You might have encountered an error telling you that Windows cannot be installed on the disk when you tried to install it on a new computer. It will ask you to convert your disk to GPT because it will not install Windows 10 on an MBR-style disk if a bootable USB stick is prepared for an MBR-style partition scheme.
It is important whenever you attempt to install Windows on your computer or any new PC to make sure that the partition scheme of the hard drive is GPT or MBR. When you know about their partition scheme you will create Bootable Windows 10 USB according to the assigned partition scheme.
A lot of hard disks have the same partition scheme, so you don’t need to know what that is in most cases. On the other hand, if you just assembled a new PC, you might be asked to choose between MPR and GPT partitions. Additionally, some programs require the partition scheme to be specified before the installation process.
If you are the same user that is currently having the same problem, you probably want to know whether your partition is GPT or MBR.
Let me tell you the difference between these two, The GPT partitioning scheme is the most common partitioning scheme and is perfectly fine to use if you boot your computer’s operating system in UEFI mode. However, on the other hand, MBR is needed to boot older versions of Windows in BIOS mode. The GPT partition scheme might be required if you are installing the latest version of Windows 10.
So here In this article, I am going to share the detailed method that how to check that if a disk drive is GPT or MBR in Windows 10
How to Check If a Disk Drive is GPT or MBR in Windows 10 3 Method
Before installing Windows or creating a bootable USB, you should know the disk partition scheme of your computer in order to install windows error-free.
Therefore it’s important to always know if your Windows 10 computer uses GPT or MBR partitions. So here i am going to share a detailed method that how you can check that if a disk is using GPT or MBR. So let’s take a look.
Method 1: Through Disk Management
This is one of the simplest methods to ensure that your disk drive has a GPT or MBR partition scheme. Follow the instruction which is given below in order to proceed.
Step 1. Start by right-clicking on the Start Button which is at button right and choosing ‘Disk Management.
Step 2. When you select ‘Disk Management’ it will open the Disk Management Tools where you can manage your disk partition and get hard disk info.
Step 3. Now right-click that hard disk which you want to know their partition scheme. And choose ‘properties’.
Step 4. It will open a new dialog box at there choose ‘Volumes’ tab.
Step 5. Now under the Disk Information, you will see Partition Style. This partition style tells you about your hard disk partition scheme.
That’s all. that’s how to Check If a Disk Drive is GPT or MBR in Windows 10 by using disk management tools of windows
Method 2: Using Command Prompt
If you don’t want to use the disk management tool, then you can command a prompt that is prominent and quick to get the info. Follow the instruction which is given below in order to proceed. To check if a disk uses GPT or MBR partition style.
Step 1. Start by, click on the Windows search by (Windows + S) or manually open by clicking on the start button and then type ‘command prompt’ and search for CMD. Right-click on the CMD and select ‘Run as administrator.’
Step 2. On the Command Prompt Window, type ‘diskpart‘ and then hit the Enter button.
Step 3. After that enter the ‘list disk’ on the command prompt and then hit enter
Step 4. It will show the list of the disk which is installed in your desktop/laptop. If the disk is GPT, it will be marked with an asterisk(*) under the GPT column. If the asterisk symbol is missing from the GPT column, then it’s an MBR disk.
That’s all that’s how you can check if a drive uses GPT or MBR partition style by using command prompt. I hope that you understand it well
Method 3: Using Powershell
Now that’s the third method that you can use if you don’t want to use the previous 2 methods. So in this method, you have to use Windows PowerShell which is a built-in tool for windows. Just follow the procedure which is given below in order to proceed.
Step 1. Start by, Open Windows Search and at there type ‘Windows PowerShell‘. Right-click on the Windows Powershell and select ‘Run as Administrator.’
Step 2. When Windows Powershell Open, type in ‘Get-Disk‘ and hit the Enter.
Step 3. It will show the list of installed drives on your pc. There, look at the ‘Partition Style’ column. This column will show the disk drive partition scheme which GPT or MBR.
That all. This is the final and quick method to check the disk partition scheme with a single command.
I hope that you understand it well. If you have any doubts feel free to comment us below we try to clear your doubts and share these methods with others.