Windows 10: Converting MBR to GPT for EFI boot? Solved

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  1.    27 Nov 2015 #1

    Converting MBR to GPT for EFI boot?


    I've just recently re-installed Windows on my laptop. I had the hard drive set to a GPT format disk since my system supports and previously used UEFI boot, but this install wouldn't allow it so I just went to MBR again..

    Is there a way to convert the currently MBR type disk to a GPT format (without losing the current Windows installation) so I can resume using the UEFI format boot? I'd like to later dual boot Linux and I'd pref having a UEFI load over the MBR when that time comes.



    Thanks.
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  2.    28 Nov 2015 #2

    You can Convert MBR to GPT using Diskpart
    This method you have to backup all your data and delete all partitions and volumes. Then use the DISKPART command
    Open command prompt and type in DISKPART and press Enter
    Then type in list disk (Note down the number of disk you want to convert to GPT)
    Then type in select disk number of disk
    Finally type in convert gpt.
    EaseUS partition master can do it wihout data loss too, you can try it.
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  3. Posts : 2,333
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1703 Build 15063.296
       28 Nov 2015 #3

    You can do this and keep all your data. I recently did this on my Windows 10 installation and I followed the procedure described in the youtube clip below. It all went fairly smoothly apart from step 4 where I had to do a deep search in testdisk to identify the partitions that needed to be written.

    I would recommend that you study the video a few times to become familiar with each step and also have a hard copy of the steps printed out or at least a second computer nearby that you can refer to if you need to check on what to do next.

    https://youtu.be/Qk6_K9hVu_k

    I notice that the author has also written a simpler procedure that you can follow here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eXD30Fox4

    Cheers,
    Phil
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  4.    28 Nov 2015 #4

    philc43 said: View Post
    You can do this and keep all your data. I recently did this on my Windows 10 installation and I followed the procedure described in the youtube clip below. It all went fairly smoothly apart from step 4 where I had to do a deep search in testdisk to identify the partitions that needed to be written.

    I would recommend that you study the video a few times to become familiar with each step and also have a hard copy of the steps printed out or at least a second computer nearby that you can refer to if you need to check on what to do next.

    https://youtu.be/Qk6_K9hVu_k

    I notice that the author has also written a simpler procedure that you can follow here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eXD30Fox4

    Cheers,
    Phil
    Thanks a lot Phil, this is exactly what I needed!
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  5. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       28 Nov 2015 #5

    How to Convert from MBR to GPT:

    1. Download and install Macrium Reflect Free and create a backup image of your current MBR Windows 10 to an external HD. (You should anyway before modifying any Windows partitions in case something goes wrong)
    2. Create a bootable Macrium Rescue disk on a USB/DVD (from Macrium application, click on the first icon on the top left)
    3. Next, wipe out the disk and install a fresh copy of Windows 10 using GPT partition scheme. The installation should create all the needed partitions and C drive. No need to run updates because you're going to overwrite the C drive with the C drive from the backup.
    4. Next you'd want to ovewrite the C partition from fresh install with the C partition from the backup image.
      Boot up from the Rescue Image and follow the steps in the video as shown below and you're done.

    Last edited by topgundcp; 02 Jan 2017 at 21:56.
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  6. Posts : 2,333
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1703 Build 15063.296
       28 Nov 2015 #6

    Topgundcp, I agree your process using Macrium Reflect will be easier and more straightforward but the OP had difficulty doing a fresh install and achieving a GPT partition scheme. At your Step 3 he could run into the same problem again and be no better off.
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  7. Posts : 2,033
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       28 Nov 2015 #7

    philc43 said: View Post
    Topgundcp, I agree your process using Macrium Reflect will be easier and more straightforward but the OP had difficulty doing a fresh install and achieving a GPT partition scheme. At your Step 3 he could run into the same problem again and be no better off.
    If the OP cannot install Windows using GPT partition scheme then there's something wrong with his settings in the BIOS and/or the selection of which option to boot from. I also thought of his idea is he wants to convert it into GPT without losing any installed applications/data.

    Anyway, he needs to fix the problem that he cannot install using GPT first.
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  8.    28 Nov 2015 #8

    There's more to getting an EFI boot than just converting it to GPT. You also need to repartition to add the EFI boot partition, and another partition which I can't remember the name of that holds system files.

    Try this video Convert Windows 7/8/10 Installation from Legacy to UEFI Without Data Loss (Simpler Method) - YouTube
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  9. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       28 Nov 2015 #9

    @Mystere
    The link you posted was already posted in #4. What I suggested above is simply overwrite the C partition with Macrium and it automatically convert this partition to GPT and Windows will boot up with no problem. Been there, done that.

    In addition, the method I used will properly align all partitions as if you do a fresh install without using diskpart to create/convert/format all the needed partitions. Windows is smart enough to re-assign the GUID to point at the C-Drive.
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  10.    28 Nov 2015 #10

    topgundcp said: View Post
    @Mystere
    The link you posted was already posted in #4. What I suggested above is simply overwrite the C partition with Macrium and it automatically convert this partition to GPT and Windows will boot up with no problem. Been there, done that.

    In addition, the method I used will properly align all partitions as if you do a fresh install without using diskpart to create/convert/format all the needed partitions. Windows is smart enough to re-assign the GUID to point at the C-Drive.
    Sorry, I missed the first link. But no, converting it to GPT will not make it automatically an EFI boot. There is more to it, yes it may boot up, but won't be EFI.
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