Windows cannot be installed to this disk, but to GPT disks [Solved]

Sophie Luo, in Technical Tips Tags: Windows 7Windows 8



It has happened to quite a few users that they are having trouble installing Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or other versions and builds of Microsoft operating system because of this message shown above. 

Fortunately, this is not a difficult problem to tackle. 

Before we actually get started to solve this problem, here is something you might want to know, just to help you understand what problem you are dealing with. 

MBR (Master Boot Record) and GPT (GUID Partition Table) are two different types of partitioning structures. MBR is the most compatible and still necessary in some cases, whilst GPT is the newer standard and is gradually replacing MBR with many advantages it brings. 

The reason why you are seeing this notification is that the new operating system you are installing is based on UEFI system and it requires to be installed on GPT. The original operating system is with MBR partition structures, thus with the error. 

Now that we are clear about the reason, we can move forward to the solution. We just need to convert the partition type from MBR to GPT and then install again. 

WARNING: Please mane sure that you have backed-up all the data in your partitions, not just partition C, before you move on. Because the following moves will erase ALL your data and files on your disks. 


Option One

1) Turn off your computer, and then put in the Windows installation DVD or USB key. 

2) Start the computer. You should be able to see the Install Windows window.



3) Then press Shift + F10 at the same time to open a command prompt window. 

4) In the Command Prompt window, type in the following commands: 

disk part
list disk 

Hit Enter respectively after each command.



5) Identify the disk you want to reformat. Select it and then reformat it by typing the command below: 

select disk (your disk number) 
clean
convert gpt
exit

Still, hit Enter after each of the command. 

Close the Command Prompt window. 

6) Now just continue the Windows Setup installation. 

7) When asked Which type of installation do you want? Choose Custom



8) The driver will appear as a single area of unallocated space. Choose the unallocated space and click Next.



The Windows installation should begin now. 


Option Two

NOTE: Please make sure that you have made a backup of your data on the disk before you continue. Because this will erase ALL the data on the disk you choose to convert. 

1) Press Windows key and X at the same time, then choose Disk Management



2) Right click the partitions on the drive and then choose Delete Partition or Delete Volume… to remove them. Repeat this process in each partition on that disk. 



3) After you remove all the partitions from the disk, you can right click the disk and select Convert to GPT Disk. This option will only be available when all the partitions have been wiped. 

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