Can I change disk to GPT without losing data?
“To make full of my 3TB hard drive, I intend to change the disk to GPT. But when I only found that Convert to GPT Disk option greyed out. After searching, I realized that I need to delete all partitions from the hard disk before conversion. I don’t want to lose all the data saved on the hard disk, is there a way to convert the 3TB disk to GPT without deleting any partition from it?”
About MBR and GPT
Before converting MBR to GPT without deleting your partitions, have a look at the differences between MBR and GPT presented in the following screenshot.
If you need to make full use of large disk (beyond 2TB), create more partitions or encounter the error ” Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disk, converting disk from MBR to GPT will be a nice choice. Of course, if your disk is GPT partition but your OS doesn’t support GPT partition (such as Windows XP 32bit, Windows 2000, etc.), you need to convert GPT disk to MBR.
Three ways of converting MBR to GPT without deleting your partitions
Having made sure that GPT partition style is supported by your OS, you can pick up one of the three methods that going to be presented to change MBR disk into GPT without losing data. If you want to turn a disk to GPT without data loss via an easy-to-use GUI tool, choose the first way. If you intend to convert a disk to GPT via a command-line utility, select the second solution; if your OS is Windows 10 version 1703 or later, the disk that going to be converted contains OS and you want to use Window built-in tool, the third method is suitable.
A: Change disk to GPT without data loss via a free GUI tool
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free charming tool. It can convert MBR disk to GPT with keeping all partitions on the hard drive in Windows 10/8/7. With user-friendly graphic interface, it is very easy to operate even for green handle. With strong technology support, it enables you to make conversion not only from MBR to GPT without partition deletion, but also from MBR to GPT. What’s more, it supports you to convert MBR to GPT without accessing OS.
Now, free download it and check out the detailed steps given below.
Step 1. Install and run it. In the home interface, right-click the MBR disk and choose Convert to GPT Disk.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, click OK to confirm the operation.
Step 3. Click Apply and Proceed to commit the operation.
After a while, you can see that the large disk has been converted to GPT and all partitions on the disk are intact. If you need to convert a disk that contains OS or vice versa, please upgrade to Professional version.
B: Change MBR to GPT via command line utility Gptgen.
Gptgen is a command line utility allows you to convert hard disk from MBR scheme to GPT non-destructively. To apply Gptgen properly in Windows, here you can follow the steps below:
1. Download Gptgen from its official website and unpack it.
2. Press “Win+ R” and type “cmd” to run Command Prompt as administrator.
3. Type “gptgen.exe-w \\.\\ physicaldrive n”, where “n” is the number of the selected drive.
Type “y” to continue the operation when you receive the message that “This tool cannot guarantee that such partitions will remain bootable after conversion” and “Do you want to continue? [Y/N]”.
✔ Apart from Windows, Gptgen is suitable for Linux.
✔ The conversion of dynamic disk from MBR style to GPT is not supported by Gptgen.
✔ It is advised to backup important information and OS to avoid of data loss caused by wrong operations.
C: Convert MBR to GPT using MBR2GPT in Windows 10
When your computer is running Windows 10 version 1703 or later, it is with MBR2GPT utility. If the MBR disk is with OS installed, you can convert it to GPT without data loss using MBR2GPT. Do as the following steps to complete the conversion.
1. Run Command Prompt as administrator by pressing Windows + R, type “cmd” and hit Enter.
2. Type “mbr2gpt / convert / disk n / allowfullos” in the command prompt window.
✔ “n” is the number of the hard drive that you need to convert to GPT.
✔ If there is BitLocker-encrypted volume on the disk, suspend it before converting disk. To resume BitLocker after conversion, delete existing protectors and recreate them.
✔ Confirm that your device supports UEFI/EFI boot before converting and reconfigure the firmware after the operation.
✔ MBR2GPT .exe is only used to convert system disk from MBR to GPT. If you use it to convert a data disk, you can receive an error: MBR2GPT cannot find OS.
Obviously, converting MBR to GPT without deleting your partitions is easy to be performed via the three utilities mentioned above. You can choose the proper one to change MBR disk to GPT without losing data based on the specific demand.
When you are unfamiliar with command lines and want to seek out an easy yet effective way, it is a nice choice to apply AOMEI Partition Assistant. If you are familiar with computer knowledge, you can convert MBR to GPT without data loss using Gptgen. If your disk and system meet the requirements of MBR2GPT, it is OK to choose MBR2GPT.