How to Know Which Partition Table Your Disk Is Using

New computer systems that run with a novel edition of Windows, also come with different partition tables than earlier. This, sometimes leaves users in dilemma, as they are unaware of their newer partition table. And, when they try to install operating systems on the legacy platform, they may face issues.

But, you don’t have to be a tech master to know, which partition table your hard disk is using. Since, in Windows, there are two (typically) different ways of storing the partition table on a hard disk. First is GPT, which is more contemporary, and is essential for booting your Windows systems in UEFI mode. And, the next one is MBR- which is mandatory for booting your older Windows systems in BIOS mode.

So, How to Know Which Partition Table Your Disk Is Using?

You have two ways to know, which partition table your hard disk is using. You can check it either via Window’s Disk Management or Command Prompt.

  1. Steps to know which partition table your disk is using via Disk Management:
  • Hold the Windows and X keys together or right-click on the Start menu
  • Opt for Disk Management from the shown list
  • In the Disk Management wizard, find the disk for, which you want to check the partition type
  • Right-click on it and choose Properties
  • Have a look, at the right side of the Partition style
  • It should be either a Master Boot Record (MBR) or GUID Partition Table (GPT)

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  1. How to check which partition table the disk is using via Command Prompt?

For this, you need to first launch a Command Prompt window as Administrator. So, follow these guidelines to track the procedure.

  • Go to the Start menu and right-click on it
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin) option from the displayed window
  • Type diskpart, hit the Enter key
  • Next type, list disk and click on Enter button
  • A list that has info on all your attached disks will emerge
  • If your disk is GPT, then an asterisk (*) will be present under Gpt
  • If your disk is MBR, then no asterisk (*) will be located under Gpt

As shown here:

According to the above image, Disk 0 and Disk 1 are both having GPT partitions. And, Disk 2 is of MBR partition.