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I am trying to install Windows 8. I have just bought 2 new corsair 120GB Force 3 SSDs.

I set them up in a raid 0 (stripped) configuration. When it came to choosing where to install windows I got the error message - "We couldn't create a new partition or locate and existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files"

I have tried clicking the new button and creating a new partition. I have tried formatting the partition. I have tried clicking the 'load driver' and loading the IRST raid drivers. None of these attempts helped.

Then I deleted the RAID volume and unconfigured the RAID in the BIOS and tried installing Windows 8 on just a single drive. I made all the same attempts without trying to do RAID but I still ran into the exact same error.

Do you know what the solution is? Thanks for your help!

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read your setup log files, might have something to do with raid drivers missing


Log location before Setup can access the drive.


Log location when Setup rolls back in the event of a fatal error.


Log location of Setup actions after disk configuration.


Used to log Plug and Play device installations.


Location of memory dump from bug checks.


Location of log minidumps from bug checks.


Location of Sysprep logs.

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Thanks for the help Moab! However I tried again and all of a sudden I was able to create a partition. I don't know what it could have been though, I really don't know how anything was different the final time. But never mind it is working! – Duncan Gravill Aug 20 '12 at 23:09
@FunkyFresh84 glad you got it installed. – Moab Aug 21 '12 at 1:02

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