Tips on Changing Partition Style In Windows 7

Published: 19th September 2011
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Do you want to change the hard drive partition style in Windows 7 operating system but don't know how to do it? You are not a tech geek and thinking to consult a remote tech support provider to help you out? If the answer is yes, this article is for you. Here you will find ways to change partition style in Windows 7.

The Master boot record (MBR) file system format is used by Microsoft Windows 7-based computers having a hard disk size of less than 2 terabytes. In MBR the files are stored in a standard BIOS partition table. If your computer is having a hard drive with more than 2 terabytes data capacity, then the MBR format will not work.

For the larger hard drives, the GUID partition table (GPT) is used. It uses the unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) method in order to store files. In Windows 7 operating system, you have options to change the partition style of a hard disk. You can do it from MBR to GPT and vice versa.

Before you start, don't forget to backup all your data. This is because changing the partition style will erase all the contents on the hard disk. You can use a CD, DVD or an external hard drive to backup your existing data.

Once your backup is taken, click the "Start" button on the taskbar and type "cmd" in the Search box and then hit "Enter." Type "diskpart" at the command prompt and again hit "Enter." Now type the "list disk" command at the "DISKPART" command prompt and then again press "Enter." All the hard disks connected to your PC will now be displayed. You will notice each hard disk has a unique number assigned to it like 0,1,2 and so on.

Now you need to type "select disk disknumber" at the "DISKPART" prompt. Then press "Enter." You need to replace the disk number of the hard disk of which the partition style you would like to change. At the "DISKPART" prompt type "clean" and then press "Enter." All the partitions on the particular disk will now be deleted. Now type "convert gpt" at the "DISKPART" prompt. This is for converting a hard disk from MBR format to GPR. If you want the reverse thing, then type "convert mbr". This will convert a hard disk from GPR to MBR. After typing the command press "Enter."

This is the process of changing partition style in Windows 7 operating system. However, if you find the process difficult, you can always get in touch with an online computer service provider.

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