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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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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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 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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How to install Windows 7 x64 on GPT?

How can I install Windows 7 x64 on GUID partition table? My motherboard has UEFI. I tried using Ubuntu to create the GPT and NTFS partition on it, but Windows 7 just says Windows cannot be ...
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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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Windows on a hybrid MBR/GPT

I thought I'd finally relegated Windows to life inside a virtual machine, but alas, I came across some games I'd like to play that just won't do in that setup. In the days since Windows last occupied ...
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Clone a Windows Installation to a 3TB Hard Drive; MBR to GPT

I have Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed on my desktop. Unfortunately for me and my wallet my hard drive is failing. I have purchased a 3TB hard drive as a replacement for my current 2TB ...
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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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Tried to use my 3TB drive in a USB enclosure, now reports only 746GB even internally [duplicate]

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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Restore Windows 8 EFI after installing Ubuntu EFI

I installed Windows 8 using EFI, and later on I installed Ubuntu using EFI as well. As I always do, I had trouble with the bootloaders. Ubuntu replaced the bootloader on the EFI, which I was very well ...
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Make UEFI, GPT, Bootloader, SSD, USB, Linux and Windows work together

I like to use the latest hardware and the latest software; thus I have a Laptop (Lenovo X220) with UEFI instead of BIOS an SSD instead of an HDD GPT partitioning scheme instead of MBR USB to boot ...
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Windows (using UEFI boot on GPT disk) will no longer boot after adding an MBR hard disk

I have recently installed Windows 7 64 bit on a new SSD using UEFI boot and GPT. The system worked fine. After adding my old system HD to the system (that uses MBR), Windows will no longer boot ...
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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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Easiest way to use a > 2TB internal hard disk in Windows XP 32-bit?

I have an 3TB external disk and Windows XP 32 bit. It works as a USB 2 disk with its enclosure, but I want to use it as an internal SATA disk. I don't want to use it as a boot disk, only as a data ...
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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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How to install Windows on GPT disk without UEFI BIOS? [duplicate]

My PC does not support UEFI BIOS, but it has Legacy BIOS. The motherboard is "P5LD2-X1333". I need to install Windows 8 on the 3TB hard drive with GPT scheme, since as we know, the MBR scheme does ...
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Windows 10 takes 2+ hours to boot

I am running a Dell T7600 workstation with RAID 5 configuration on a Perc 310 adapter running Windows 10. I just converted my partition from MBR to GPT. I changed the Bios to boot in UEFI mode. It ...
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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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Convert MBR to GPT - Without any OS

I just got a new laptop without any OS (it had FreeDOS, but not anymore). When I go to Windows Installer and try to create a new partition from un-allocated space, I don't get any Error message but ...
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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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3TB Western Digital green showing as only 746GB in disk management? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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Is GPT aligned for 4k blocks?

The Wikipedia article for GUID Partition Table does not make it clear whether it is aligned to an underlying 4k-block filesystem. Seeing as the diagram shows the first block of the data sector as ...
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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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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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Partition Issue with Windows 8.1 Installation

I bought a brand new machine and I wanted to install Windows 8.1 on a single 4TB HDD. I want to partition the drive using the following layout: Drive 0 Partition 1: System Reserved - whatever the ...
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When UEFI/(Motherboard Firmware), is set to UEFI(not legacy), USB is not detected

When UEFI/(Motherboard Firmware), is set to UEFI(not legacy), USB is not detected When set to legacy, it is detected. It goes without saying that I can't boot from it when the UEFI is in UEFI mode. ...
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I want to expand a partition on my boot SSD, but there is a Recovery Partition and EFI System Partition in the way. How can I get around this?

Here is a screenshot in Windows Disk Management showing the partition layout on my disk: I wish to expand the Windows partition (C:\ drive, "Boot") into the 16 GB of unallocated space. However, ...
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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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OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard no longer mounting an external USB drive

I have a 1TB generic external hard drive containing a single HFS partition. I originally formatted this using Disk Utility and it worked fine. Now, for some reason, it's not auto-mounting when I start ...
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Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 hard drive not recognized by Linux, causes fdisk to hang

I'm running Kubuntu 12.04. I have a brand new, never used Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 hard drive. It's an internal drive. I installed it in a USB enclosure. When I connect it to my PC, nothing happens ...
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How can I format a drive using the GPT format on OS X?

How can I format a drive using the GPT format on OS X? I don't see this option in Disk Tools.
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How to change active boot partition of Windows 8.1 UEFI?

I've a 64 bit Windows 8.1 on GPT / UEFI and am trying to boot to another OS without a CD-ROM or external harddisk. I've created a fresh partition (Z:) and copied Puppy Linux.iso over to it. However, ...
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2TB external drive, disk initialization: MBR or GPT

I just bought a new 2TB disk drive I plan to use as an external drive (connected via eSATA). When I started my computer it recognized the drive fine, but when I got into the Disk Management, a popup ...
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Hard drive corruption on a dual-boot system

Recently I've decided to buy my first SSD and install Windows 10 on it, and use one of my older HDs to install Windows 7, for dual-booting from separate drives. Both drives are connected through SATA ...
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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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Convert GPT disk to MBR disk in-place?

Is there any way to reliably convert a disk from GPT to MBR in-place? (i.e. without having to backup/restore any partitions.)
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Installing Windows 7/8 64-bit on GPT partition table without UEFI [duplicate]

I'll start by saying I tried everything I found. And still nothing worked. Preface I've converted my old MBR to GPT partition table. I actually thought I'll just have to reinstall GRUB2 and ...
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UEFI but not booting directly

I was playing around with my partitions finally now it doesn't boot directly. For it to boot I need to go to HP boot menu and then choose EFI file to boot to load the OS. Something like EFI partition ...
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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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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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GPT disk partition recovery

I am having troubles getting my partitions to show up correctly on one of my drives. Setup: Linux 3.10.10-1-ARCH Disk is 2TB and has GPT with two partitions. The two partitions hold approx 700GB ...
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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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Cannot initialize 4TB external hard drive in Windows 7 64-bit using

I have a new 4TB drive, which I want to use as an external drive with my laptop (Windows 7 ultimate, 64-bit). From all that I can read, my Windows version should support it, but I can't find anything ...
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How do you remove a hard drive's GPT Protective Partition without compromising its functionality?

I recently bought an Iomega NAS drive but I want to install my own operating system on it. I connected the hard drive to my computer with a SATA to USB casing but under disk management it says it is a ...
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Accessing 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT on different computer?

I have a 3000 GB Seagate Barracuda XT sata drive. It originally came in an external enclosure with a removable USB 3.0 interface as part of the Seagate GoFlex series of drives. When using this ...
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How to change GPT partition type on windows?

The GPT format introduce far more place to metadata. To set a partition type in diskpart, one use : DISKPART> create partition msr or DISKPART> create partition efi or DISKPART> create ...
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how can i install windows 7 parallel to 10?

so i wanted to upgrade my laptop windows from 7 (which it came with) to 8.1, i couldn't do that because the HDD was in MBR format so i had to change it to GPT and so i did, now i'm on windows 10 i ...