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 the 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.
We couldn’t create a new partition is an error commonly reported in these forms when users are trying to upgrade their Windows system
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 spelt out
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)
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.
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 errors too. To be on a safe side, install Windows using a bootable Windows 10 DVD instead of a flash drive
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.
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.
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 system again. As the system is booting, press (F12, F11 and F10) to select flash drive as boot device.
If Boot menu is not enabled on your device go to BIOS to change it manually.
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 tool to create a bootable flash drive.
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.
DO NOTE THAT CONVERTING MBR TO GPR WILL ERASE ALL FILES SO MAKE SURE YOU DO A PROPER BACKUP OF ALL YOUR FILES FIRST.
To convert to GPT
If you don’t know how to use command line tools a third party tool may be helpful for recovering and copying lost Partitions.
Try using Recoverit Software
DISCONNECT OTHER HARD DRIVES
For those who have not been able to install Windows on SSD, disabling other hard drives with the exception of SSD can remedy the situation. After disconnecting all external drives with SSD being the only recognized drive in the system, 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.