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  1. So for the last couple of weeks I've been unable to update Windows to build 1709 as my main drive is on MBR and there isn't an easy way to convert it to GPT without reinstalling windows (to my knowledge), so I've been putting off the major updates. But with these recent developments about Specter and Meltdown, should I need to worry about reinstalling to get those updates or will they still roll down to older builds of Win10 (1703 for instance)?
  2. So I am trying to transfer the data from my old 1tb WD Blue to my new 4tb Seagate Barracuda (keep in mind, not OS disk). I usually use Minitool partition wizard free edition but the free version only supports MBR but in order to get one 3.7 tb volume I need GPT format type, I would normally just go into windows explorer and ctrl-C and ctrl-V to transfer the files but I am getting some abysmal speeds considering they are connected via SATA Directly to another computers MoBo (10-30 MB/s). Does anybody have a recommendation for some software that would work for this?
  3. So I am trying to transfer the data from my old 1tb WD Blue to my new 4tb Seagate Barracuda (keep in mind, not OS disk). I usually use Minitool partition wizard free edition but the free version only supports MBR but in order to get one 3.7 tb volume I need GPT format type, I would normally just go into windows explorer and ctrl-C and ctrl-V to transfer the files but I am getting some abysmal speeds considering they are connected via SATA Directly to another computers MoBo (10-30 MB/s). Does anybody have a recommendation for some software that would work for this?
  4. Windows 10 installation on SATA SSD!

    Hey folks over there, here's the quick query: I am getting my new Toshiba SATA 6Gbps 240GB 2.5" SSD tonight and I will install Windows 10 Pro x64 on that. I want to use GPT-UEFI and NOT MBR anymore. And I don't wanna use BIOS too. Help me regarding this. I don't wanna screw something up so expert advice is what I need. Walk me through the points you would want to let me know.
  5. Unallocated space not accessible

    Hello, I added a 250 GB SSD to my PC, along with a 3 TB HDD. I used to have only the HDD and it was working perfectly fine. When I added the SSD, I did a fresh install of Windows. In the installation menu I just deleted all the existing partitions on the HDD (without formatting them!) and I then installed the Windows to the SSD. During the setup, I noticed that the HDD was separated into 2 parts: 2 TB + 1 TB (700+ GB actually), but I thought I could fix this in the Windows. Now it seems that I can only use 2 TB and I formatted it successfully in the Disk Manager, but the remaining 1 TB part is left there as "Unallocated space" and it doesn't give me any options to format it, nor the option to expand the 2 TB part. I did my digging in the realms of internets, downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard and found out that this unallocated space is formatted as MBR (Master Boot Record). I can't seem to find a solution to format it to NTSC so I can use it only as storage. The HDD is now completely empty and I have all my data on the SSD so I have no HDD data to lose. However, I don't want to reinstall the Windows because I have a fresh install right now and it took me hours to download all the programs and set it up as I like. I also can't just "unplug" the SSD because it's an M.2 and it's located under the GPU so it would be too much fuss. How do I change the format of the HDD from MBR to NTSC or something so I can use its whole capacity? Thanks for your help.
  6. I'm going to get it out of the way that GPT is the standard when initializing drives, don't need to debate that. However, in theory wouldn't it be possible to expand the storage capacity of MBR drives by using Advanced Format or e512 drives? Standard hard drives have sector sizes of 512 bytes, and MBR works on a 32 bit addressing system so naturally, 2^32*512B gives you 2.199TB which is how we get to the 2TB storage cap on MBR. But consider those AF drives, which generally have 4096 Byte sectors. In theory we could get 2^32*4096B = 17.596TB in storage. There's no point in actually putting this into practice realistically but would it be possible? Currently those drives will emulate the 512B sector system by putting 8 512B virtual sectors on the 4096B physical sector allowing applications and OSs to function normally. Only problem is, you're still limited by the 2.199TB cap as discussed earlier. So this begs the questions, what would be involved in getting a system to run 4096B MBR? Or is it only possible on paper? Thoughts?
  7. So I closed my SSD to my NVMe and even though my NVMe was supposed to be GPT, because my SSD (Win 10 OS) had MBR, it converted the NVMe to MBR. I tried using the mbr2gpt tool in windows\system32 but kept getting an error. After looking deeper into it, I realized it was because my BIOS mode was in legacy (verified in System Information). How do I change this without reinstalling Windows 10 from a USB? I already changed in my motherboard's BIOS from legacy to UEFI but this doesn't seem to affect the BIOS mode in Windows. I'm pretty sure this is all that's preventing me from converting my NVMe from MBR to GPT.
  8. Fresh Windows install madness

    So I'm REALLY confused tight now. There's so much to ask but i don't know where to begin, so I guess I start from the beginning... I recently bought an upgrade to my PC and ended up with this: Ryzen 5 1600 w/ wraith spire cooling MSI B350 Gaming pro carbon Corsair vengence LPX DDR4 3200MHz CL16 16GB MSI gtx 960 (this wasn't upgraded) Crucial BX100 256GB SSD (This wasn't upgraded) WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM (This wasn't upgraded) The rest I think is not needed but tell me if you want it. And here is a list of my problems/concerns/confusion and what made me go crazy: 1. I don't know what is Windows 10 WHQL support 2. I installed new BOX windows 10 64/32 bit USB but on the non UEFI mode because of this error: windows can only be installed to gpt disks 3. If I switched the whql support, would I be able to install the UEFI windows 10? 4. Does this have to do with my board not recognizing my DVD drive plugged into SATA3 port and that I can see 4 USB drives in windows though they don't exist? (E:/ F:/ G:/ and H:/) 5. does this have to do with my audio problem? 6. Should I update my bios to v15? I have v14 7. Should I reinstall windows but this time with WHQL support enabled and with UEFI mode? (If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's that the USB windows stick has 2 install modes: w/ and w/o UEFI and I don't know anything else about it) 8. Why can't I turn my ram to 3200MHz though the board can read it's XMP profile, changes it to the profile but still shows ram running 2133MHz (the ram is tested for 3200MHz by the manufacturer on their website (search for CMK16GX4M2B3200C16R) and is even samsung B-Die) 9. And last but not least, Can I kill myself now? Because I hate this sh*t and I'm going crazy. If it sounds confusing to you, it's because it is. AMA if you need more explanation over this situation. and please tell me quickly if I should reinstall, because I don't want to settle down too much and have to format everything again. EDIT: Audio is solved, trying the reinstall tomorrow morning, will update my status EDIT2: DVD is working now, I had a bad SATA cable EDIT3: reinstalled windows, did all the stuff you told me to and most of the problems are fixed. I also updated bios which significantly improved post time and now after leaving bios it turns on and off a few times but eventually boots up. Above you can see the remaining problems.
  9. Hi, I'm having 2 Hard Disks. (I'll say "C" for Disk 1 and "D" for Disk 2 from now) And I installed Fresh Win 10 over a years ago.So I don't remember what was the reason. But This is the situation. There is 2 Windows version when booting.But only one is booting properly.So the 'working windows files' are in C disk but the 'damaged windows files and the MBR' is in D drive. But I have to replace the D drive now.(without reinstalling / formatting Disk C) I can't simply unplug D because MBR is in D.But all windows files are in C. Is there are a way to copy just the MBR to C?
  10. Evening all, In need of some serious help. This evening has entailed a lot of recalibration of my plex server. Somehow.. don't ask how, 2 drives do not want to show themselves on boot without a third party program to nudge them into action. nothing mechanical related however I suspect some how the partition orders are not right as it appears that the drive does not assign a drive letter. manage to do so and it work fine... until I reboot when it goes back to normal. Ive been doing this via Mini Tool Partition wizard pro and it seems to work. My thinking is that the wrong path is linked atm toward my 2 drives some how or the Boot record is messed up. could anybody help get me out as I'm lost... Oh it says the drives are empty... most certainly not empty and defo there!
  11. NVME MBR or GPT ? im confused

    So I installed an NVME drive 960 evo in my PC and now windows wants me to initialize it . MBR or GPT ? I will eventually make it the boot drive and my MB ( X99S SLI PLUS says *Intel RST does not support PCIe M.2 SSD with Legacy ROM.* on the website Im not sure what im supposed to do.
  12. MBR crash fix

    Hlw linus i have a problem. i have a western digital blue internal 1 tb hdd. few month ago it crashed after installing windows 10. then when i try to re use it by formating from disk management is says "Disk is write protected" i also try to fix the problem by using HDD HDD Regenerator it says " Master Boot Record of This Hard drive is Damaged !" Please Help me that how can Restore MBR to the Hard disk or others way . i attached some screenshot below . Thank You
  13. Hello, I finished installing my Samsung SSD and needed to do a Secure Erase because of some issues. I was wondering whether I should set the the partion to MBR or GPT? I will be Migrating my current C Partition over to the M.2 drive later. I do not have a product key because this was a laptop and I do not plan on buying or reinstalling a fresh copy of windows without a key.
  14. Hello all, I was trying to set up a triple boot system (Windows 10, Linux Mint, Remix OS) as an upgrade from the current dual-boot system I run. I'm aware that an MBR partition table can only have 4 primary partitions; however, I have somehow accidentally created 5... Should I be concerned that this might corrupt my files on this drive? There's no problems with files so far, but I am worried that they might appear in the future. It does appear to have caused an issue elsewhere though. When booting the computer, I get an error which says 'Unknown Filesystem', and I am sent into GRUB rescue mode. This is what I am typing into the rescue mode command line to make the computer boot: >set boot=(hd0,msdos6) >set prefix=(hd0,msdos6)/boot/grub >insmod normal >normal After entering the last line above, the computer then shows the normal GRUB menu, and I can choose to boot into either Windows or Mint (I haven't set Remix up yet due to this issue) I was wondering if there was a permanent fix to this issue, so that the GRUB menu would show up straight away as normal? Finally, is it safe to delete the 5th partition which has caused the issue, or will editing the partitions further cause more issues? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  15. MBR Overwritten

    Hi I goofed up real bad. I ran a .sln file, which had a OTR exploit in it, that downloaded a file which caused BSOD and overwrote my biggest drive. How can I repair this?
  16. Covert MBR to GPT only the Partition

    Hi, I'm currently installing windows 10 on my pc. While installing I receive a message called " Windows can only install on GPT " I know how to convert, but I have another question regarding this issue. What I did is, I bring cmd while installing by pressing Shift + f10. ME on CMD : diskpart ME on CMD : list disk CMD to ME : showing list of disk (It shows only the hard drive not partition) ME on CMD : select disk 1 CMD to ME : disk 1 is selected ME on CMD : list partition CMD to ME : Showing list of partition ME on CMD : Select partition 1 (My partition contain files and I need to format only one partition) CMD to ME : Partiton 1 is selected My question is If I write clean, does format only the selected partition or entire hard drive ? I really don't want to format entire hard disk, because it contain my 300 gb project file that I done so for. So please help me out, I need an answer. I would really appreciated If I got a quick replay Thanks Warm regards Prasanth B
  17. VMware MBR help

    I just installed VMware on my Dell R310 rackmount server. I am now installing Ubuntu. In the install process, it is asking if it should add a new MBR. Should I or would that screw up everything else?
  18. Can't reinstall windows on SSD after scam

    Yesterday I was scamed by someone who said to be from Microsoft. Anyway, I am now locked out of my computer and want to just wipe everything off my harddrive and do a clean installation of windows 10. However the windows key that I own is windows 8.1 and the ability to upgrade to windows 10 for free is not valid anymore. Is there any chance that windows know that I upgraded my key while the option was avaliable and could offer to upgrade me now? Also, I downloaded a windows 10 iso file to an usb stick but when I try to install windows on to that SSD it just tells me that it can't be done because my chosen disk has a MBR while windows can only be installed on GPT discs. What is the deal here? Did the guy reform my SSD or something? The harddrive The SSD is an120GB kingston.
  19. I've been stumped on this for a while, and I've found solutions on other forums but none have worked for me. I had a Windows 10 error after it had been installed for a while and so I thought I would just format the drive and reinstall. Nothing I haven't done before, but this time, whenever I try to install Windows, it will go to the menu to select a drive and then it says that the drive is of GPT format and "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computers hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computers BIOS menu". This is a computer that I custom built and like I said, I've formated drives and everything all the time and this is the first time something like this has happened. I can change the format easily enough and I think the other error it gives me is the problem. Specs: AsRock 970m Pro III AMD FX8350 Transcend 256GB SSD 370 (TS256GSSD370S) (I've also tried using this drive, but the same thing) Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
  20. Argh..... So my desktop pc has been running off a 1tb hard drive until today, when I finally put an ssd in there. The SSD I'm using is the SanDisk SSD Plus 240gb model. So I go on my merry way installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 on there and it turns out that my SSD is formatted with MBR. Ok. No problem. I go use diskpart to try to change it to GPT. Boom. Get an error. I install an application called AOMEI Partition Assistant. Boom. Another error. When I try to convert the disk to GPT through the application it tells me there's not enough disk space when converting to GPT. Any ideas why this is happening and how to fix it? I just want to use my stupid SSD already
  21. Windows 10 installation setup

    My computer has been fucked for 4 days. I have work to do. And I'm done with trying basics. I'll wait for replies, so I'm relying on you. Please help me. 1.I want to install windows 10 on my formatted 256 GB SSD. ;( 2. What is MBR partition table? I only know about NTFS and thats what I put. 3. EFI refers to UEFI? 4. What is a GPT disk? ''windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems can only be installed on GPI disks'' I once again: deleted the partition of the SSD. and I created a full single NTFS partition. Still same problem. Also, wtf is load driver for?
  22. Some of my partitions are not showing up. Except c partition, d, e, f partitions are missing and called "free space". I didn't formatted or re partitioned them. I think the sectors are bad and mbr should be repaired. There are so many important files i have in those partitions. NEED QUICK HELP.
  23. Ok i built a computer for my brother a coupple of months ago, in January, and i recently just did a check up to see if everything was fine, and no it wasent at all. The main problem is that his 1TB SSHD dosent show up in the file explorer and is configured as a MBR drive. I have not got even the slightest clue on how this hapaned but it did and so i looked up a fix for it, you had to do some stuff in the BIOS with some comands and it didnt seem to hard, BUT when i try getting into the BIOS i cant, i press delete or F2 and spam them all throughout the boot but it still dosent do it for some reson, he is useing my old ASRock motherboard(cant remember the name) and i had no problems like that with it so i dont know what to do here, is there maby a way to get it to force start into the BIOS with some CMD magic or something like that, or should i remove the drive, plug it into my computer and do the reformating from it? im not sure what to do so some help would be great, thanks for any replied and any help
  24. GPT vs MBR partition styles

    Hi, i'm planning to buy a new HDD(this SATA 2 one is really slow in read speeds because of heavy usage), and my motherboard is Gigabyte B85m D3H. As it supports UEFI i'm thinking of installing Windows 10 with GPT partition scheme. What's the main difference between GPT and MBR. What are the performance differences between these two. Would you recommend WD or Toshiba HDDs (1TB) Thank you