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How to Access GPT Protective Partition Without Losing Data

Updated on Jul 19, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Summary:
Cannot open, read or access GPT Partition Partition in Windows 10/8/7? Take it easy. You can still find a way to access GPT Protective Partition without losing data.

How to Solve GPT Protective Partition Error?

With a GPT Protective Partition showing up, owners can neither open this specified disk partition or make other operations on it via Disk Management. For example, They are unable to partition, format or simply visit data inside. Since Windows couldn't read or support a GPT Protective Partition, how do you get rid of such a partition style and use the drive properly?

GPT Protective Partition

What Is GPT Protective Partition?

Before working out a way to remove the "protected" partition from Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7, first of all, you must understand what GPT Protective Partition is about. As you know, the GPT is short for GUID Partition Table, comparing with the older MBR (Master Boot Record), it provides a more flexible mechanism for partitioning disks, and is now universally applied on most Windows operating systems, however, only excluding the Windows 32-bit operating system.

So, when you're pulling in a GPT internal hard drive or external hard drive on a 32-bit computer, it won't be in a normally "Healthy" state, instead, Windows recognized it as a "GPT Protective Partition" only because it cannot read or boot from it. As a result, data becomes inaccessible.

Common Ways to Clear GPT Protective Partition Error

To resolve the "protective" issue on a GPT partition so as to make it usable again, there are two workarounds available.

Option 1. Diskpart command line utility
Option 2. Third-party GPT to MBR conversion software

Diskpart command allows you to clean the GPT Protective Partition. You'll then be left with unallocated space, so all you have to do is to create a new MBR partition on it. Of course, all data will be completely erased. By contrast, the coming third-party software called EaseUS Partition Master assists you in an entire secure way, because you can simply convert GPT to MBR with one click without disturbing data.

How to Access GPT Protective Partition Without Losing Data

It's good to know a risk-free way to fix GPT Protective Partition on Windows 10, 8 or 7 and access GPT Protective Partition without losing data. Now, download EaseUS partition manager software on your Windows PC, which supports 100% the 32-bit operating system, and follow the guide to work the problem out.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click on the GPT Protective Partition that you want to convert to MBR and select click "Convert GPT to MBR".

select conver gpt to mbr in order to access gpt protective partition without losing data

Step 2. Click "Apply" on the home screen. You will see that the GPT disk has been converted to MBR disk. All data is safe with EaseUS Partition Master.

click apply so as to access gpt protective partition without losing data