in the system, the Windows installer will recognize it. Deleting existing partitions on the SSD will create new space for Windows 10 to be installed.

Failure to create a new partition is one error that any of our solutions will fix. It has worked for many of our readers, and we are very sure that one of them will work for you if you try them.

Recoverit author

Theo Lucia

chief Editor

Home > Resources > Windows Computer Solutions > Fixed: we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one