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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Windows 8 Pro 64 bit GPT Protective Partition after restart

Note: I thought I had one problem regarding this topic, but that has since evolved. Below is the pared down version. After some problems, restarts, and a complete reinstall of Windows 8, my WD 3TB ...
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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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Clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a UEFI with GPT laptop?

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 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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Is there any way to boot Windows 7/8 using BIOS on GPT?

I'd like to know if there's a method to get Windows 7 or Windows 8 Developer Preview to install to a GPT disk on my traditional IBM PC BIOS setup. Windows 7, of course, rejects my GPT partition, ...
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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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Cannot install Ubuntu on EFI/GPT scheme [migrated]

Shame on me, I have more than 10 years using Linux and all of this about EFI and GPT it's a nightmare :( I have a Dell Inspiron 14z ultrabook and I cannot install Ubuntu, when I launch the installer ...
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Tools to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Win7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. Is there a tool to do that? Maybe I wrong: but it seems like GParted can only do ...
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Is the EFI partition and GPT necessary with less than 2 TiB?

I have a 1 TB external USB hard drive that is GUID partitioned with a 100MB FAT32 EFI partition. The thing is that its a 1 terabyte drive. From what I'm aware, the limit is at 2 tebibytes (TiB). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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windows drive is shown as free space whie installing ubuntu

My problem is I have this Lenovo G580 with default OS as Ubuntu. I formatted this recently to freshly install Windows 8 and Ubuntu. Windows 8 is installed and when I run Ubuntu live usb, at the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Update MAC EFI to EFI 2.x

I've been doing a lot of research about installing Windows on Mac - without having a MBR and such. I'm trying to create a pure GPT/EFI system without MBR. Currently, Mac Bootcamp creates a hybrid ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recover NTFS partition GPT with TestDisk, gdisk, EasyRecovery

I have broken my hdd file struture. I will not go into details how that happened. I had several NTFS partitions which have some data I need, and it was in GPT. I tried several applications for ...
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Live resize of a GPT partition on Linux

On Linux I used to resize MBR partitions using fdisk, even on live filesystems, and then issue a resize2fs/pvresize/... (depending on fs type) to get the new space allocated. Lately I've been using ...
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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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GParted errors on MBR Disk, Claims it's GPT. (It's mistaken, but why?)

It's very tempting for me to go on a rant here about GParted and Linux, but I'll do my best to avoid it. :) Question: Why does GParted claim that my disk is corrupted and GPT, whereas the Disk ...
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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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Installing Windows 7 on GPT

I have an HP 566 with Windows 8 installed. I removed it, and I wanted to install Windows 7. I have problems installing Windows 7. In BIOS I can choose two boot modes: Legacy boot mode UEFI boot ...
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logical sector size changes depending on whether it is attached via USB or direct SATA

I have a 3TB WD disk (in a My Book Essential external drive.) I used parted under Linux to partition it with a GPT disklabel and loaded it up with data from my laptop through the USB cable. Then I ...
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Seeking (somewhat) better explanations about supporting >2 TB hard drives

Today while Googling about I stumbled across posts claiming that Seagate plans to ship a 3TB drive sometime later in 2010. Unfortunately, the stuff I looked at all seemed to contain tidbits of info ...
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Intel Mac can't have more than 4 partitions?

I've read everywhere that you can't have more than 4 partitions because of GPT on intel Macs. But what happens if you make more than 4? On my iMac I have EFI, Macintosh HD, Windows, Linux, and Linux ...
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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 ...