Compared to MBR, GPT is gaining popularity. But, sometimes, if you remove the GPT disk and connect it to another computer, you will find a GPT protective partition appears, as shown below:
When right-clicking on the partition in Disk Management in Windows 10/8/7, you are not allowed to format, delete or perform other operations to it. Besides, the data is inaccessible.
How does this partition appear? To be specific, it is because of the operating system that GPT disk supports. As is well known, GPT can be used in many operating systems, nevertheless, the Windows 32-bit operating system is not included. Read this post – MBR VS GPT: Which One Should Be Chosen for Your SSD? Therefore, if you connect your GPT disk on a 32-bit computer, this disk will not show you “Healthy”, but “GPT Protective Partition” so that Windows cannot read or boot from the disk. How to recover data from GPT partition? Look at the solutions below.
To remove the protective issue and make the GPT disk data usable, the best way is to convert the partition to MBR. Here, two tools are available.
As a snap-in Windows disk manager, diskpart can be used to cope with many disk troubles in Windows 10/8/7. Let’s see how it works for the disk conversion in Windows 7.
1. Input “diskpart” in the Search box to run this command line tool.
2. Type the following commands one by one: list disk > select disk n(drive letter) > clean > convert mbr
However, this way can cause a great data loss. What if many important files are stored on the GPT disk? Just back up some data on the disk with MiniTool ShadowMaker before the conversion.
How can you access GPT protective partition without losing data in Windows 10/8/7? It is worth mentioning that the third-party software – MiniTool Partition Wizard is helpful to convert this disk from GPT to MBR without any data loss. This partition manager is compatible with all the versions of Windows 10/8/7/XP, including 32-bit and 64-bit. Get its Free Edition on your PC and begin the conversion.
Step 1: Run MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. And choose “Convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk” from the right-click menu.
Step 2: Hit “Apply” to execute this operation. And then, you can read the GPT partition.
In conclusion, it is quite easy to solve GPT protective partition issue by converting the GPT disk to MBR. By this way, all the disk data are accessible. Thus, just try the above tools to perform the conversion.