Despite all theadvantages of GPT (GUID Partition Table), many still rely on the technologyit’s trying to replace, MBR. So it only makes sense for some users to convertGPT to MBR and use the latter in partitioning their hard drive.

In this post,we’ll discuss the difference between GPT and MBR. We’ll also show you how toconvert GPT to MBR in as few steps as possible.

WhatAre GPT and MBR?

Both GPT and MBRare both methods of partitioning information on a hard drive.

GPT is meant toimprove upon the limitations of MBR including storage limitations. It alsoreduces the risk of file corruption and performs redundancy checks to keep yourdata in place.

But because it’snewer, GPT suffers from compatibility issues with older systems.

So while GPT isseen as the future, some users still prefer MBR over GPT.

Note: You can convert to GPT without data loss provided you back up your files on a separate hard drive before starting.

ConvertUsing Disk Management

You can use Disk Management to convert yourpartition.

Note: The following steps weredone in Windows 10. However, Disk Management should also be available forWindows Vista to Windows 8.1 users.

Open Control Panel. Go to System and Security > Administrative Tools.

A new window willpop up. Open Computer Management.

After ComputerManagement opens, go to the left-hand sidebar. Under Storage, select DiskManagement.

Important! The next steps willrequire you to delete your partitions. If you haven’t backed up your files, nowwould be a good time to do so.

To convert a diskfrom GPT to MBR, every volume would have to be deleted. Right-click a volumeand select Delete Volume.

Do this for allpartitions. Once finished, right-click the disk and select Convert to MBR Disk.

Create newpartitions as needed.

ConvertUsing Command Prompt

The conversionprocess can also be achieved using the CommandPrompt. Remember to backup your files before you proceed.

Open Command Prompt and type DISKPART.

If you’re asked if you’d allow the application to make changes, click Yes. Type LIST DISK and press Enter.

Take note of the disk number you’d like to convert. Type SELECT DISK X (replacing X with the disk number).

Type CLEAN and press Enter. This action will remove all the contents of the disk. So make sure you back your files beforehand.

Then type CONVERT MBR and press Enter. Close Command Prompt after it’s done.

ConvertUsing Third-Party Apps

If you’re not comfortable using Disk Management or Command Prompt, you can convert using third-party software (sometimes referred to as data recovery software).

There are anumber of available options online. You’re going to have to pay for most ofthese solutions but they do promise to convert while keeping your files intact.

Beforedownloading any program, be sure to double-check the brand’s credibility. Dosome research and find feedback from other users. Using an unproven app mightcompromise your computer’s security.

These programs,while not officially endorsed by Windows, are appealing to users for theirsimplicity and ease of use. They could be worth trying out.