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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Install Server 2008 to 3TB drive on Vostro 260

It is possible to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a 3TB GPT hard drive on a Dell Vostro 260? I know that hard drives must be GPT to recognize over 2TB so I formatted it GPT thinking I did ...
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Is there a way to retrieve data from a hard drive that was initialised but where no simple volume was created?

I switched enclosures for my 3.5 inch external hard drive; the drive is a Western Digital. There after the disk showed up in Disk Management but first needed initializing. I used the GPT initializing ...
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Bios doesn't see MBR Hard Disk

I was trying to install steamos as a dual boot but it used to fail because it didn't see windows' free spaces. Someone said convert HDD from GPT to MBR. I did it with gdisk and now my Windows doesn't ...
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How to install Windows 8 without flash drive and dvd? GPT/UEFI

I have my new SSD, on which I want to install Windows 8.1. I have an iso image. So what I normally do when I use MBR on the drive: Create partitions Extract iso to one of the partitions Make that ...
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Convert MBR based install to GPT based

I recently re-installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook, in MBR mode, since I was not able to make the UEFI recognize the flash drive as EFI bootable (then I did not make any research in this topic, but ...
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Recover GPT Unformatted Partition

I have a 500GB HDD, with a partition that I tried to move. After moving it, I found it is still in the starting place, but now I don't have access to it anymore. I tried to recover it with EaseUS ...
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Windows 8 in GPT not hybrid booting

Some days ago I bought a new HDD of 3TB size. I installed Windows 8 "normally", then I noticed that the system could not see all the 3TB of the disk, because the setup automatically choosed to use MBR ...
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Windows boot loader on a Pen Drive (Chain-loader)

I want to convert my hard disk to GPT and install windows 7. Which is now giving an error while installing. What I am planning to do is, Install the boot loader in MBR Partition of a Pen Drive. ...
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How to install windows 8.1 using OEM provided install.wim and boot.wim

Unfortunately, recently, my C drive got corrupted and I had to format the whole partition and reinstall the untouched windows 8. There are 2 recovery partition in my laptop which includes install.wim ...
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How can I create a software RAID mirror of the system drive after installing Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit?

I have a brand new system with UEFI Install of Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit. The OS is installed on a 1TB WD Drive I also have a second 1TB WD drive that is empty alongside it. They both are GPT. I'm having ...
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Clonezilla fails at cloning with mismatched GPT and MBR partition

I got this message: This disk contains mismatched GPT and MBR partition: /dev/sda Clonezilla's FAQ says: You might have installed an OS with GPT partition table, and later overwrite the ...
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Is it safe to convert this partition table from GPT to MBR? [duplicate]

I think I need to convert my partition table from GPT to MBR in order to fix a problem with the bootloader. Here is the output of gdisk -l /dev/sdb GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.8 Partition table ...
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how to install windows 7 on GPT disk partition [duplicate]

I try to install windows 7 on my laptop. The partition I try to install it on is in NTFS format. When I clicking thorugh the installation steps and come to the part were I'm going to choose where ...
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How to restore a DriveImage Backup to a GPT-based system drive

I just bought a new laptop and was trying different things on it. I backed up my system partition with DriveImage XML and made a clean install of Windows to test something new. Later, when I tried to ...
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Debian + 4TB SATA + md RAID - Grub won't install, or if it does, won't boot

I'm trying to get Debian 7.8 amd64 setup on an system (G3220 CPU, mobo is an Asus H81I+) onto which I've installed two 4TB SATA hard drives. I admit I'm not up to snuff on EFI and such. My goal is ...
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GPT partition table is corrupt after every one to three reboots

After 2 or three power cycles, I get the grub rescue menu. I use a Ubuntu LiveCD to check my drive status and gparted says that my drive don't have any partitions. I checked the internet and I found a ...
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Unsupported GPT detected. Use GNU Parted

I'm installing Android-x86 in Dell XPS on SSD disk. I use GPT on SSD disk as follows with using gparted. $ sudo parted -l /dev/sdb Model: ATA SAMSUNG SSD CM85 (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 32.0GB Sector ...
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Layouting a disk image and copying files into it

Before asking here, I tried to search on SU/SE and Google without success. This is the closest thing I got. Basically, I'm trying to do the following: - create a disk image of about 128MB; - create ...
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installing 32-bit windows: diskpart convert mbr error

I have an efi-based 64 bit system with win 8 pre-installed. I want to downgrade to 32-bit win 7 and so I booted up a bootable win 7 usb and opened command-prompt with shift+f10. I used convert mbr ...
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replace efi firmware with old legacy bios?

So I bought a new laptop with 64-bit windows 8 pre-installed, and in preparation for downgrading to win7 32-bit, i've been reading about EFI and MBR etc.. It seems like the firmware which boots disks ...
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How do I convert an EFI System Partition into a normal GPT partition?

I had a Windows 8.1 that required a re-install. In the process, my 4TB secondary disk is now showing up in Disk Management as an EFI System Partition, with no volume. In DISKPART, a volume is shown, ...
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Windows 10 Tech Preview error: “Windows cannot be installed on MBR disks”. My hard drive is GPT. Why am I getting this error?

I'm trying to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview from a USB drive. The hard drive I'm trying to install on has multiple partitions and is formatted with a GPT partition table. When I start up ...
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What is the use of a Read Only partition?

What is the use of a read-only partition? I am particularly interested in gpt-formatted disks. If the partition is read-only, then data cannot be written to it. If we're reading data from it, then how ...
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Secondary Internal HDD Vanishes/Reappears Randomly In Windows 8.1

To clarify, I'm referring to entire disks disappearing, not just partitions. The PC in question is an HP Pavilion 2325DX. Both drives are variants of HGST. One is in the primary slot, the other is in ...
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mSATA size mismatch and inaccessible partition strangeness

Trying to do data recovery on an mSATA SSD from an Acer laptop... Kingston SMSR150S3/256GB First symptom was simply Windows not booting. Older history of the disk from when the laptop was purchased ...
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How to change the partition scheme

I want to change the partition scheme in my 500 GB HDD from MBR to GPT scheme without losing DATA on it. What are the traditional tools to do this on both windows 7 and Linux(ubuntu)? And what are the ...
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Install Windows 7 after Ubuntu: Cannot install because of GPT partition

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on a NTFS partition after installing Ubuntu 14.04. But it says that I'm using a GPT partition. The solution I found was to erase everything, then install Windows 7 then ...
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Remove GPT filesystem on USB

I have an old 8GB USB stick with a GPT filesystem hanging around. I'd like to move it to a more familiar fs, as NTFS or FAT32, but the usual mkfs doesn't seem to work since there is no /dev/sdb1 (as ...
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Windows 8.1 upgrade blew out other OSes on GPT disks?

I was multibooting an EFI laptop. The laptop was using GPTs, was using SecureBoot, and it had Windows 8.0, Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian on it. I updated the laptop to Windows 8.1 through the free App ...
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Windows 7x64 pro formatting of ST6000NM0024 6tb drive

I'm wondering if anyone is having success installing one of these drives into a Windows 7 Pro x64 system. I'm able to: attach the drive see it in my BIOS boot Windows, bring up the Disk Management ...
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GParted leaves 1MB unallocated space at end of external HDD, override/alternative?

I only say external HD, I don’t have this issue with internal HDs. I created a GPT table, then made one NTFS volume. It shows 1MB unallocated at end of disk. I know it is a backup of the GPT table, ...
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What is the difference between boot manager and boot loader in windows ? Can you have multiple hard drives with different boot manager?

What is the difference between boot manager and boot loader in windows ? Can you have multiple hard drives in a computer with each drive with a different boot manager ? I recently put multiple hard ...
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Does each hard drive need EFI\ESP, MSR system partition if you want to install operating system(s) on each drive?

Suppose, there are at least 5 hard drives: drive1, drive2, drive3, drive4, drive5, .... We want to use first 3 drives to install 5 operating system: windows 8.1, windows 7, windows vista, windows xp, ...
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Windows install on GPT with multiple drives

I've got quite an interesting system configuration here, and I would like to install Windows 10 preview on it. I have 3 drives, out of which one is a SSD. They all have a GPT table. Drive 0 (the ...
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How do I migrate a single drive (no RAID) running under RAID controller, to AHCI mode without losing the GPT partition on it?

I have a 3 TB drive formatted with the GPT partition style. I use it for data on my Windows 7 PC. I've made the drive accessible via the mount point D: My motherboard's HDD controller mode has been ...
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Only one of my GPT drives is recognized by the BIOS

I have two GPT drives, an SSD and an HDD. My SSD has windows installed, my other HDD does not. My problem is that my BIOS only shows the SSD in boot options, and ignores the HDD. When the SSD is ...
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How to make a UEFI partition explained [closed]

I have a samsung np300ex, in the bios i have enable UEFI running Archlinux (3.17.2-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Oct 30 20:49:39 CET 2014 x86_64 GNU/Linux) i'm using syslinux as bootloader. I've never ...
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Why does UEFI BIOS only identify a 2TB drive on a 25TB virtual drive?

I configure a RAID6 using 16 2TB disks, and finally get a 25TB virtual drive as shown in LSI MegaRAID BIOS. And then I boot via a USB stick and try to install 64bit Ubuntu 14.04 on it. At the ...
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Boot Linux from a GPT disk using SYSLINUX

From Booting from GPT (rodsbooks.com/gdisk/booting.html), it says that both Grub & syslinux support booting Linux from a GPT disk. Anyone know how exactly can I use syslinux to boot Linux from a ...
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install windows 8 in GPT style hard disk

I have an Acer Aspire E15 laptop, of my friend, in which I have been trying to install Windows 8 but I am unable to do so. It has 4 partitions: Partition 1: total: 900MB - free: 900MB - type: Primary ...
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Windows ignores GPT disk and converts to MBR during installation

I have followed these steps to install windows 7 home premium x64 on a 3tb drive (asus z87-z motherboard): Windows Setup: Installing using the MBR (Master boot record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) ...
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BIOS can't find hard drive - accidentally changed partition table

My hard drive recently crashed after I had to do hard reboot when my computer froze up. I think there was some I/O happening at the time so there are a couple of bad sectors and stuff. After ...
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What happens on Mac Air booting?

I am trying to install linux on my Mac Air i7 11" Mid-2012. How does booting work on these Macs? I have a GPT partition table, and AFAIK the process looks like this: Look for a partition with ...
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Is it possible to have one MBR partition and one GPT partition on the same drive?

I would like to use one hard drive on an older computer that doesn't support UEFI, and have it boot from an MBR partition, while having another GPT partition which would be used to boot another ...
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how to properly set up grub2 with uefi on gpt

I've recently installed fedora on new ssd disk. Info: GPT, uefi partitions: (lsblk) NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Caution: invalid backup GPT Header (gdisk)

Each time I boot into my Ubuntu installation, when I open gdisk I am given the messages: GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.8 Type device filename, or press <Enter> to exit: /dev/sda Caution: ...
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3TB Western Digital green showing as only 746GB in disk management?

I've just purchased a new hard drive (3TB Western Digital Green) with the intention of transferring everything from my hard drive that has sector issues and is causing BSODs. The problem is, the new ...
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Need help upgrading OSX to Mavericks: Fix GPT and MBR after installing rEFIt

A while ago I installed Ubuntu using rEFIt on a MacBook, 2.4GHz C2D, 4GB DDR3. Sorry, I don't know the exact model. Anyway, I continued to get errors when trying to upgrade to Mavericks. Eventually, ...
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Initializing external 1TB hard disk with MBR option

I have an 1TB WD my passport hard disk(HD). I connected that HD to my laptop this morning and it didn't show in My Computer. After trying for several times, I went to disk management, and as soon as ...