Windows 10: Convert MBR disk to GPT via uefi shell? Solved

  1.    07 Sep 2015 #1

    Convert MBR disk to GPT via uefi shell?


    Hello!

    I did something terrible to my tablet, I converted the partition from GPT to MBR in a desperate try to install windows 7.

    Now tablet is not reading any usb I plug in, and of course I cannot format disk again because it doesn't recognize anything, always booting at uefi shell.

    Anything I can do to fix it?

    Thank you so much!
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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 pro x64, 7, Mint, Ubuntu
       08 Sep 2015 #2

    try entering your tablets bios (you will need to check your tablet manufacures instructions usualy on their website for how to access the bios)
    and change from UEFI to legacy
    iirc usb devices will only boot from legacy bios.. at least mine does

    you can change the disk type from MBR to GPT using the commandline (DOS) using diskpart assuming you can either boot to windows or the windows recovery environment from USB\DVD see here (iirc this works with w7 and up)
    Change a Master Boot Record Disk into a GUID PartitionTable Disk
    once done switch back to UEFI

    imho if your not sure what your doing you may be better off wiping the disks and starting again
    Last edited by finglonger; 08 Sep 2015 at 11:00.
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  3.    08 Sep 2015 #3

    finglonger said: View Post
    try entering your tablets bios (you will need to check your tablet manufacures instructions usualy on their website for how to access the bios)
    and change from UEFI to legacy
    iirc usb devices will only boot from legacy bios.. at least mine does

    you can change the disk type from MBR to GPT using the commandline (DOS) using diskpart assuming you can either boot to windows or the windows recovery environment from USB\DVD see here (iirc this works with w7 and up)
    Change a Master Boot Record Disk into a GUID PartitionTable Disk
    once done switch back to UEFI

    imho if your not sure what your doing you may be better off wiping the disks and starting again
    Thanks for reply!!

    But my tablet don't have a legacy option :/.....

    I can't enter on windows, neither on recovery, bios always booting the uefi shell, and every usb I plug (with windows on it) tried w7,w8,w10 .. not recognizing any usb.
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  4.    08 Sep 2015 #4

    It would be helpful to know the brand and model number of your tablet.
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  5.    09 Sep 2015 #5

    TV2 said: View Post
    It would be helpful to know the brand and model number of your tablet.

    The brand is spanish, is UNUSUAL 10W.
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  6. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       09 Sep 2015 #6

    alesyt0h said: View Post
    The brand is spanish, is UNUSUAL 10W.
    Unusual Tech site
    UNUSUAL 10W - Comodidad y tecnologÃ*a 2 en 1

    There is a recovery image (I think - Mi español no es muy bueno.) in the downloads section at the bottom of the page.
    10W - Imagen de recuperación de sistema

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    The trick is getting it on your tablet - is there any data you need on the device?
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       09 Sep 2015 #7

    You might try using Rufus to create Windows Install Media (Win7, Win8, or Win10) from an ISO. Create the flash drive as a GPT / UEFI boot.

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    I don't know if that will get you to the machine or not, but it's a thought.
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  8.    09 Sep 2015 #8

    Fixed! I upgraded my bios and now USB are recognited !

    Thank you all!
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