Windows 10: How to determine if a drive is GPT or MBR formatted.

  • Click on the drive to see if it is GPT or MBR in Windows 10. “Disk Management,” Click the disk with your right-click and select “Properties,” Open the “Volume” Click the tab to confirm. Master Boot Record (MBR). The following are some examples of how to use “GUID Partition Tables (GPTs)” style.
  • You can find out more about this by clicking here. Command Prompt (admin).Run the “Diskpart,” When you are ready, click here. “List Disk” Commands and confirm the style of partition.
  • Run “Get-Disk” Command on PowerShell (admin). To determine if a disk is MBR or GPT, you need to check the file system.

Windows 10 offers two different partition styles, the legacy and the newer. Master Boot Record Or the newer “GUID Partition Table” (GPT) Partitions describe the way data is stored and their boundaries (start, end) as well as the instructions on how to boot the partition.

MBR vs.

It is important to note that the word “you” means “you”. Master Boot Record (MBR). Windows 10’s older style is compatible with the majority of drives, but has limitations. For example, it only supports drives up to 2TB per section.

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On the other side, GUID Partition Table This newer style, however, overcomes limitations and supports larger capacity drivers as well as an unlimited number partitions. Other advantages include self-recovery and data integrity checks, as well as partition and boot data being stored in multiple locations within the drive.

Use GPT or MBR?

Use GPT instead:

  • Windows 10 32-bit version.
  • Legacy BIOS (Basic input Output System)
  • Small drives (usually under 2TB)

Use MBR instead:

  • Windows 10 64-bit version.
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, or UEFI, firmware.
  • Large drives over 2TB.

In this guide, you will learn how to determine whether a hard disk uses the MBR partition style or GPT.

Disk Management will show you the partition type (MBR or GPT) if it is MBR.

Follow these steps to determine the style of partitioning on a Windows 10 hard drive.

  1. Open Start Windows 10

  2. Search for Disk Management Click the top search result to open the application.

  3. Click the disk (not partition) by right-clicking and selecting the Property option.

    Disk Management properties

  4. Click here to learn more. Volumes tab.

  5. The “Partition style field” will confirm whether the drive was formatted according to the Master Boot Record (MBR). The following are some examples of how to use “GUID Partition Tables (GPTs)” style.

    Check MBR or GPT

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After you have completed the steps, Windows 10 will tell you which partition style is used on the drive.

Check the MBR or GPT Partition Style from Command Prompt

Use these steps to determine whether the drive is using GPT or MBR when you are at Command Prompt:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command PromptRight-click on the top result and select the Run as Administrator option.

  3. To determine the drive partitioning scheme, type the following commands and press Enter Each line:

    List disk  
  4. If the drive uses “GPT,” There’s an asterisk in the character Under the “Gpt” column. If the asterisk is not visible, you can still use this column. The drive is a

    Command Prompt check MBR or GPT



You will be able to tell which Windows 10 partition style your drive uses after you have completed the steps.

  1. PowerShell – Check the MBR or GT partition styleFollow these steps to determine if the drive is MBR, GPT or both using PowerShell:Open

  2. Start.Search for PowerShellRight-click on the top result and select the

  3. Run as Administrator option.To determine the drive partitioning scheme, type the following commands and press

  4. :Get-DiskIn the column “Partition Style”, determine if you are using the MBR The following are some examples of how to use

    PowerShell check MBR or GPT

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scheme.You will know the type of partition that Windows 10 uses once you have followed the steps.

Update February 6, 2020:

This guide is updated with new information to ensure accuracy.

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