MBR VS GPT for Windows Server 2016
Nowadays, when building servers, people prefer large capacity drives more than 2TB.
As we all know, disk space
beyond 2TB will be unusable on Master Boot Record (MBR) disks. If you are
going to run new server system such as Windows Server 2016, it is recommended to
choose the GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition style, which uses the Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot mode.
The Recent hardware uses the
advanced UEFI by default, and most of the older hardware has support for UEFI too.
Therefore, to make full use of your hard drive, you can convert MBR to GPT in
Windows Server 2016.
Convert to MBR/GPT with Windows 2016 Disk Management
Disk Management can convert disks between MBR and GPT only when the disk is empty
without any partitions or volumes. To save important data, you can back up all your data to another storage device before
deleting all partitions. You can follow the steps below to convert a disk between
MBR and GPT with Disk Management:
1. Right-click the Start button, in the Quick Access Menu, and then select Disk
Management to open it.
2. Right click on each partition on the disk needing conversion and select Delete
Volume to clean the disk that needs conversion.
3. If you want to convert MBR to GPT, right click on the disk, and select “Convert to
If it is a GPT disk that you want to convert, the available option will be “Convert
to MBR Disk” after right clicking on the disk.
In a short time, the disk will be converted to GPT/MBR disk, and then you can
repartition the hard drive. If you want to convert MBR to GPT for boot disk, then
Disk Management is out of the question since you cannot delete boot partition. As a
workaround, you can boot your server from a Windows Server installation disc, then
press Shift +F10 to open the DiskPart utility. Then run the following command in the
command prompt to convert to GPT disk with DiskPart:
Note: Either way will cause data loss, so be
careful while doing these operations. Fortunately, there is a free way that you can
use to convert MBR to GPT without data loss.
Convert MBR to GPT disk without losing data
AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is a partition management software with multiple
useful features designed for Windows Server. It can be regarded as an outstanding
MBR GPT converter for Windows Server 2016 for it help you convert a disk between GPT
and MBR partition style without data loss. It allows you to preview the partition
layout before making changes on your disk, and you can undo any operations.
To convert a disk to GPT/MBR:
1. Download the software, install and launch it.
2. Right-click the disk that needs converting and it will bring you a drop down menu.
If you want to convert MBR to GPT, select the “Convert to GPT Disk”. Click OK to
confirm the operation.
If you want to convert GPT to MBR, just select the “Convert to MBR Disk” instead.
3. Click Apply button to apply the changes.
In a short while, this partition manager software will convert MBR to GPT for Windows
Server 2016 without affecting all the data on the disk. Besides that, AOMEI
Partition Assistant also provides many other functions to help you manage your
partitions and disks, such as Resize Partition, Move
Partition, and Copy Disk.
Apart from Server edition, you can also choose AOMEI Partition
Assistant Unlimited for unlimited computers within one company at one
location, and AOMEI
Partition Assistant Technician for unlimited computers at multiple