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

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Overview of "The selected disk has an MBR partition table" error

When you install Windows operating system on your computer, you may often run inlớn an annoying error that prevents you from successfully installing system on your PC. The error message might be "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed lớn GPT disks". This computer"s hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk"s controller is enabled in the computer"s BIOS menu; or "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition table" The error "the selected disk has an MBR partition table" is very common 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 máy vi tính running Windows trang chính on an SSD hard drive sầu. I want to format hard drive sầu and reinstall Windows 7, for current system is very slow. I went lớn BIOS lớn change boot option khổng lồ legacy (There are no other options besides Legacy and UEFI). Both hard drive sầu & 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 to lớn format."


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 khung of GUID (Global Unique Identifier) Partition Table và it is another way khổng lồ storing partition information. GPT disk eliminates limitations on MBR, thus it doesn"t have limit on disk capađô thị or partition numbers. When you set up new disk on Windows 8 or 10, you will be recommended lớn 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 bởi not follow these rules, you are likely lớn encounter error messages talked about in this post. For information about GPT và MBR, please refer khổng lồ Windows & GPT FAQs

How khổng lồ fix "the selected disk has an MBR partition table"?

Therefore, if you want khổng lồ use the GPT partition scheme, you need khổng lồ enter BIOS, so that you can change boot option from Legacy to lớn UEFI. Then you also need lớn make sure the hard drive where you want lớn install Windows is partitioned with GUID partition table. If not, you need to lớn convert MBR disk to GPT or repartition hard drive sầu.

This article provides three solutions lớn fix "Windows cannot be installed khổng lồ this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed lớn GPT disks." so that you can complete Windows installation process smoothly. You can choose any solution based on your own preference and actual situation on your computer.

The first solution helps to change BIOS boot settings, by which you can install operating system on an MBR disk. If you want lớn keep UEFI and GPT, you can just convert current hard drive sầu to GPT disk. Then you won"t be blocked by the issue. Both solution 2 and solution 3 explain methods lớn convert MBR khổng lồ GPT: and Commvà Prompt.

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Solution 1: Change BIOS boot settings

Step 1 You can go through BIOS setting and change the UEFI boot configuration. What you need lớn vì is temporarily switching EFI boot to lớn SATA or legacy mode so that Windows can be installed to Legacy + MBR booted computer.

Step 2 Restart computer và enter BIOS by pressing Del or F10 before system boots. The specific key varies from Motherboard brand lớn another, but you can see it on screen soon after computer is powered on.

Step 3 In BIOS, go to lớn Boot Devices và find Boot order where you can disable EFI sources or change DVD drive from UEFI to SATA or Legacy Mode.

Step 4 Save changes and exit.

Step 5 Boot computer with system installing CD or disk and try install again.

Solution 2: Convert MBR disk khổng lồ GPT without data loss

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

Many guides on the Internet suggest converting MBR lớn GPT using command line, but that will erase all partition & data on the disk. You should make sure all important files are backed up. The most convenient và easy method to convert MBR to GPT is using third party software which is able khổng lồ vì the converting without disturbing existing files, saving time và effort to lớn backup data. Let"s see how lớn convert MBR disk to lớn GPT using không lấy phí partition manager Free.

Step 1 Install and launch Free. You can download this miễn phí partition manger không tính phí of charge from download center.

Step 2 Locate and select the MBR disk to be converted to lớn GPT in Free and cliông xã Disk menu to lớn choose Convert To GUID Partition Table.


Step 3 Clichồng OK button on the message box.


Step 4 Click Save All button khổng lồ save changes lớn partition table and the conversion takes effect.


Note: The converting process does not affect data on the disk. When the disk is converted to lớn GPT, you can retry installing Windows again. If your computer is not able lớn boot khổng lồ system, you can do the converting under Windows PE. is able to lớn boot to lớn WinPE version directly, or create a WinPE bootable USB disk.

Solution 3: Convert MBR disk khổng lồ GPT disk using Comm& Prompt

This method is capable of converting MBR disk lớn GPT, as well, but it is data destructive sầu, which means you will certainly thua trận data and partition on the disk. Thus, you need lớn backup all crucial files to a different hard drive in advance. Try this method your own risk.

Step 1 At the Windows installation screen, go to lớn comm& prompt by pressing Shift & F10 key.

Step 2 Type following commands in Comm& Prompt and press Enter key after each comm&.


list disk (rethành viên the disk number for which you want to lớn convert lớn GPT)

select disk # (replace # with the number of the disk lớn be converted partition table type)

clean (this command removes all partition and data off the disk)

convert gpt


Step 3 Once the disk is converted khổng lồ GPT, you can create partitions on the disk và install Windows without errors.


This article presents three methods lớn fix "The selected disk has an MBR partition table", & hope you can fix it easily & get Windows installed successfully. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please feel không lấy phí to liên hệ us vis email.