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"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition" error


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So i just got my brand new N54l and and trying to install windows server 2012 on either the 250gig hard drive that came with the server or 2 750gig wd black drives and i keep getting the error

 

"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"

 

I am not able to get it to go past the screen.  Anyone know how to fix this.  I have been googling but have not found a fix.  

 

I am using a iso program to emulate a hard drive.

 

im burning a win2012 dvd now and wil use my usb cd rom drive to see if i can install it with that..

 

Help!!!

 

thanks in advance
 

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You may be on to something. It could be that the installer is trying to install onto your ISO emulated hard drive. Please let us know how the DVD-based install goes.

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well that worked.  Once i used the usb cd rom drive its worked with out any problems.  installing server 2012 now.  I have used this emulation drive to install 2012 just last week on brand new dell 720 server.  Not sure why  it would not work on the hp server.  

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It sees all physical discs, or at least the ones the BIOS is presenting, which may be the problem.

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I use a USB key and use Microsoft's USB<->DVD Download tool to load their OS .ISO files to it.  I've found there's a definite speed boost in install, so I keep an 8GB flash drive around for the purpose (Server 2012 is just a little too large for a 4GB one).

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If I read the original post correctly, he is using some sort of emulation software and not the traditional method of the MS USB tool.  Is this correct?

 

I have also found that MS's tool will rarely work with non-MS images.

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I was using a Zalman ZM-VE300-B which is a hard drive enclosure.  It has built in software to emulate a cd rom drive.  It works well on everything else I have used but not this system.  

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