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How to Fix Windows Cannot be Installed to This Disk Error

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

Summary:
Encounter "Windows cannot be installed to disk" error when installing Windows? Don’t worry! This page tells you how to fix Windows 10 cannot be installed to this disk error using professional partition software.

Problem: Windows cannot be installed to this disk! How to fix it?

"When I was trying to install Windows 10 on my computer, I receive "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style" error message and cannot to select any drive and proceed further with the setup, by clicking Next. How can I fix it? Can I just format GPT disk for Windows 10 installing?"

"During Windows 10 installing, I get error message reads "Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only installed on GPT disks". I don’t know how it happened. Is there any possible solution to fix Windows cannot be installed to this disk error?"

Like the above cases, Windows cannot be installed to this disk can happen in different situations for various reasons. Next we will introduce you some common cases for Windows cannot be installed to this disk errors and how to fix the problem without data loss using EaseUS partition tool one by one. 

Fix Windows cannot be installed to this disk errors with EaseUS partition tool

Here the below are some major reasons that cause Windows fail to install issue in Windows 10/8/7 and you can selectively follow offered solution to fix relative problems in your PC and get wanted Windows system to install your PC with ease now.

1. Windows cannot be installed to this disk: the selected disk has an MBR partition table;
2. Windows cannot be installed to this disk: the selected disk is of the GPT partition style;
3. Windows cannot be installed on Dynamic Disk;
4. Windows cannot be installed to this disk: the disk may fail soon;
5. Windows cannot be installed to this disk: computer's hardware doesn't support booting to this disk.

Let's follow and find relative solution to fix Windows cannot be installed to this disk error with ease now.

1. Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table.

For this error, you can try to convert MBR disk to GPT disk. like the above error, you can also try EaseUS partition tool to do the job without losing any data. For a detailed guide, please refer to: how to convert MBR disk to GPT disk.

2. Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.

When this error happens, you can convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk to find a solution. You can try to do this job for free with Disk Management Tool or Diskpart. But these two tools require you to deleted all the volume on the disk. That means it will result in data loss on the disk. So we recommend you to try EaseUS partition tool, a safer way that allows you to convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk without data loss. It is your best choice for you to Windows cannot be installed to this disk error in this case. For a detailed guide, please refer to: how to convert GPT disk to MBR disk.

3. Windows Cannot Be Installed on Dynamic Disk.

While you are facing "Windows Cannot Be Installed on Dynamic Disk" error, you can try to convert dynamic disk to basic disk to solve the problem. EaseUS partition tool can help you do this task without losing data. For a detailed guide, please refer to: how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk.

4. Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk. The Disk May Fail Soon.

Sometimes, you might get the error like "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The disk may fail soon. If other hard disks are available, install Windows to another location". It usually appears to tell you that there may be something wrong with your hard disk. Then you might need to try to install Windows on a new healthy hard drive. And at the same time, in case of terrible data loss disaster due to disk corruption, you’d better immediately stop installing Windows and backup all the important data on the disk. You can try disk copy feature in EaseUS partition tool to do this task with simple steps. For a detailed guide, please refer to: how to copy hard disk.

5. Windows cannot be installed to this disk: computer's hardware doesn't support booting to this disk.

According to professional managers, computer's hardware doesn't support booting to this disk may caused by hard disk protection which is enabled and SATA Controller mode was set incorrectly. So you can find a relative solution to these two problems and then you can directly fix Windows cannot be installed to this disk error with ease:

Remove hard disk protection

You can try to read the specification of the hard disk or try to contact the manufacturer of your hard disk to figure out whether there is hard disk partition if the computer cannot be configured. If there is a hard disk partition, you can find a solution online or from your hard disk manufacturer by following instructions.

Change SATA controller mode

If SATA Controller mode in BIOS is changed, you can try to set BIOS to factory settings. Here are some options for setting BIOS to factory settings: Restore DefaultsLoad BIOS Defaults and Load Optimal Defaults etc. If this still now work, you may need to change hard disk mode manually in BIOS: change IDE to AHCI, change AHCI to IDE etc. Or you need to choose the compatibility or compatible mode to fix the Windows cannot be installed to this disk error.

They are all the possible Windows cannot be installed to this disk errors and solutions. Really hope they are useful!