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Windows setup: installing using the mbr or gpt partition style

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PAGE CONTENT - How khổng lồ Partition GPT Disk

If you know nothing about GPT disk, stay here. On this page, you"ll learn what is GPT disk, main features of GPT, và details about GPT vs. MBR. If you are looking for an easy way to convert or partition GPT disk, follow on & find your best solutions here.

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What Is GPT disk?

GPT is the abbreviation of the GUID Partition Table. According khổng lồ Wikipedia, GPT is a standard layout of partition tables of a physical computer storage device, such as a hard disk drive or solid-state drive sầu. Forming a part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard, it is also used for some BIOS systems because of the limitations of master boot record (MBR) partition tables. 

Here is a traditional GUID Partition table scheme. You may figure out that a GPT disk contains a primary GPT partition table, normal partitions, và a secondary GPT partition table. 


However, it seems lớn be complex for some ordinary users khổng lồ underst&. Don"t worry. We added a GPT disk layout image for you to lớn better understvà the GPT disk:


From the disk layout, you can see that a GPT disk contains 3 parts:

Primary Partition Table: It contains the protective sầu MBR, GPT header, partition table that system needs to load information và access existing partition data.Normal Data Partitions: It"s the physical location where your data & personal files are saved.Backup Partition Table: It is an area for GPT disk to keep backup information for GPT header và partition table in case of loss or damage lớn the Primary Partition Table.

Advanced Features of GPT Disk

Some of you may still don"t know what exactly can a GPT disk bởi for you, right? Compared to MBR, GPT provides a more flexible disk partitioning mechanism. Chechồng the feature danh mục below, you will learn what makes GPT disk outstanding:

1. GPT with UEFI replaces the clunky old BIOS with MBR partitioning system. 

Every GPT partition has its own unique identifier.

2. GPT breaks the limits of MBR.

GPT disk is much larger in storage capađô thị than MBR disk, allowing users to lớn create an unlimited number of partitions. chú ý that if it"s a GPT system disk, you are allowed to create up lớn 128 partitions.

3. It"s easier to lớn recover data from a GPT disk.

MBR disk stores its partitioning and boot data in one place, however, GPT stores multiple copies of this data across the disk, which makes it much easier to recover once the data is corrupted on GPT.

4. GPT can kiểm tra if its data is intact.

GPT disk stores the CRC (cyclic redundancy check) values lớn kiểm tra if its data is intact. Once the data gets corrupted, GPT can notice the problem & attempt khổng lồ recover the damaged data from another location on the disk for you.

According to the above sầu features, you can see that a GPT disk is indeed great in data protection và exceeds MBR disk in partition management. If you want to lớn know which is better between GPT và MBR, kiểm tra the comparison in the next part khổng lồ learn the details.

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GPT vs. MBR, Which Is Better?

From the following comparison table, you can clearly see the differences between GPT và MBR disk. The advantages of GPT disks are apparent.


Disk storage space

Maximum of 2 TB

Greater than 2 TB

Number of partitions

4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions +1 extended partition (logical partition is not limited)

128 primary partitions

Firmware interface 


Operating systems 

Windows 7 và older versions 

Windows 10 32-bit, Windows 8/8.1/10 64-bit

Security details

Once a partition table in MBR is corrupted, nothing can be done to retrieve your data.

GPT provides greater reliability due khổng lồ replication và cyclical redundancy kiểm tra (CRC) protection of the partition table & data. 

Through the above sầu comparison, you may find that it is a better choice to lớn convert a disk to lớn GPT so to make full use of a big disk, taking advantage of the GPT partition style. 

Besides, the GPT disk can be either basic or dynamic. And the file system of GPT partition can be FAT và NTFS (see how to convert FAT lớn NTFS). 

How to lớn Convert MBR Disk to GPT?

After learning the differences between MBR and GPT disks, some of you may want to switch your current MBR disks to GPT. And here, professional GPT partition manager software - aiesec-unwe.net Partition Master is recommended lớn help you manage GPT drive with ease.

You can follow the tutorial đoạn Clip here or refer khổng lồ the liên kết here to learn how to convert MBR to lớn GPT without losing data:

How lớn Partition GPT Disk?

You can vì chưng a lot of things on a GPT disk, lượt thích creating, resizing, merging, & format partitions. With the help of reliable aiesec-unwe.net Partition Master, you can even bởi more advanced operations on the disk, such as migrate OS from HDD to SSD, convert basic to lớn dynamic, convert primary and logical partition, and more.

Video Tutorial on How khổng lồ Partition a GPT Hard Drive:

You can also apply aiesec-unwe.net Partition Master lớn complete safely complete all these disk management jobs on your GPT disk with the following steps: 

On the main window, right-clichồng on the unallocated space on your GPT hard drive or external storage device và select "Create".


Set the form size, partition label, drive letter, tệp tin system, etc. for the new GPT partition and click "OK" to continue.


Cliông xã on the "Exeđáng yêu Operation" button and confirm to lớn create a new partition on the GPT disk by clicking "Apply".


If you have more questions about managing GPT disk, kiểm tra listed questions và answers in the next part.

FAQs about GPT Disk

Apart from provided information và solutions on managing GPT disk, we also find that many people have sầu doubts about how to lớn check their disk partition style, which is the best for SSD, etc. 

If you are having a similar question, kiểm tra the questions and hope our answers can help you out. 

1. How vì I check my disk is GPT or MBR?

An easy way that applies lớn all Windows users for checking the disk partition style is lớn use Disk Management: Open Disk Management > Locate & right-click on the target disk > Select Properties > Check Disk Information under Volumes > Cheông chồng your partition style - GPT or MBR.

2. Should I use MBR or GPT for SSD? 

Many new SSD users may have sầu the same question. Which partition style should I use it for the new SSD, MBR or GPT? Check the suggestion below, you will know what lớn do:

If you plan khổng lồ use the SSD disk as a system drive, planning to lớn move your operating system khổng lồ the drive sầu, it should be the same as your current system disk - GPT to GPT or MBR lớn MBR.If you plan lớn use the SSD disk as a game drive sầu, GPT partition style is more preferable. If you plan to use the SSD disk as a data disk, creating many partitions on it, GPT is also recommended.

3. Is a GPT partition bootable? 

As the article stated, a GPT disk contains a primary partition table which includes MBR, GPT header, partition tables for loading basic information of existing partitions & entries of these partitions. As long as the primary partition table is intact, the GPT partition is bootable.

If the primary partition table damages, GPT disk will reload the partition information and entries from its secondary partition table - the backup partition table which can be regarded as a backup of the primary partition table. Therefore, even if the primary partition table gets damaged, GPT disk can also load all your partition & displaying your data.