This post aims khổng lồ fix error “Windows cannot be installed lớn this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed to lớn GPT disks.” It provides step-by-step solutions lớn help you get rid of the issue so that you can install Windows without problem.Bạn đang xem: Fixed

Symptom of error “The selected disk has an MBR partition table”

When you install Windows operating system on your computer, you may often run inkhổng lồ an annoying error that prevents you from successfully installing system on your PC. The error message might be “Windows cannot be installed lớn this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed to lớn GPT disks. This computer’s hardware may not support booting khổng lồ this disk. Ensure that the disk’s controller is enabled in the computer’s BIOS thực đơn.” or “Windows cannot be installed khổng lồ this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition table.” The error “the selected disk has an MBR partition table” is very comtháng which appears on many Windows versions such as Windows 7, windows 8, Windows hệ thống 2008, etc. Here is a real case found on forum:


I have sầu a Dell laptop running Windows trang chính on a SSD hard drive. I want to lớn format hard drive sầu and reinstall Windows 7, for current system is very slow. I went khổng lồ BIOS lớn change boot option to lớn legacy (There are no other options besides Legacy and UEFI). Both hard drive & SSD can be recognized in BIOS. The Windows thiết lập couldn’t work as expected & constantly gave “the selected disk has an MBR partition table” error when I select the partition that I want khổng lồ format.

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MBR VS GPT, which one is better for your computer? MBR stands for Master Boot Record which is a special boot sector located at the very beginning of storage device. It contains boot loader for operating system. The shortcoming lies in that MBR disk can manage up to 2TB disk space và it can hold four primary partitions at most.

GPT is the short size of GUID (Global Unique Identifier) Partition Table và it is another way to storing partition information. GPT disk eliminates limitations on MBR, thus it doesn’t have sầu limit on disk capađô thị or partition numbers. When you mix up new disk on Windows 8 or 10, you will be recommended khổng lồ use GPT.

It mainly depends on your BIOS configuration whether you can use MBR or GPT. Old computers usually employ Legacy BIOS + MBR boot mode, while recent computers use UEFI + GPT. If you do not follow these rules, you are likely to encounter error messages talked about in this post.

How to fix “the selected disk has an MBR partition table”?

Solution 1: Change BIOS boot settings

You can go through BIOS setting và change the UEFI boot configuration. What you need to lớn vì is temporarily switching EFI boot khổng lồ SATA or legacy mode so that Windows can be installed khổng lồ Legacy + MBR booted computer.Restart computer and enter BIOS by pressing Del or F10 before system boots. The specific key varies from Motherboard brand to lớn another, but you can see it on screen soon after computer is powered on.In BIOS, go to lớn Boot Devices & find Boot order where you can disable EFI sources or change DVD drive sầu from UEFI lớn SATA or Legacy Mode.Save changes and exit.Boot computer with system installing CD or disk và try install again.

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Solution 2: Convert MBR disk lớn GPT

For the moment, your hard drive is of MBR style while BIOS is set lớn UEFI boot mode. Thus another way khổng lồ solve this error is converting MBR partition table khổng lồ GPT. When the disk is converted to GPT, you will no longer face the issue.

Many guides on the Internet suggest converting MBR to GPT using comm& line, but that will erase all partition & data on the disk. You should make sure all important files are backed up. The most convenient & easy method lớn convert MBR to GPT is using third các buổi tiệc nhỏ software which is able to bởi the converting without disturbing existing files, saving time & effort to lớn backup data. Let’s see how lớn convert MBR disk to GPT using free partition manager PartitionGuru Free:

Install và launch PartitionGuru Free. You can tải về this không tính tiền partition manger không tính tiền of charge from download center.Locate and select the MBR disk lớn be converted khổng lồ GPT in PartitionGuru Free and clichồng Disk menu lớn choose “Convert To GUID Partition Table”.

Click OK button on the message box. Then cliông xã Save sầu All button to make the converting work. When the disk is converted khổng lồ GPT, you can retry installing Windows again.

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Cliông chồng “Save sầu All” button khổng lồ save sầu changes khổng lồ partition table và the conversion takes effect.This entry was posted in Partition Manager and tagged the selected disk has an MBR partition table, Windows cannot be installed khổng lồ this disk by Bookmark the permalinks.

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