MBR2GPT Not Working (Disk Layout validation failed for disk 1)

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    MBR2GPT Not Working (Disk Layout validation failed for disk 1)


    Hi there, I keep getting this error when trying to convert my system from MBR to GPT.

    I had a system made for me (for work) and the company installed my OS in legacy mode... I have two drives, one 512gb NVME Samsung 960 EVO and one Seagate 1 TB disk drive.

    I'm booting into command prompt mode (from advanced recovery options) and running the command mbr2gpt /validate /disk:1 .

    I had one partition only and even shrunk it by 3 Gigs (unallocated) just to give the tool space (it worked for other users) however I ran into the same issue even after doing that.

    Just another note, the 1tb drive (non os) has a System Reserve Partition of 500mb

    Any suggestions?
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 16,586
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    Can you post a screenshot of disk management using the instructions in this tutorial, please?
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of | Tutorials

    As well as providing us with complete system specifications such as make/model # of computer or motherboard?
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    MBR2GPT Not Working (Disk Layout validation failed for disk 1)-disk-tool.png

    It's a custom system, specs below:

    Intel 8700k
    Gigabyte Auroras Gaming 5 Z370 Motherboard
    32 GB Kinston HyperX Ram
    Samsung 960 EVO 512 nvme m.2 ssd
    1 TB SATA Drive
    Gigabyte Auroras Nvidia 1080ti
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 16,586
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    Your system partition is on your hard drive, not on your SSD. The company that installed your Windows 10 did not know what they were doing. If your only goal is to boot in UEFI mode, you do not need a GPT partitioned drive to do that. Your computer, however, does likely need a FAT32 partition with the proper boot files in it to boot in UEFI mode from. You can create this partition on the SSD by opening a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and running the following commands:

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    create partition primary size=100
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign letter=t
    exit
    bcdboot C:\Windows /s T: /f UEFI
    exit

    In the command prompt, the sequence should look like this:

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.1]
    (c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    X:\windows\System32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.17134.1
    
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: Win10XPE
    
    DISKPART> select disk 1
    
    Disk 1 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> create partition primary size=100
    
    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
    
    DISKPART> format fs=fat32 quick
    
      100 percent completed
    
    DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.
    
    DISKPART> assign letter=t
    
    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    
    X:\windows\System32>bcdboot C:\Windows /s T: /f UEFI
    Boot files successfully created.
    
    X:\windows\System32>exit
    Then when you reboot your computer, you should be able to boot from the SSD in UEFI mode. You will likely have to change the UEFI firmware settings to boot in UEFI mode, and possibly change the boot priority to boot from the SSD first. Also, the new FAT32 partition will be created right at the end of the C: drive partition, so if you want to reclaim the empty space at the end of the SSD, you will have to use a program like MiniTool Partition Wizard to move the new FAT32 partition to the end of the drive, then extend the C: drive partition to fill the empty space.
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  5. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I was so confused, because my SSD was set as the C drive and everything was installing onto it. That makes sense. Its a new machine, so I'll just do a clean install and run through everything again tomorrow. Already created a boot usb drive.

    Thanks for the help!

    Should have just installed the OS my self...
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  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 16,586
    Windows 11 Pro
       #6

    When you do the clean install, remove either the data or power cable from the hard drive so the Windows installer sees only the SSD. That will ensure all the partitions get made on the SSD and not on the hard drive in error.
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  7. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Yep already had that in mind, thanks again!
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  8. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
       #8

    NavyLCDR said:
    Your system partition is on your hard drive, not on your SSD. The company that installed your Windows 10 did not know what they were doing. If your only goal is to boot in UEFI mode, you do not need a GPT partitioned drive to do that. Your computer, however, does likely need a FAT32 partition with the proper boot files in it to boot in UEFI mode from. You can create this partition on the SSD by opening a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and running the following commands:

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    create partition primary size=100
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign letter=t
    exit
    bcdboot C:\Windows /s T: /f UEFI
    exit

    In the command prompt, the sequence should look like this:

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.1]
    (c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    X:\windows\System32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.17134.1
    
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: Win10XPE
    
    DISKPART> select disk 1
    
    Disk 1 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> create partition primary size=100
    
    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
    
    DISKPART> format fs=fat32 quick
    
      100 percent completed
    
    DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.
    
    DISKPART> assign letter=t
    
    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    
    X:\windows\System32>bcdboot C:\Windows /s T: /f UEFI
    Boot files successfully created.
    
    X:\windows\System32>exit
    Then when you reboot your computer, you should be able to boot from the SSD in UEFI mode. You will likely have to change the UEFI firmware settings to boot in UEFI mode, and possibly change the boot priority to boot from the SSD first. Also, the new FAT32 partition will be created right at the end of the C: drive partition, so if you want to reclaim the empty space at the end of the SSD, you will have to use a program like MiniTool Partition Wizard to move the new FAT32 partition to the end of the drive, then extend the C: drive partition to fill the empty space.
    I attempted to do this but I get a message saying:
    DISKPART> create partition primary size=100

    No usable free extent could be found. It may be that there is insufficient
    free space to create a partition at the specified size and offset. Specify
    different size and offset values or don't specify either to create the
    maximum sized partition. It may be that the disk is partitioned using the MBR disk
    partitioning format and the disk contains either 4 primary partitions, (no
    more partitions may be created), or 3 primary partitions and one extended
    partition, (only logical drives may be created).

    Is there a fix to this or any other way to do this?
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  9. Megahertz's Avatar
    Posts : 3,318
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #9

    Welcome to the Forum.
    Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs.
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

    To start, post an image of Disk Manager. Expand the window and columns so we can read them.
    Take a snapshot of Disk Manager and save to your drive. On the Quick Reply window - Go Advanced (bottom right) - Paper clip (top menu) - Add files - browse to the saved image file - upload.
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  10. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
       #10

    Disk Management Image


    Here is the Disk Management image you requested:

    MBR2GPT Not Working (Disk Layout validation failed for disk 1)-disk-manager.jpg

    I have a Alienware 15 R3. Here are the specs:
    -Intel 7700HQ
    -32GB RAM
    -Nvidia GTX 1070
    -1TB SATA Drive
    -256GB SSD
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