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Thread: MBR vs GPT: what's the difference?

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    MBR vs GPT: what's the difference?

    Can someone explain to me the difference between Master Boot Record (MBR) and GUID Partition Table (GPT) hard disks? I'd like to know whether I should choose MBR or GPT for my next HDD.
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    MBR is the normal style of partitioning that hard disks have been using since the early days of the PC. It can support four primary partitions on each hard drive, with partition sizes up to 2 terabytes.

    GPT is a newer partitioning scheme that is only readable by Windows versions from XP onwards. In theory GPT hard disks can support unlimited partitions, but Windows restricts this to 128 partitions with a maximum size of 256TB each.

    In most situations you will be fine with either MBR or GPT, but if you need very large partitions GPT is a better choice.

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    Thanks for explaining the differences between MBR and GPT HDDs.

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