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Windows 7: Hard Drive - GPT or MBR

29 Apr 2013   #10

64 bit

I apologize! No I wanted to move up to windows 7, Ive used XP Pro for years and I now I want to do some video editing. & i felt Win 7 would do it. I bought a Samsung 120 Gig SSD for Win7. How ever I havent been able to load Win 7 on it..
It has an MBR boo section.t. I will use dual booting with the Samsung as C drive.

Sorry that my previous posting were not clear but all I want is to getW7 on my SSD. It seems i must have GPT.

Thanks John

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29 Apr 2013   #11

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

I see now. Thank you for clarifying John.

You could have a data drive as GPT at anytime in Windows 7.

However, if you want the OS drive to be GPT so that you can boot from a GPT disk, then your motherboard must have and support UEFI with 64-bit Windows 7 installed. 32-bit Windows 7 does not support UEFI.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
If you like, both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 supports UEFI though.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
If your motherboard doesn't have UEFI, then you will only be able to have your OS disk as MBR. You can still have a GPT data disk though.
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10 Oct 2013   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Very nice! Well done.

Check out this link if you ever want to tart it up a bit:
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Thanks Golden I was wondering how to do that. I did read it once before but got bogged down but it gets clearer at the end
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07 Aug 2014   #13

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

TV I don't know what I ma doing wrong but I have a brand new 750GB HDD here that I am trying to get ready for a clone/
However whenever I try to format or partition this drive it keeps telling me it needs to be "initialised" . I did try looking for tutorial on how to do that and the nearest thing I can find is this one for that feature MBR etc. But whatever I do I get this in the pic??

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07 Aug 2014   #14

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Since this is a brand new drive I assume there is no data on it that you need to save. So we can initialize and format the drive without that problem.

I assume that the problem is "how to initialize the drive"?
If so, you can 'reset' the drive so it can be initialized by performing a CLEAN procedure from DISKPART.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Then, for good measure, restart the PC after the CLEAN operation is done.
The next time you access the hard drive you will be asked to initialize like normal.
(If you have hot swap capability you could connect the (cleaned) drive after you are on the desktop, but this is not required)
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07 Aug 2014   #15

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hello TV mate I went to the tutorial Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk and problem was I had to uninstall the driver and reinstall. All a bit of a mystery to me but there again a lot of things are

But thanks mate for chipping in
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