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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My new Intel X25-M G2 and the alignment thingy

I just bought a new SSD for my laptop, which is going to be a server running ArchLinux with grub2, GPT and btrfs. My layout should look like this: (grub-partition?) /boot ext2 75MB / btrfs ...
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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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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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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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Put linux on the fifth partition

So I have this quite "insane" partition scheme on my MacBook: Kevins-MacBook-Air:~ Ingwie$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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real number of sectors on HDD

This is part of output of fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector ...
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My disk at half size after formatting

I'm a long time linux user, I'm also a Windows user, after formatting my brand new USB dongle I get ~30Gb from the partition table available to create a new partition where the nominal capacity of the ...
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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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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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How do I install Windows 8 using a GPT Partition scheme?

This question seems to have been asked in very similar form in the past, but I was unable to find a relevant answer her or elsewhere. I am ultimately looking to install a dual boot of x64 Windows 8 ...
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Repairing Boot Camp on a secondary hard drive

I managed to install Windows on a partition of a secondary hard drive with Winclone, but I am unable to boot on it. Now when i choose windows as startup device i get the "No bootable device --- insert ...
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Data recovery after conversion from MBR to GPT

I have following situation: by accident I run diskpart clean, then convert to GPT against NTFS MBR disk to which I previously backed up all my data... No other actions were performed with this disk so ...
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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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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 ...
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Windows 8 preinstall downgrade to Win 7: UEFI problems :/

I have a friend who has a HP Laptop with UEFI booting. Due to some unfortunate human error resulting in an unbootable system, I suggested and he agreed to installing Win7 ("I hate the big tile ...
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Migrating Windows 7 from MBR to EFI without formatting

Based on the experience documented in Migrate from MBR to UEFI with an encrypted system partition I'm considering the opportunity to migrate Windows 7 from the plain ol' MBR to the new GPT/UEFI boot ...
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on a server does master boot record formating of the disk support the dynamic disk type?

If I convert a disk from basic to dynamic is it possible to format it to master boot record (MBR) or is it just possible to format with GPT?
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Deleted the GPT partition/ record

A friend of mine had GPT partition n his Lenovo laptop. While formatting the computer and reinstalling the OS, I wiped of all the partitions, and created 4 new partitions. Now after installing ...
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How to add unallocated space to a logical volume? using LVM

This is how my 2 TB (GPT) hard disk looks like sda1 1 MiB Bios_boot sda2 1024 GB LVM --- vg1 1024 GB --- lv1 24 GB ext4 lv2 1000 GB ext4 800 GB ...
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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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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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Arch Linux on an external HDD GPT-Partitioned

I have an Alienware M14x-R1 and had an Arch Linux System installed on its 750Gb HDD, everything working fine, GPT-partitions (on BIOS, not EFI) and GRUB bootloader. Then I bought a new Corsair SSD, ...
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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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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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Can't boot into linux on gpt-partition external drive on a pc

I've got an external HDD "Seagate Backup Plus 1TB". It's partitioned using the GPT scheme and carries two file partitions, an hfs+ OSX partition with OSX operating system installed, and an ext4 ...
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How to remove redundant grub from a GPT hard drive?

I once installed Debian onto my hard drive with GPT so there is a grub on it. Recently I erased Debian and install Windows Server 2012. But the grub is still there (which can launch nothing and I am ...
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Installing Windows 7 on UX31A's GPT disk

There are a lot of Windows/GPT-related questions out there, but from what I've been reading these past hours, I seem to be doing the right thing... except, well, obviously not. I'm trying to install ...
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Why wont my computer boot from the logical raid volume while installing Windows 7

I have new computer I built the motherboard is an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX. The motherboard has UEFI instead of normal BIOS. The problem I have is when I try to install Windows 7 with my motherboards ...
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3TB Drive doesn't always show up initialized in USB3 Dock

Have a perfectly fine 3TB GPT drive which shows up in most of our machines when direct connected and often in docks. But, we've used it in a few new USB3 docks and sometimes it will show up as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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Mount GPT Partitioned Drive In Linux

I have a windows 8 hard drive slaved to my Ubuntu box right now and I'm having problems mounting. When I go to mount, the shell tells me that the device doesn't exist but I can bring it up and see the ...
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How can I preserve a Windows 8 recovery partition if the drive uses GPT?

I have a new Samsung ATIV book 9 with Windows 8 Professional, but I need to downgrade it to Windows 7. I want to keep the option to restore the Windows 8 on there, though. The problem is that the ...
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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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Logic board on my MacBook Pro failed — Now GPT table missing on its HDD

So about a week ago, my logic board went out on my Macbook Pro (early 2011 unibody). So that was a bummer but the real kicker is that when I removed the HDD and tried to boot the drive externally from ...
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Installing Windows 7 on Acer Aspire E1 471G

I have been trying to install Windows 7 all day with no success. At first, it said that the current system policy is blocking the DVD. I figured out that it was the Secure Boot and I disabled it. Now ...
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WD 3TB suddenly RAW formatted - but only whith seconardy Win7 install.%

After looking a bit on the web, I decided to take this problem here, in case somebody has already a solution, or to answer it myself, should I find the Answer. Setup is like this: ASUS Maximus V ...
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Disaster recovery for RAID and mdadm

I´m having a software raid 5 with 5 2TB members. After some work with gparted my RAID doesn´t work any more... How can I check the integrity of each member? What would be my options, if the partition ...
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3 TB HDD won't reactivate

After doing a clean install of Windows 8 my Seagate 3 TB HDD won't reactivate in Disk Management. The two volumes are there but I can't use them for some reason. The drive was previously used with a ...
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Why does my 3TB hard disk fail to boot when I switch the controller from AHCI to RAID?

Why does my 3TB hard disk fail to boot when I switch the controller from AHCI to RAID? Something I have noticed: using diskpart while in the command prompt in disk recovery tools it says that the ...
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ASUS Recovery DVDs does not “INSTALL” windows

My ASUS R500VM has UEFI and GPT scheme disk. Earlier, I tried to resize the default partitions using EaseUS but it failed and couldn't boot anymore. It showed the message that I have to insert the ...
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How to fix my GPT and MBR (hybrid)?

I was trying to create a triple boot (Ubuntu, OS X and Windows), so I used VirtualBox to install Windows 8 (Consumer Preview) to a real (FAT at the time) partition, so it wouldn't have access to my ...
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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 ...