How to fix the "windows cannot be installed to this disk" error

In this guide you can find effective sầu solutions to fix "The selected disk is of the GPT partition style" error with the help of free disk partition manager If you are troubled by same problem in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XPhường, you can finish reading the instruction và fix it easily.
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Symptoms và causes


When you attempt to lớn install Windows 10/8/7 on your computer and the Windows Set up might reposts "Windows cannot be installed to lớn this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style." This is one of the common errors occur during Windows installation, and another similar error message is "Windows cannot be installed to lớn this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table." For general users, it is not that easy to lớn get clear on what PGT partition style is và what MBR means.


Possible causes

Being different from "The selected disk has an MBR partition table", the error message "Windows cannot be installed khổng lồ this disk. The selected disk is not of the GPT partition style" means the computer is mix up to boot in legacy BIOS mode, but the hard drive where you attempt lớn install Windows is partitioned as GPT style. Some old motherboards supports Legacy BIOS instead of Legacy + UEFI / CSM Boot. In Legacy BIOS, you can install operating system on a MBR disk only, as the legacy BIOS does not support modern GPT partition style. When the Windows version you want lớn install supports GPT, but the BIOS does not, the problem comes up during Windows Setup. Thus, the solution to lớn this error is converting GPT disk khổng lồ MBR.

How vì chưng I fix the selected disk is of the GPT partition style?

Please note that the first solutions wipes the hard drive before converting GPT lớn MBR, thus you should backup in advance. If you bởi not want lớn bởi vì that, you can try the second solution which converts GPT to MBR without data loss.

Solution #1: Wipe hard drive sầu và convert lớn MBR using Diskpart

Step 1.Press keys Shift + F10 when you see the "The selected disk is of the GPT partition style" error during system installation, which opens Command Prompt. If that does not work, please go baông chồng khổng lồ the first screen of the installation và press Shift + F10.

Step 2.Type diskpart in the command prompt and press Enter.

Step 3.Type commvà list disk và press Enter, which lists all disks connected lớn your computer.

Step 4.Type select disk # & press Enter. Replace # with the disk number representing the hard disk which is of GPT partition style.

Step 5.Type clean & press Enter. This commvà deleted all partitions và data from the selected disk.

Step 6.Type convert mbr and press Enter. This comm& convert disk khổng lồ MBR format. You can exit Comm& Prompt when you see "DiskPart successfully converted selected disk to lớn MBR format".


Solution #2: Convert GPT disk to MBR without data loss

This method used third-buổi tiệc nhỏ partition management software – Eassos lớn convert GPT to lớn MBR. This tool lets you convert disk between GPT và MBR without losing data and the process is quite easy.

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Step 1.Download, install và launch

Step 2.Select the disk you want khổng lồ convert, clichồng menu Disk and choose Convert khổng lồ MBR Partition Table.


Step 3.Click OK when asks for confirmation to lớn the operation.


Step 4.Clichồng Save All from toolbar khổng lồ save sầu changes to lớn partition table.

Step 5.Try installing Windows again to lớn check if the error is fixed.

After the scanning, you can check all recoverable files from the scanning results. Go to pnhận xét some specific file types lượt thích JPEG, JPG, GIF, PNG, MP4, DOC. etc. Select the recovered files you want to recover and cliông xã "Copy to" button khổng lồ get your data baông chồng.

What is a GPT disk?

GPT và MBR are two types of hard disk partition schemes. MBR stands for Master Boot Record và GPT stands for GUID Partition Table.

MBR is the traditional partition structure khổng lồ manage disk partitions, và it is widely used by a majority of users due khổng lồ its compatibility with most systems. MBR contains partition table, which is located at the very first block of a hard disk. Partition table stores partition information on the disk, such as partition number, starting location, partition kích cỡ, etc. Besides, MBR includes a small part of executable codes which serves OS boot up procedure. On a MBR disk you can create 4 primary partitions at most. If you want lớn create more partitions, you can phối one of the primary partitions as extended partition where you can create multiple logical partitions. The maximum form size of each partition on MBR disk cannot exceed 2TB.

GPT partition style is newer standard for disk partitioning, which defines partition structure by GUID (Globally Unique Identifiers). GPT is part of UEFI standard, which means UEFI-based system should be installed on GPT disk. GPT allows users khổng lồ created unlimited partitions and does not have limitation on partition kích thước. What"s more, the cyclic redundancy kiểm tra values are included in GPT so that it is able lớn check the data integrity and verify the integrity of GPT header. For example, in the case of corruption, GPT can notice the problem và try to restore data from other location.

For more information about MBR partition style và GPT partition style, please refer to lớn "MBR VS GPT, which one is better for your computer?"


In this pose, we discussed symptom, causes và solutions of error "Windows cannot be installed lớn this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style." which occurs during Windows installation. We hope this instruction is useful to you. If you have sầu other solutions or any questions on this issue, please feel không tính tiền to lớn chia sẻ or contact our tư vấn team.