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Failed to Create a New Partition on the Selected Unused Space? Fix Now!

Updated by Roxanne on Nov 11, 2022

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Receive Error Message While Installing Windows?
The Reason for "Failed to Create a New Partition on the Selected Unused Space"
Methods to Fix "Failed to Create a New Partition on the Selected Unused Space"

Receive Error Message While Installing Windows?

Catch a real case from answer.microsoft.com:

Error "Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space" while installing Windows 7. In installation of Windows 7, while i make partition i am not able to make a partition of 200 gb free space. The type of this space is extended. While making partition error 0x8004240f occurs with a message: Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space. [Error:0x8004240f]. Please help.

When following the steps to install Windows OS (Windows 7/8/10/11) from a removable device, your PC will ask you to select a partition to install Windows. If the select disk marked as "Unallocated Space", you will receive an error message while creating a new partition - "Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space. [Error: 0x8007045d or 0x8004240f]."

Fail to create a new partition on selected partition

Can this error be fixed? This article provides workable solutions explaining how to fix it with professional tools.

The Reason for "Failed to Create a New Partition on the Selected Unused Space"

If you receive the error message "Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space," which is similar to "we couldn't create a new partition". The disk management tool could not create a new partition on the selected space. This can happen for several reasons, including if the space is too small or if there are already too many partitions on the disk.

Other common installation error:

Methods to Fix "Failed to Create a New Partition on the Selected Unused Space"

You can use two methods to fix the "Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space" error. The first is to use the Command Prompt, and the second is to use the third-party partition manager. We'll go over both methods in this article. 

If you're having trouble using the commands, you can click method 2 to fix the "Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space" error. 

Solution 1. Use Command Prompt to Clean and Create New Partition
Solution 2. Merge Partitions with EaseUS Partition Master

Solution 1. Use Command Prompt to Clean and Create New Partition

Note: Don't exit the Windows installation screen. Stay here and follow the steps to run Diskpart

Step 1. In Windows Setup, press the Shift + F10 shortcut key to open the Command Prompt window.

Step 2. When the Command Prompt open, type the commands:

Type diskpart and press Enter.

Type select disk X (X equals to target disk number) and click Enter. Then you will see "Disk X is the selected disk".

Type clean all and hit Enter. (It will take some time. Then you get "DiskPart succeed in cleaning the disk.") 

Step 3. Create a single partition.

Type create partition primary size=102400 and then press Enter.

Type exit and press Enter.

Solution 2. Merge Partitions with EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master Free is a great and safe software to manage partitions, merge, create, delete, etc. With this partition manager, you can resize, extend, merge, and split partition without data loss. Moreover, this partition magic can convert dynamic disk to basic and convert MBR to GPT for Windows 10/8/7 and Server 2016/2012/2008/2003 (32 bit and 64 bit). EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition is a FREE ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management freeware. It helps merge partitions without data loss.

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Step 1: Select the target partition

Right-click on the partition which you want to add space to and keep, and select "Merge".

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Step 2: Select a neighbor partition to merge

Select one partition next to the former selected partition to merge.

Select partitions to merge

And click "OK" to continue.

Confirm merge partitions

Step 3: Execute operation to merge partitions

1. Click the "Execute Task" button at the top and then click "Apply".
2. The program will merge space and add files from the second partition to the first partition.

Select partitions to merge

People Also Want to Know

How do I create a partition with unallocated space?

To Create a partition from unallocated space:

1. Right-click the Windows icon and select Disk Management.

2. Select the disk on which you want to create a partition.

3. Right-click the unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.

4. Enter the partition size and click Next.

Can not create partition from unallocated space?

Inability to create a new partition? It may be due to too many peripherals connected simultaneously. So you can disconnect all external drives from the computer.

How do I fix the new partition error in Windows 10 installation?

You can use DiskPart to create a new partition. Once you get the new partition error, exit the setup wizard. Select Repair option -> Advanced Tools -> Command Prompt

Then type commands to create partition.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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