Convert MBR to GPT in Windows 7 to Better Utilize Disk
In general, computers’ hard drives are coming with Master Boot Record (MBR) partition
style and boot in Legacy BIOS mode. This combination works quite well until the hard
drive capacity becomes bigger. If you want to make full use of the disk that greater
than 2TB, you have to convert MBR disk to another partition style called GUID
Partition Table (GPT) in Windows 7. As we know, the MBR partition style supports
creating partition on disk up to 2TB in size. The left disk space over 2TB will be
marked as “Unallocated Space” and cannot be used to create new volume.
What’s more, one can only create up to either 4 primary partitions or 3 primary
partitions and 1 extended partition on MBR disk. GPT partition style breaks this
limit and allows you to create as many as you like on the hard disk, as long as the
drive letter is available. So the main purpose of converting MBR disk to GPT in
Windows 7 or later is to make the most of the hard drive. More differences about
these two partition styles are introduced in MBR and GPT.
Many PCs now include the ability to use the UEFI version of BIOS, which can speed up
boot and shutdown time and can provide additional security advantages. Now, let’s
find out a way for Windows 7 convert MBR to GPT.
How to Convert MBR to GPT in Windows 7 without Data Loss?
There are many tools to convert from MBR to GPT, Windows Installation CD or USB Key,
Command Prompt and Disk Management. However, to avoid data loss during the
conversion, it is inevitable to turn to third-party partition manager. AOMEI Partition Assistant
Professional is such a great tool that can help you complete the task.
It is compatible with Windows 7, 10, 8/8.1, XP, Vista and has user-friendly
interface. Download to have a try. Other methods of
converting will be discussed later.
1.To convert MBR to GPT disk in Windows 7 without losing data, here you should
install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main interface, right click the
disk and select “Convert to GPT Disk”.
2. Click “OK” in the pop-up dialog to confirm the operation. It will prompt you the
GPT is boot from UEFI mode. Make sure your system support this mode.
3. View the virtual result. The disk has changed to GPT disk from MBR and all
partitions and data are kept. Click “Apply”>“Proceed” to commit the pending
Tips: To convert MBR to GPT in Windows Server i.e. Server 2008,
Server 2012, Server 2016, it is a good idea to turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant
Within three steps, you are allowed to convert Windows 7 MBR disk to GPT without
deleting partitions. You can use the same way to convert
GPT back to MBR when the need ever arises. Obviously, you can convert
partition style between MBR and GPT with other tools. Following introduces situation
that you don’t need to boot Windows OS while converting.
Convert MBR to GPT without Windows Boot-Up
It is not uncommon to convert disk partition style without booting Windows operating
system. When installing Windows on bare metal, you might need to convert MBR to GPT
to fit your PC UEFI boot mode. When computer fails to boot, creating a bootable
device to convert partition style saves conversion time and reduce affecting
How to Convert MBR to GPT during Windows Installation?
When installing Windows on UEFI-based PCs using Windows setup, the hard drive
partition style should be set up to support UEFI mode, i.e. GPT partition style. For
instance, when you get the error messages reads: Windows cannot be installed to
this disk. The selected disk is not of GPT partition style. Meaning your PC
is booted in UEFI mode but your hard drive is not configured for this mode. Follow
these steps to make a change to your hard drive partition style. This method also is
a way to convert MBR to GPT using Diskpart in CMD.
1. Turn off your PC and insert the Windows Installation DVD or USB key. Boot from the
device. At the Windows Setup, press + to
open Command Prompt window.
2. Type diskpart and press. Input below orders in
Please note that this method will wipe all data on the selected hard drive. Please backup important databefore you start.
Above method is a way to take advantage of Windows Installation tool during
installation. If you don’t have an installation tool in hand, maybe you can turn to
next method to change partition style before clean install or system recovery.
Make Bootable Media to Change MBR to GPT in Windows 7
Aforementioned software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is capable of
creating bootable media with WinPE-based or Linux-based OS on. The bootable media
has the software pre-installed, so every feature of that software is available.
Step1. Plug in a USB drive or CD/DVD. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant
and go Make Bootable Media.
Step2. This tool will detect if your computer needs to install Windows AIK or not automatically. If
needed, please install it first. Then select target USB or CD.
Step3. Wait for the process to be completed and click “Finish”.
Step4. Turn off the PC and boot it from the created bootable device
(you may need to change boot priority in BIOS for this). Then, all steps left are
same as converting MBR to GPT without losing data covered before.
Other Things You May Want to Know
When it comes to change hard drive partition style between MBR and GPT, there are two
points you may need to pay attention to.
Conversion on Data Disk vs.
Conversion on System Disk
Converting partition style on system disk is a little different from converting on
data disk. Windows only converts empty MBR disk to GPT partition style, otherwise,
the disk will be auto changed to dynamic disk. In Disk Management and CMD, you can
delete or wipe all partitions on data disk to perform converting, yet you cannot do
this to system disk. Obviously, Windows won’t allow you to do something harmful to
it like deleting or formatting. One can only try the “convert without booting
Windows methods” under such circumstances.
MBR and BIOS vs. GPT and UEFI
Generally speaking, there are two boot mode + disk partition table combinations: MBR
+ Legacy BIOS and GPT + UEFI. Legacy BIOS cannot recognize GPT partition style, yet
UEFI supports both MBR and GPT disk. Nevertheless, Microsoft wants operating system
to be installed on GPT disk when booted in UEFI mode. Surely, in most cases, you
need to change partition table to adapt to the correspondent boot mode.
When you want to convert MBR to GPT in Windows 7, 8 or 10, you know you have more
than one choice. Windows Installation tool is simple and easy in fact. However, if
you want to keep installed system and applications saved, AOMEI Partition Assistant
is a good tool to meet this need. It also supports convert
file system without formatting between FAT32 and NTFS.