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Windows 7: Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk

07 Aug 2014   #90
ICIT2LOL

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

Thanks Jumanji the driver fix worked out just right and I am now cloning the drive for the boss

Such a simple thing but to be honest as I said the stuff involving drives is overly convoluted for silly old fellows like me.


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07 Aug 2014   #91
ICIT2LOL

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 beardrinksbeer View Post
I was going to answer this but he seems to like u Jumnaji & not a fellow Aussie (even thou he can't write the native language), u can explain the 1024 & 1000 thingy

cheers
Actually a naturalised Pom mate and yep I do understand the basic alignment and formatting stuff it is the other run arounds that that throws me
by the by what is the native language as I don't use the new stuff young fellas like "u" use
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07 Aug 2014   #92
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Ok Jumnaji mate I did the first option and updated the driver but it said that the best driver was already installed so it must have happened real quick. But in any case the partition if that what it is in now healthy and the Not initialised has gone.
What is still bothering me is that it was bought and it states on it 750GB and the admin window shows it is 698.83GB?? that is at least 50GB short of what the device says it is.

So anyway does this mean I have to format the drive again? Sorry mate but drive stuff like this is very convoluted for me.
Glad you got it sorted John.

Just out of curiosity, did you try right clicking on the smaller Disk 2 box you have circled in red in your Disk Management screenshot, and click on Initialize?

Here's more information on why your HDD is not be the size as advertised:

HDD's - the Advertized size vs the Actual size.
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07 Aug 2014   #93
ICIT2LOL

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

Hello Shawn well I could do that mate because that option was greyed out or I would have done just that why it was so is a mystery. Anyway jumanji was right on the money with the answer with that uninstall driver option.

I am as I said to him and the others not good at understanding how to get hard drives ready for use and all that partitioning stuff as you can se my pic of the C: drive - I have no idea of how to put that right even though it makes no difference to how the SSD performs.

Thanks for the link mate I know that most drive sizes are not really what they are stated to be but I did think 50GB out was a little bit rude. Mind you I really am not a fan of WD preferring Seagate myself.
Having said that the clone is definitely quicker between programs on the taskbar and booting up.
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07 Aug 2014   #94
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Personally I like to start an installation with an unallocated drive to help avoid funky partitioning like that, then partition afterwards how I like.
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08 Aug 2014   #95
ICIT2LOL

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

Shawn I shall have to do some researching on the matter as I thought being unallocated was or meant the drive was unusable as is
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08 Aug 2014   #96
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Shawn I shall have to do some researching on the matter as I thought being unallocated was or meant the drive was unusable as is
Unallocated is unusable, but you could select an unallocated drive say during Windows installation to have it automatically formatted and then used to install Windows on like in step 7 or 8 below.

Clean Install Windows 7
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08 Aug 2014   #97
ICIT2LOL

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

Got that Shawn but just out of curiosity is that 100MB space the same sort of aligning method as in Wolfgang's tutorial on SSD's? so to just make it neat and "tidy" so to speak?
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08 Aug 2014   #98
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I don't remember which tutorial is the one for Wolfgang that you mentioned.

The 100 MB partition is the System Reserved partition created during installation to be able to use WinRE without the need of a system repair disc or installation media.
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30 Oct 2014   #99
ral77

Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hello...

(VERY) infrequent poster, here, but I figured this might be the place to straighten me out about this. I recently bought a 2TB Western Digital MyBook hard drive. to use as an additional data drive for my laptop. Although since it's only 2TB (a bit less than that being usable, of course) I *could* just format it as an MBR drive, but I thought I'd like to format it as GPT, for a couple of not-absolutely-essential reasons.

When looking through this tutorial, I noticed that at the very start of it you've provided a little section contrasting the differences between MBR and GPT formatted drives. The very last thing mentioned is "Removable disks cannot be converted into a GPT disk."

Eeeeek!! Would my external USB-connected hard drive be considered a "removable drive"? I vaguely think I remember reading that "removable drive" as defined by Windows would mean a USB thumb drive, or optical media like a DVD drive, but would NOT apply to an external hard disk such as what I have. Could someone tell me (definitively) whether external USB hard drives can be formatted as GPT?

Thanks so much, in advance...
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