Can't Install From Thumb Drive

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by El_Heffe, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. El_Heffe

    El_Heffe MDL Member

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    I have run into this same exact problem with Windows 8 and Windows 10.

    I used Rufus to create a bootable thumb drive. My computer boots from the thumb drive just fine and the Windows setup runs normally, until I get to the screen where I select which hard drive I want to install Windows on. Then I get an error message which says:

    "Cannot create a new partition or find an existing partition"

    BUT, if if take that same exact ISO and burn it onto a DVD, it installs just fine. No errors, everything works.

    What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    Are you installing it on a UEFI Windows system?
     
  3. znx

    znx MDL Novice

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    I used "windows 7 usb/dvd download tool" downloaded from the official microsoft site (select win10.iso etc) and it works fine
     
  4. joe2013

    joe2013 MDL Novice

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    Same here, installed 2PC, no problem at all...
     
  5. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Rufus isn't 100% compatible for real MS ISO's! For real MS ISO's use Microsoft's Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool only and you'll not face such problems.
     
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  6. El_Heffe

    El_Heffe MDL Member

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    OK. Thanks. Will give it a try.
     
  7. El_Heffe

    El_Heffe MDL Member

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    No. 3 year old motherboard with BIOS. Will try the MS tool and see what happens.
     
  8. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    On the contrary, it is. On the other hand, Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool always formats the USB drive as NTFS, which can't be used for UEFI booting without supplying additional NTFS driver.

    Check carefully, my laptop is from 2012 & it supports UEFI booting.
     
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  9. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Sorry Tito, nearly ALL MS ISO's I was try to use with created USB Sticks by Rufus FAILED! Never had any fail with MS 's own Tool with MS ISO's! Rufus may works for some original MS ISO's but ALL!

    About the UEFI, you're right. But the MS tool was build for Windows 7 at those time and MS didn't has done a new one AFAIK!
     
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  10. Underclocked

    Underclocked MDL Member

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    I have no problem just using 7-zip to extract the iso to thumb drives.
     
  11. Tito

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  12. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Various error's, the last one was with the ISO of 9841 downloaded from MS Website which wouldn't boot created on an USB Stick. Others were Network Driver error, HDD not found and others. All were not any problems with the MS Tool.

    Posting that here at MDL would go into endless discussion and therefore useless because I got an alternative already!
     
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  13. El_Heffe

    El_Heffe MDL Member

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    I used the Microsoft tool and still had the same problem. "Cannot create a new partition or find an existing partition".

    But if I burn the ISO to a DVD then it install fine with no problem.

    Oh well. I installed Win 10 from a DVD and it sucks just as bad as Win 8. So I just went back to Win 7.