How to Fix Windows Won’t Install on This Disk/GPT Drive Error

Daisy updated on Dec 02, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Problem: Windows Cannot Be Installed on GPT Partition Drive, Help!

"I'm trying to install Windows 10 on a new SSD, but the computer keeps giving me this message 'Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.' What does this mean? Do I have to convert the GPT disk to MBR? Or to enable UEFI boot mode in BIOS?"

If you are receiving this notice from your PC while trying to install the new Windows system, telling you that the Windows cannot be installed on GPT drive, don't be panic. we'll provide you with effective methods to fix this error issue and relative errors. Then, you can install Windows on GPT disk without any obstacles.

6 Error Messages You May Receive When Install Windows OS

When you are going to install Windows 10/8/7, you might receive different kinds of errors saying Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Here are some common errors that you might receive:

Error 1. "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

Error 2. "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".

Error 3. "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation".

Error 4. "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

Error 5. "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The disk may fail soon. If other hard disks are available, install Windows to another location."

Error 6. "Windows cannot be installed to the hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted in NTFS."

Why You Fail to Install Windows on GPT Drive

Why you could receive these errors? What are the main reasons? According to the error messages, the main reasons are as follows:

1. You forget to enable UEFI boot option. Or the motherboard supports Legacy BIOS only. (Error 1)

2. If you receive Error 2, you must learn something about UEFI and BIOS. Know the differences and relations between them.

3. Users can only make a fresh install on a dynamic volume only when the volume was converted from a basic disk and was a boot partition or system partition. (Error 3

4. Hardware protection and SATA Controller mode could bring up Error 4.

5. If you get Error 5, you can take your hard disk failure into account.

6. An incompatible file system of the partition to be installed with Windows. Microsoft rules that Windows must be installed to a partition formatted in NTFS since Windows Vista.

There are 7 Fixes to Fix Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk/GPT Drive. You can now selectively choose one of the solutions to fix Windows cannot install on GPT drive issue with ease now.

Method 1. Enable UEFI Boot Option in BIOS to Fix Windows Cannot Install on GPT Drive Error

If you are faced with Error 1 -  "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.", you can boot to UEFI mode if your motherboard supports UEFI. 

Step 1. Reboot the PC and press the key that opens the boot device menu. You can press the Esc, F2, F9, F12, or another key to enter the boot menus.

Step 2. Boot into UEFI mode and locate the boot options menu.

Step 3. Confirm in the Boot Priority List that the USB UEFI OS Boot option is at the top of the list. Save your changes and continue to install Windows.

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Method 2. Convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk to Fix Windows Cannot Install on GPT Drive Error (Also for Error 1)

When the computer doesn't support UEFI, you may try to convert the disk from GPT to MBR so to fix the Windows fail to install on GPT drive error. If you don't know how to convert GPT disk to MBR, let professional partition manager software help. EaseUS Partition Master can organize your hard drive and empty disk space to enhance system performance. You can easily convert GPT to MBR with the help of this software:

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Step 1: Install and open EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer. 

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Step 2: Right-click the GPT disk that you want to convert and select "Convert to MBR". Then, you will add a pending operation.

convert GPT to MBR

Step 3: Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top-left corner. Next, click "Apply" and begin to convert GPT disk to MBR. All data is safe with EaseUS partition manager software. 

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Method 3. Convert MBR to GPT to Fix "The Selected Disk Has an MBR Partition Table" Error

If you encounter Error 2, you can fix the error by converting MBR disk to GPT disk. On the UEFI system, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks or something similar. That's because MBR is compatible with BIOS while GPT is compatible with UEFI. The steps are similar to those of converting GPT to MBR. The difference is that you need to convert to GPT.

Also read: How to Convert MBR to GPT Without Data Loss

Method 4. Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

If you receive Error 3 -  "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation", convert dynamic to basic disk. EaseUS Partition Master also helps you convert dynamic disk to basic disk easily and quickly. Here are the detailed steps:

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Step 1: Install and open EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer by clicking the download button.

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Step 2: Select dynamic disk which you want to convert to basic. Right-click it and choose "Convert to Basic".

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Step 3: Click "OK" on the pop-up window and you will add this conversion to the pending operations.

convert dynamic to basic

Step 4: Click the "Execute 1 Operation" button at the top-left corner and "Apply" to begin to convert dynamic to basic disk. After that, you can also use this partition manager to resize/move, clone, merge, format, and delete the partitions. 

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Method 5. Remove HDD Protection and Change SATA Controller Mode (for Error 4)

If you receive this message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." - Error 4, you should do two things:

1. Remove Hard Disk Protection

Check if your hard disk protection is enabled. If it is, contact the salesperson and remove the protection according to his instructions.

2. Change SATA Controller Mode

This error may indicate that BIOS settings of your computer are not properly configured. Make sure you have changed the SATA Controller mode in BIOS. Then, you can try setting BIOS to the factory and go back to the default setting.

Method 6. Repair Your HDD to Fix "Windows Cannot Be Installed to the Hard Disk Space"

Error 5 - "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The disk may fail soon." occurs when there's something wrong with your HDD. What to do with a dying HDD? How to repair it? You should stop Windows installation, and then clone or back up important data immediately. Then, you can start repairing your HDD.

Also read: How to Repair HDD Without Losing Data

Method 7. Format the Partition to NTFS to Fix Error 6

This method aims to solve Error 6. Changing a volume's file system is not an easy task for those who are not familiar with computer management and command line. Thus, an easy and safe solution is needed. Comprehensive partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master can fully meet this requirement. It enables you to format HDD to NTFS easily.

For this case, you need to create a bootable drive and then format hard drive from USB.

Conclusion

These six common errors that indicate "Windows cannot be installed to this disk" error, appear during Windows set up process. If you are faced with any one of the errors, you can find your answer here. By the way, EaseUS Partition Master helps convert GPT to MBR, Convert MBR to GPT and Dynamic to Basic disk. This software plays an important role during the fixing process. Why not get it now.

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