Windows 10: Do I need 2 Recovery Drives in MBR - can't add 5 partition

Discus and support Do I need 2 Recovery Drives in MBR - can't add 5 partition in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; [img] I have an HP computer with an MBR setup running Windows 10 Version 20H2. I want to dual boot my machine with Linux, which would usually be an... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Floridagal, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Do I need 2 Recovery Drives in MBR - can't add 5 partition


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    I have an HP computer with an MBR setup running Windows 10 Version 20H2. I want to dual boot my machine with Linux, which would usually be an easy thing to do except for 2 Recovery Drives taking up 2 of the only 4 partitions allowed in MBR. Instead of getting a menu to be able to remove one of them, I get a Help option which is basically useless. The main C: drive gives me a warning about changing to a dynamic drive if I try to work with that one. So I am stuck with a huge amount of wasted space in my C: drive that I will never use.

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    Floridagal, Nov 22, 2020
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  2. clone MBR HD to bootable GPT partition?

    Hi,

    1. You cannot convert mbr to gpt without data loss. otherwise, you can follow directions here:

    FROM WINDOWS RECOVERY CONSOLE:

    To change a master boot record disk into a GUID partition table disk using a command line


    • Back up or move the data on the basic master boot record (MBR) disk you want to convert into a GUID partition table (GPT) disk.

    • Open an elevated command prompt (right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator) and type diskpart. If the disk does not contain any partitions or volumes, skip to step 6.

    • At the DISKPART prompt, type list disk. Make note of the disk number you want to convert.

    • At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>.

    • At the DISKPART prompt, type clean.

    2. I'd suggest converting your vista drive to a virtual machine, load that up on your windows 10 system and use a program like virtualbox to run it.
     
    CoatH4nger, Nov 22, 2020
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  3. Do I need 2 Recovery Drives in MBR - can't add 5 partition

    Do I need 2 Recovery Drives in MBR - can't add 5 partition [​IMG]


    I have an HP computer with an MBR setup running Windows 10 Version 20H2. I want to dual boot my machine with Linux, which would usually be an easy thing to do except for 2 Recovery Drives taking up 2 of the only 4 partitions allowed in MBR. Instead of getting a menu to be able to remove one of them, I get a Help option which is basically useless. The main C: drive gives me a warning about changing to a dynamic drive if I try to work with that one. So I am stuck with a huge amount of wasted space in my C: drive that I will never use.
     
    Floridagal, Nov 22, 2020
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    Do I need 2 Recovery Drives in MBR - can't add 5 partition

    Do I need 2 Recovery Drives in MBR - can't add 5 partition

    Convert the drive to uefi gpt using mbr2gpt ?
     
    cereberus, Nov 22, 2020
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