There are different ways to store the partition table on a drive. The most widely used methods are GPT (Guid Partition Table) and MBR (Master Boot Record). This article shows you how to check your disk is using GPT or MBR.

Check partition table type using the GUI

Step 1. Press Windows key + X on your keyboard and scroll down the menu.

Step 2.  Click on disk management.

Step 3. Locate the disk you want to check. Right-click on your disk and then click Properties.

Check Disk Properties

Step 4. Open the volumes tab and check partition style.

 Partition styleUsing Diskpart

Step 1. Open the command prompt with elevated privileges.

Step 2. Execute the following two commands and look for GPT table. If you have a GPT partition style disk, there will be a * in corresponding row. If it is blank, you have an MBR style disk.

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Check partition type with diskpart


How to Check if a Disk Uses GPT or MBR on Windows

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

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