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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PC asks to format Veracrypt Volume

I have a Veracrypt encrypted non-system partition on an external hard drive. The hard drive is GPT-based. On my previous MBR-based hard drives, I used Diskpart and the command SET ID=64 to prevent ...
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Bash scripting parted for GPT

Using Bash & Python scripts in Ubuntu 12.04, we are delivering a disk image to customers as a file (generated by dd). Once dd’d to the new disk, we resize the partition to fit the disk. Now that ...
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Clonezilla stopped. Can “sgdisk -z /dev/sdx” destroy all the data on sda?

I need suggestions. I wanted to backup sda2 on which Win7 is installed. I deleted the Recovery Resion. (Probably Testdisk can restore this partition because I haven't done any manipulation on that ...
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MBR and GPT confusion: installing Debian on macbook air

I'm following this question and trying to install Debian on my MacBook. I've lost that account so I couldn't accept that guy's answer (I'm sorry, I'll not loose this one). So, I followed with his ...
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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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4k hard drives freebsd gpart and zfs

I have 3 hdd, with the next camcotrol identify. root@cirmos:/root # camcontrol identify ada1 pass2: <WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 80.00A80> ATA-8 SATA 3.x device pass2: 300.000MB/s transfers (SATA 2.x, ...
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4T RAID 0 Partitioning issue

I am building a new workstation 1.2T 10K SAS X 4 for Win 7 Pro SP1 x64 I must use RAID 0 for this workstation. What I would like to have is C = 500G D = rest of spaces So BOIS based system with ...
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Why can't I install Windows 8 on an UEFI machine from an MBR based USB disk?

Just tried to install Windows 8.1 on an UEFI machine/GPT disk. I used a 2 TB MBR-based USB drive to contain the installer (FAT32 partition with Windows 8.1 install files). I got as far as selecting a ...
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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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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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Can't install Windows 7 with UEFI off on GPT drive

I need to have a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my notebook with UEFI. I had to turn UEFI off to install and boot Ubuntu. Now I'm trying to install Windows 7, but it says it can't be ...
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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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How to create hybrid MBR/GPT partition on USB drive?

Can you please tell me how to create a hybrid MBR/GPT partition on the USB drive? I need the MBR for the boot as my BIOS doesn't boot GPT partitions.
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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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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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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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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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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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Failure to create hibernation partition on GPT SSD boot drive

I've searched a number of forums and am surprised no one seems to have had the same problem as me. I have only one SSD (Samsung EVO) which is also my boot drive (UEFI, z97 board) for my desktop ...
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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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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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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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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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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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GPT Protective Partition

I’ve moved my 3TB hard drive to another USB enclosure, and it no longer works. Disk manager says “2794.52 GB Healthy (GPT Protective Partition)”. How to fix that? I don’t want to reformat, I need ...
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Tried to use my 3TB drive in a USB enclosure, now reports only 746GB even internally

I have two 3TB Hitachi 5k3000 Desktar drives that I want to use as data drives, not boot drives. When I was originally trying to install them I wanted to mirror them using my hardware raid but I ...
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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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Clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a UEFI laptop with GPT partition?

I’m currently pulling out hairs about a problem with my wife’s new Samsung Book 9 laptop. it comes preinstalled with Windows 8. She wants Windows 7 Pro. I’ve board a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for her and ...
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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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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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What are the differences between MBR vs GPT vs any other partition scheme?

Can anyone tell me what the main differences between i.e. MBR vs GPT or any other partition scheme are? Why would one choose one over the other? I am not an expert but from new release of Mac OS X ...
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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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Using GParted to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Windows 7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. I'm trying to use GParted to convert to MBR but it seems GParted can only ...
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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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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 detects GPT disk as MBR in EFI boot

This disk is OCZ VERTEX 128GB SSD. It is formatted as GPT from OSX. The disk layout is, /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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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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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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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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Windows 7 + Ubuntu dual boot + conversion to GPT

I have received a new Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7. The disk now contains: a hidden SYSTEM_DRV boot partition (1.17 gb, 400mb used). I'm guessing this is the EFI partition, the laptop comes ...
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Windows backup “Volumes larger than” error

A week ago I started getting the Windows Backup error 0x807800B4, stating "Volumes larger than 2088958 megabytes cannot be protected." I'm not sure what this is referring to. My system volume is a ...