GPT Partition Table on Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Turtle, Aug 4, 2010.

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    Turtle Guest

    Hi everyone,

    Did I understand that right?

    MBR is the standard Partition Table for Windows and only can be used for
    the Hard disks WITH Windows on it.

    However the GUID Partition Table (GPT) be used ONLY for additional Hard
    disks under Windows?

    I THINK only MACs and Linux can be installed on a GUID Partition Table
    (GPT) System.

    I`m curious,
    Turtle, Aug 4, 2010
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    Carlos Guest

    Carlos, Aug 4, 2010
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    Steve Foster Guest

    MBR is the most commonly used partitioning scheme. It is not restricted
    to Windows.

    The biggest drawback of MBR is that it can't handle partitions over 2TB.

    This is where GPT comes in. It's the "new boy" and has been designed to
    avoid the restrictions of MBR.
    Nope. Windows can be installed and boot from a GPT disk.

    Note that some versions of Windows have limited GPT support (XP Home
    and lower).
    Steve Foster, Aug 4, 2010
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    Lynn McGuire Guest

    I THINK only MACs and Linux can be installed on a GUID Partition
    GPT booting requires any x64 version of Windows Vista or 7.

    Lynn McGuire, Aug 4, 2010
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    Steve Foster Guest

    x64 is not required.

    I thought I'd typed in the caveat, but that hasn't shown up, so I must
    have managed to send the post without it.

    The caveat for booting from GPT is that the PC must be EFI-based.
    Steve Foster, Aug 5, 2010
  6. 32-bit Windows cannot boot on GPT disks.

    John John - MVP, Aug 5, 2010
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    Steve Foster Guest

    Well, the GPT FAQ already linked to says otherwise.

    I did search for a more definitive answer, and failed to find one,
    though I did find lots of tales of woe related to GPT in general.
    Steve Foster, Aug 6, 2010
  8. No, it doesn't. It says that only the 64-bit version of Windows XP can
    read and write to GPT disks and it says that the 32-bit version of
    Server 2003 can also read and write to GPT disks. Other than that it
    says that only the Itanium versions of these operating systems can
    *boot* off GPT disks. Reading and writing to disks once the operating
    system is booted is not the same as booting off the disk.

    Booting on GPT disks is done via EFI (aka UEFI) and in view of the
    inevitable displacement of 32-bit with 64-bit Microsoft had decided long
    ago not to provide EFI support for its 32-bit operating systems, they
    make mention of this here:

    John John - MVP, Aug 6, 2010
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    Steve Foster Guest

    I'm presuming that the focus of the discussion is Vista/7, rather than
    XP (which is after all, almost 10 years old, and 2 versions out of

    Anyway, FAQ #16:

    "16. Can Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 read, write, and boot
    from GPT disks?
    Yes, all versions can use GPT partitioned disks for data. Booting is
    only supported for EFI-based systems."

    Which implies that a combination of an EFI PC + Vista/7 x32 ought to be
    able to boot from a GPT disk.
    Oh my, that does look a mess.
    Steve Foster, Aug 8, 2010
  10. Well, the name of this group is

    NO! Microsoft's offering of 32-bit operating systems *CANNOT* boot EFI!

    Quotes and links:

    Installing Windows to an EFI-Based Computer

    "If you are installing Windows to an EFI-based computer, you must enable
    EFI mode in the computer's firmware. You must enable EFI mode in both
    attended and unattended installations. You must boot to 64-bit EFI-mode
    preinstallation media (64-bit Windows PE in EFI mode, or 64-bit Windows
    Setup in EFI mode). You cannot install Windows to UEFI-based computers
    in BIOS mode."

    (x86 operating systems are BIOS-based operating systems)

    You cannot install or start Windows Vista when the volume of the system
    partition is larger than 2 terabytes

    This issue occurs for one of the following reasons: [...]

    You configure the GUID partition table (GPT) disk as the boot partition.

    "When you start an operating system from a GPT disk, the Extended
    Firmware Interface (EFI)-based BIOS is required. However, the EFI-based
    BIOS is not supported in Windows Vista 32-bit editions. Additionally, it
    is not supported in Windows Vista 64-bit editions unless you install
    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)."

    In this Microsoft PowerPoint presentation you can read:

    - 32-bit UEFI support is currently not part of our long term client and
    server roadmaps

    - 32-bit systems must boot Windows via BIOS

    In the same presentation you can see a chart clearly indicating that
    none of the 32-bit Windows can boot EFI.

    Inside the Windows Pre-Boot and Boot Environment [WinHEC 2006 ...]
    PowerPoint file:

    Same as above online (no ppt viewer required)

    More links telling you that 32-bit Windows does not support EFI:

    UEFI Support and Requirements for Windows Operating Systems

    Installing Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 on UEFI Systems

    John John - MVP, Aug 8, 2010
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