It does not matter to the average computer user whether the disk in your computer uses the MBR type or the GPT type. But, for example, when you are trying to install Windows, it is important to know the type of your hard drive. In this guide, we are talking about how to find out if the hard drive type is MBR or GPT.
What is MBR and GPT type? What’s the difference?
The Master Boot Record type (or MBR type) uses the standard BIOS partition table to read the memory on a disk. Simply put, the Master Boot Record type stores information table about each partition at boot disk at the disk beginning. It can only work up to 2 terabytes and can be split up to 4 partitions and used on older Windows operating systems.
The GUID Partition Table (or GPT) uses the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (or UEFI) to read disk memory. Simply put, in the Master Boot Record type, each partition on the disk has its own unique identity. It supports up to 128 partitions and is also used for disks larger than 2 terabytes and used in new operating systems.
How to find out if the hard drive type is MBR or GPT
Method 1: By using the Device Manager
- Press the Windows key + X and select the Device Manager option from the list.
- Expand the Disk drive list and right-click on the disk name you want to check and choose the Properties option.
- After opened the Properties window, switch to the Volumes tab and click the Populate button.
- Now you can see your disk type in front of the partition type.
Method 2: By using the Command Prompt
- Click the Windows key + R and type CMD and press the enter key.
- After opened command prompt, type DISKPART and press the enter key.
list diskand press the enter key.
- If the disk is a GPT type, it will show an asterisk in the GPT bar. If the disk is an MBR type, it will show an asterisk in the DYN column.