Manjaro fails to create partition

Im having problems installing manjaro linux. It cant create a partition on my hard drive. The partition from where i made free space out of was labeled as a logical drive on the windows partition manager. heres the error:

Create a new partition (23.44GiB, ext4) on ‘dev/sda’

Job: Create new partition on device ‘/dev/sda’

Command: sfdisk --force --append /dev/sda

Failed to add partition ‘New Partition’ to device ‘/dev/sda’.

As of this i am using the latest manjaro kde version Ruah 21.3.6 and i am trying to dual boot it with windows 7

from USB live manjaro
can you open a terminal and returns

inxi -Fza 
sudo parted -l

You could try a different approach:

  1. create partitions within Win7 with a built-in tool called Disk Management
  2. launch Manjaro live USB, use Gparted (a GUI utility) to format the new partitions to ext4 (and a swap, if you want).
  3. then launch installer.

Here is what it returns:

  Kernel: 5.15.57-2-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
    misobasedir=manjaro misolabel=MANJARO_KDE_2136 quiet
    systemd.show_status=1 driver=free nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.6 tk: Qt v: 5.15.5 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1
    dm: SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Portable System: Dell product: Inspiron N5010 v: A02
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Dell model: 0WXY9J v: A02 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI-[Legacy]: Dell v: A02 date: 04/09/2010
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 2.7 Wh (100.0%) condition: 2.7/48.8 Wh (5.5%)
    volts: 11.3 min: 11.1 model: Samsung DELL 7XFJJ05 type: Li-ion
    serial: <filter> status: full
  Info: model: Intel Core i3 M 350 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Westmere
    gen: core 1 built: 2010-11 process: Intel 32nm family: 6
    model-id: 0x25 (37) stepping: 2 microcode: 0x11
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 2 tpc: 2 threads: 4 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 128 KiB desc: d-2x32 KiB; i-2x32 KiB L2: 512 KiB desc: 2x256 KiB
    L3: 3 MiB desc: 1x3 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2261 min/max: 931/2261 scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq
    governor: schedutil cores: 1: 2261 2: 2261 3: 2261 4: 2261 bogomips: 18094
  Flags: ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT
  Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode;
    SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: mmio_stale_data status: Not affected
  Type: retbleed status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
    prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
    STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics vendor: Dell
    driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-5.75 process: Intel 45nm built: 2010
    ports: active: LVDS-1 empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,VGA-1 bus-ID: 00:02.0
    chip-ID: 8086:0046 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: Microdia Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_1.3M type: USB
    driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-1.6:5 chip-ID: 0c45:6461 class-ID: 0e02
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa gpu: i915 display-ID: :0
    screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 361x203mm (14.21x7.99")
    s-diag: 414mm (16.31")
  Monitor-1: LVDS-1 model: Seiko Epson 0x5441 built: 2009 res: 1366x768
    hz: 60 dpi: 101 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x194mm (13.54x7.64")
    diag: 395mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1366x768
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics (ILK) v: 2.1 Mesa 22.1.4
    direct render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio vendor: Dell
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:3b56
    class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.57-2-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.56 running: yes
  Device-1: Broadcom BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Dell
    Inspiron M5010 / XPS 8300 driver: bcma-pci-bridge v: N/A modules: bcma
    pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 12:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:4727
    class-ID: 0280
  Device-2: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Dell
    driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: e000
    bus-ID: 13:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8136 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp19s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-1: wlp18s0b1 state: down mac: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 305.62 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Samsung model: HN-M320MBB
    size: 298.09 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
    type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: 0001 scheme: MBR
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer
    size: 7.53 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
    type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 7.01 scheme: MBR
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
  Message: No partition data found.
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  System Temperatures: cpu: 64.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): fan-1: 3000
  Processes: 190 Uptime: 2m wakeups: 1 Memory: 3.64 GiB used: 1.47 GiB
  (40.4%) Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical tool: systemctl
  Compilers: gcc: 12.1.0 clang: 14.0.6 Packages: pacman: 1210 lib: 321
  flatpak: 0 Shell: Zsh v: 5.9 default: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole
  inxi: 3.3.20

Model: ATA SAMSUNG HN-M320M (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 320GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  67.1MB  66.1MB  primary   ntfs         boot
 2      67.1MB  99.4GB  99.4GB  primary   ntfs
 3      99.4GB  137GB   37.8GB  primary   ntfs
 4      194GB   320GB   126GB   extended               lba
 5      194GB   288GB   94.2GB  logical   ntfs
 6      288GB   320GB   32.2GB  logical   ntfs

Model: SanDisk Cruzer (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 8087MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
 2      3565MB  3569MB  4194kB  primary               esp

The free space on your disk must first be integrated into your extended partition as you use already the four possible primary partitions of an msdos parted disk. This could be done either with Windoof tools or you use Gparted from a live install. Then you need to create another logical partition inside your extended partition. If this was successful, make sure to boot your install media in BIOS mode as you have Windoze installed in BIOS mode as well. This can be achieved by booting from the entry without UEFI in the name from your firmware.

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Thanks i fixed it and now it installed successfully

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