Despite the advantages of GPT (GUID Partition Table), many still rely on the technology it seeks to replace, MBR. Therefore, it only makes sense for some users to convert GPT to MBR and use the latter to partition their hard drive.
In this post, we will discuss the difference between GPT and MBR. We will also show you how to convert GPT to MBR in as few steps as possible.
What are GPT and MBR?
Both GPT and MBR are both methods of separating information on a hard disk.
GPT is intended to enhance MBR restrictions including storage restrictions. It also reduces the risk of file corruption and performs redundancy checks to keep your file in place.
But because it is newer, GPT suffers from compatibility issues with older systems.
So while GPT is being considered as the future, some users still prefer MBR over GPT.
Note: You can convert to GPT without data loss, provided you have backed up your files to a separate hard disk before booting.
Convert to Disk Management
You can use Disk Management to convert your own partition.
Note: The following steps were done in Windows 10. However, Disk Manager should also be available for Windows Vista to Windows 8.1 users.
Open Control Panel . I go to System and Security > Administrative Tools .
A new pop-up window will appear. Open Computer Management .
After the computer opens the administration, go to the left sidebar. Under Storage , select Disk Management .
Great! The next steps will require you to delete your partitions. If you have not backed up your files, now would be a good time to do so.
To convert a disc from GPT to MBR, each volume must be deleted. Right-click on a volume and select Delete Volume .
Do this for all partitions. When done, right-click on the disk and select Convert to MBR Disk .
Create new partitions as required.
Convert Use command line
The conversion process can also be accomplished using the Command
Prompt . Remember to back up your files before proceeding.
Open the command prompt and type DISKPART .
If asked if you allow the application to make changes, click Yes . Type LIST DISK and press Enter.
Make a note of the disk number you want to convert. Type DISK SELECTION X (replacing X with the disk number).
Type NET and press Enter. This will remove all the contents of the disc. Therefore, make sure that you back up your files in advance.
Then type MBR CONVERSION and press Enter. Close the command prompt when done.
Convert Use of third-party applications
If you do not feel comfortable using Disk Manager or Command Prompt, you can convert using third-party software (sometimes referred to as data recovery software).
There are a number of options available on the internet. You will have to pay for most of these solutions, but they promise to convert while keeping your files intact.
Before downloading any software, be sure to re-check the brand reliability. Do some research and find feedback from other users. Using an unproven application may compromise the security of your computer.
These programs, although not officially approved by Windows, are attractive to users for their simplicity and ease of use. It may be worth a try.