GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a format for partition tables that was designed within the UEFI specification by Intel. It was designed as the successor to the Master Boot Record partition tables.

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Benefits of UEFI or GPT for dual booting

What can be the possible benefits of UEFI or GPT for multi booting? Does using these new technologies remove the problem of fixing GRUB when installing Linux(Ubuntu) and then Windows? I am ...
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Is it possible to recover data after disk' gpt to mbr conversion?

I tried to install windows that requires mbr system to a gpt system. I converted gpt to mbr using diskpart utility. After it all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of space) ...
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windows 7 hanging at “starting windows” screen after installing on preinstalled windows 8

i got this HP laptop and windows 8 was preinstalled but i wanted to have windows 7 and ubuntu only (don't ask why). so being unaware of the whole GPT - MBR thing i went ahead and deleted all the ...
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What does this libparted warning message mean?

I have a FAT partition on my disk, and I want to shrink its size. But when I do, I got the following warning. File system doesn't have expected sizes for Windows to like it. Cluster size is 8k ...
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new windows 8.1 alongside with linux

I have pretty serious problem while installing any linux alongside windows 8.1. While trying to install, linux showing that my disk is empty, despite that i just installed windows a moment ago. Same ...
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What are those empty partitions on my UEFI/GPT partitioned disk for?

I'd like to know what's with all those unnamed partitions. I've always thought they are what they say they are (recoveries and what not), why are there so many of them? And why do they all say 100% ...
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Cloning Windows 7 installation from MBR to GPT drive and make it bootable

I've seen threads on similar topics - such as this one - but the answers never seem to solve how to make it bootable. I have Win 7 64-bit on a PC installed on a 2tb MBR volume. The motherboard is ...
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Booting a GPT USB key on older BIOS laptop

I have an old HP EliteBook 8530p, which does not support booting from GPT USB (GPT HDDs are fine though). Lately I had the wish to have a fast-to-start OS for browsing, smaller web tasks, etc., so I ...
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cant install windows 7 or 8.1 . The selected disk is of the GPT partition style

I can't install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 so that I won't lose my data on 2nd disk. Any way to back up the data? or install Windows without formating 2nd disk?
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Recreate MacBook Pro's overwritten GPT partition table

Already, neither Testdisk not GParted's rescue option have been able to recover the original partitions, so I think I have to recreate them manually. I'm on a late 2011 MacBook Pro with the stock ...
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Windows 8.1 installation from USB after deleting Windows Boot Manager in BIOS/UEFI

I removed Windows Boot Manager option from BIOS (UEFI) with EasyUEFI, after reboot I got an error message about broken BCD, need to be recovered, I tried to reinstall Windows 8.1.1 Pro X64 from USB ...
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Disk partition order concern for dual booting Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

When dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on a UEFI system with GPT Disk, is the order of the partition, on which I install the OSes, of any concern? Previously, after the EFI Sytem Partition and ...
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How can I add 4TB SATA disk to motherboard without formatting ?

I had a 4TB seagate USB3.0 hard drive with data. I took the case out and got the internal SATA drive from that case. Then I joined it to my Intel D975XBX2 motherboard with SATA cables, but the ...
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How to convert MBR with extended partition to GPT?

I have a disk with extended partition, and are all used. Now, I want to convert this disk to GPT. But GPT does not support extended partition. I wonder if it would be possible? Or maybe the extended ...
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What are GPT Protective volumes on Windows 8 and can they be recovered?

I have seen a few GPT Protective volumes now with Windows 8.x. These are default configurations where the users are very "un-savvy" and so they did not enable anything as far as additional security ...
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Data recovery on bitlocker drives? [duplicate]

I have a Windows 8 drive that had the GPT Protective partition converted to MBR in an attempt to read it on another system. The user then did not see the drive yet still and converted it back to GPT. ...
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Restore automatic bootup of Windows 8 in UEFI

My Acer AMD laptop came bundled with Windows 8.0 in UEFI. The state it's in now is that every boot stops at a prompt, and I have to hit ENTER at this screen to continue: How can I make this ...
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creating UEFI USB Boot stick using rufus option gives errors

I am trying to install windows 7 from a USB UEFI stick that I tried to create in vain. I read other posts on creating UEFI USB Boot sticks and found Rufus the most convenient option . However , Rufus ...
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UEFI with MBR partition table?

i want to convert current GPT partition table to MBR. But my laptop has UEFI, so is it safe UEFI with MBR partition table? or maybe i am misunderstanding about UEFI/GPT things?
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grub2-bios-setup: warning: this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible

Grub2 won't install on a hdd with GPT partition label (without --force), complaining about a missing BIOS boot partion - even though there is one. The first partition (1 MB) is supposed to be used as ...
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Installing a 3TB drives on Debian

I am using an internal hard drive USB adapter to mount backup drives. The adapter was working well with my previous 1GB backup drives. We just got two new 3TB hard drives. We connected it with the ...
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Partitions on GPT disk are not in the recommended order?

I want to install a clean RTM Windows 8.0 on a laptop that came with OEM Windows 8.0 pre-installed. I have a working ISO image on DVD. The problem is that the setup program complains about ...
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Linux tools that can partition GPT with proper alignment

Proper partition alignment ensures ideal performance during data access. Incorrect partition alignment will cause reduced performance, especially with regard to SSDs (with an internal page size of ...
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Automount NTFS partition with EFI/GPT

I have a multiboot laptop with EFI and GPTs. One drive is a shared drive formatted with NTFS. I was going to automount it at boot by modifying bits in /etc/fstab. However: # <file system> ...
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windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. Windows 8.1

I have a ASUS R500A notebook.Original OS is Windows 7 64bit.Few days ago I tried to Install Windows 8.1 64 bit version.But it failed & error message is, windows cannot be installed on this ...
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How can I manually partition and provision a Windows 8 USB install drive with UEFI bios and GPT scheme?

For whatever reason, I cannot get the windows 7 and windows 8 usb install tools to see my usbdrive, even though my bios can. How can I manually (from elevated command prompt) partition and provision ...
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3TB Hard drive stops reading/locks up after a few minutes of use

This has been driving me a little batty lately as i dont understand enough to fix the problem. My HTPC (Windows 7Pro 32bit) currently has two USB HDD plugged in under separate ports. The 2TB is a ...
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How can I move an Win 8.1 GPT EFI installation to a smaller disk?

which programs do you use to move a whole HDD (GPT EFI Win8.1 installation with the "boot" and "reserved" partition) to a (~10MB) smaller one? I tried "mini tool partition wizard" and "gparted live" ...
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How can I edit a file on a GPT partition, SLAX linux

I have installed ESXi v5.5 on a white box and need to insert a particular parameter into the boot.cfg file. I created a bootable USB drive (SLAX Linux) and can see the device /dev/sda, but can't mount ...
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Oops I broke my MBR. What do I do?

Note: I just posted this on the mac stack exchange, but they didn't have tags for MBR or GPT so I thought I might have better luck over here... I installed Mavericks a couple weeks ago and discovered ...
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Removable disk, hybrid GPT/MBR

I'm trying to set up a USB HD with GPT so that partition 1 is accessible under all versions of Windows. Sounds easy, right? (In particular, I'm not trying to boot Windows. I just want to plug in a ...
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Default Mac 500GB partitions

I am trying repair hosed partitions on a Macbook. It has a 500 GB drive and as far as I know, it was a standard install with no Bootcamp. I ran testdisk and it found: EFI System 40 409639 Mac HFS ...
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EFI GPT Windows 7 boot-loader/manager issue and grub

My computer(asus N76VM 64 bit) with windows 7 (64 bit home professional) pre-installed got in a bad state while partitioning from a later installed Ubuntu environment. This had lead me to run testdisk ...
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Out of Band Disk Partitioning and Tables [closed]

Our current methods of disk partitioning involve storing the partition layout on the disk itself, right along with the data. It's easy to screw up the data in a disk : just wipe out the partition ...
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Can't install Windows 8 on a UEFI with GPT laptop?

I had Windows 8 (Single language) pre-installed on my new laptop ... and it has lags..i tried to make refresh or reset and it told me that (The driver is locked) So i managed to make a clean install ...
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dual boot preinstalled windows 8 laptop with windows 7

I am having a hard disk in gpt partition style and Windows 8 is pre-installed in uefi mode. While trying to dual boot using usb bootable disk(using rufus,gpt partition style,fat32),it displays ...
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Can only see 1.6 tb with an 4 x 4tb raid 0

Im trying to have window see my raid 0 array. Please also note that I did research on google before coming on here. Ok so i just bought a z87-deluxe Dual and trying to set 4 x 4tb drive in a raid 0 ...
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Fix GPT on Win7

I have a GPT partitioned HDD which isn't recoqnized by windows. The disk management shows the entire disk as unallocated. I am 100% sure that the partitions and their file systems are undamaged. ...
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How to convert MBR disk to GPT disk on Windows XP? [duplicate]

My new harddrive is larger than 2TB, and for some reasons I have to convert it to GPT disk so I can use all the space. How can I convert my WD Red 3TB into GPT disk so I can use all its capacity? I ...
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Can't recognize 4TB GPT HDD in Windows Explorer

OS: Windows 8 HDD: 4TB WD Green plugged in to a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk PC: Awesome home rig to Acer Aspire U all-in-one. So this is a pretty weird problem. The drive worked perfectly fine on ...
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what is difference between gpt partition and mbr partition and where structure differs?

Where GPT table using and MBR partition table using. Windows 8 installing and booting in UEFI mode so it is supporting GPT partition style so we can create 128 primary partitions using windows8? can ...
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When partitioning devices for zfsonlinux, what is the correct “Partition type GUID” to use, or is this important at all?

I want to use zfsonlinux on a Debian system. Since I have advanced format drives and will employ LUKS, I have to partition the device by hand. A forum entry at archlinux.org points out that the ...
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Why can't CDs/DVDs be partitioned?

Nearly everywhere it's written that it's not possible.. But why? Why can't I dump a GPT/MBR partition table in the first sector? Basically dump a disk layout with sector size 2048... Now I'm sure ...
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Change ZFS disk references to use GPTID instead of GEOM name?

I've built a FreeNAS rig on a sweet little HP ProLiant MicroServer. Storage wise, I've created a 3 disk ZFS pool using RAIDZ1. I started out with 3 small disks, while getting familiar with FreeNAS, ...
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Reinstall OEM copy of windows 8 as mbr?

Currently the system is using UEFI with a gpt partitioning table, running windows 8. I was wondering whether there is any way to reinstall windows 8 (I have made recovery disks) in such a fashion ...
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How do I convert a MBR disk containing a Windows boot partition to a GPT disk while leaving the boot partition bootable?

I have an existing Windows 7 64-bit boot partition on a 3 TB hard drive, which is an MBR disk. My BIOS is definitely a UEFI BIOS. The motherboard is a Asrock Z77E-ITX (see ...
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Installing Windows Server 2012 with a 4TB Hard Drive giving me GTP Error + deceted as 2TB

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2012 for a new NAS/Backup build. The primary error is Windows only detecting 2.2TB at install out of 4TB. I have plugged the HDD into another computer and ...
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USB hard drive moved to internal, now shows GPT Protective Partition

I'm using Windows 8.1. Using a brand new 1TB hard drive, I attached it to a SATA to USB connector, formatted it and transferred about 500GB of data to it. I don't remember if I formatted it as GPT, I ...
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Installing Win 7 To GPT and Why My UEFI Mobo Won't Boot From CD Unless In Legacy Mode

Double whammy question comin' at ya: Firstly, my UEFI bios on my Acer laptop absolutely refuses to boot from CD/DVD unless I revert to legacy mode. Disabling secure boot and leaving UEFI enabled ...
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Installing windows server 2008 on SSD with GPT and EFI

I recently purchased a new Samsung 840 EVO with a few other components, to rebuild a machine that has been on the verge of extinction. With the SSD purchase, I also purchased a new motherboard from ...