How to Interconvert MBR Disk and GPT Disk

 

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  • Add Date: 2015-05-25 03:06:24  Update Date:2016-07-27 22:35:06

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EaseUS Partition Master (all paid versions)


Basic knowledge


The organization of the partition table in the master boot record (MBR) limits the maximum addressable storage space of a disk to 2 TB (232 × 512 bytes).Therefore, the MBR-based partitioning scheme is in the process of being superseded by the GUID Partition Table (GPT) scheme in new computers. A GPT can coexist with an MBR in order to provide some limited form of backward compatibility for older systems.


GPT is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID). Although it forms a part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard (Unified EFI Forum proposed replacement for the PC BIOS), it is also used on some BIOS systems because of the limitations of master boot record (MBR) partition tables, which use 32 bits for storing logical block addresses (LBA) and size information.


As of 2010, most current operating systems support GPT. Some, including OS X and Microsoft Windows on x86, only support booting from GPT partitions on systems with EFI firmware, but FreeBSD and most Linux distributions can boot from GPT partitions on systems with either legacy BIOS firmware interface or EFI.

Description

As the difference between MBR disk and GPT disk, sometimes, you may need to convert them. Such as, using more then 2TB space on a MBR disk. EaseUS Partition Master is able to convert MBR disk to GPT disk and vice versa without data loss to make full use of hard disk space. If there is any special environment and you need to use MBR disk, EaseUS Partition Master can also convert GPT disk to MBR disk easily.


Case 1: Convert MBR disk to GPT disk


Case 2: Convert GPT disk to MBR disk


Note:


The feature is not valid for dynamic disk, but you could convert dynamic disk to basic disk first and then convert it.

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