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Is there any disadvantage to converting my 2TB Windows 10 drive from MBR to GPT?

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Cyber Akuma    1

I want to upgrade from a 2TB drive to a 4TB drive in a few months, and I just want to have everything setup and ready so when I get the drive I can just image my 2TB drive over to the 4TB one and get going without much fuss. (To be technical, it's two 1TB SSDs in RAID0 that I will be replacing with 2TB versions). 
 
I know that you need GPT for a drive over 2TB, and that Windows 10 has tools to convert a MBR drive to GPT, but is there any reason to leave a drive that's 2TB or under on MBR? I know that older 32bit operating systems won't work on it, that's not an issue as I only have Windows 10 64bit on it, are there any other downsides or disadvantages to using GPT on a drive below 2TB or can I just convert it to GPT to prepare it for when I eventually will image it to a 4TB drive? And would that RAID I mentioned get in the way of it in any way?

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George P    5,559
On 8/27/2019 at 9:51 PM, Cyber Akuma said:

I want to upgrade from a 2TB drive to a 4TB drive in a few months, and I just want to have everything setup and ready so when I get the drive I can just image my 2TB drive over to the 4TB one and get going without much fuss. (To be technical, it's two 1TB SSDs in RAID0 that I will be replacing with 2TB versions). 
 
I know that you need GPT for a drive over 2TB, and that Windows 10 has tools to convert a MBR drive to GPT, but is there any reason to leave a drive that's 2TB or under on MBR? I know that older 32bit operating systems won't work on it, that's not an issue as I only have Windows 10 64bit on it, are there any other downsides or disadvantages to using GPT on a drive below 2TB or can I just convert it to GPT to prepare it for when I eventually will image it to a 4TB drive? And would that RAID I mentioned get in the way of it in any way?

I didn't bother with this on my smaller 512GB C drive so it's the old MBR but going GPT even on smaller drives gives you advantages over MBR.  Mostly for protection from data error.   Long ago I'd have my MBR get corrupt, then I'd have to use tools to repair it.  GPT is much more safe as far as that goes.

 

So why not switch everything to GPT if you can?  I see no disadvantage to it.

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erpster3    35

Cyber, if your machine has UEFI, then make the switch to GPT.  UEFI systems work best with large HDDs & SSDs using GPT instead of MBR

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Cyber Akuma    1

It has UEFI, but I think my motherboard is currently in Legacy mode. So that's another hurdle I would have to overcome. Hopefully Windows won't complain about that if I switch it to UEFI.

 

Most of the guides I saw though strangely mentioned switching the motherboard to UEFI after the conversion..... wouldn't it make more sense to do it after since UEFI does support booting off of MBR?

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