thinkpads.com Support Community Forum Index Bill Morrow's thinkpads.com Open Forum - The Original Thinkpad Support Forum
Follow ThinkpadsForum on Twitter
Goodbye Lorita, wherever you've gone..

If you've found this forum useful, please consider donating a dollar or two

It is currently Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:29 pm

All times are UTC-05:00




Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:36 pm 
Offline
**SENIOR** Member
**SENIOR** Member

Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 10:11 am
Posts: 572
I bought an X270 with an M.2 NVMe hard disk, and tried to partition it so that I could use the original Windows 10 system in one partition and install 32-bit Windows 7 or 10 in the other. It turns out, of course, that I can't install 32-bit Windows on a GPT disk.

So, is there any serious reason NOT to use something like Paragon Partition Manager to wipe the disk, convert it to MBR, and reinstall Windows?

I'll be grateful for any advice.


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:48 pm 
Offline
**SENIOR** Member
**SENIOR** Member

Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 10:11 am
Posts: 572
This isn't exactly an answer to my own question, but I tried changing settings in the BIOS, booting from Legacy first, etc., but Paragon Hard Disk Manager (booted from a USB key) didn't offer the option to convert from GPT to MBR, so I decided it's simply safer to keep 64-bit Windows and use vDos and DOSBox to run 16-bit applications.

But if anyone knows a working method of converting the disk to MBR, I'll be grateful, just in case it seems useful in the future.


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:27 pm 
Offline
Admin
Admin

Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:17 am
Posts: 17122
Location: Mt. Cobb, PA USA
Check these:
https://neosmart.net/wiki/convert-gpt-to-mbr/
http://www.extend-partition.com/help/co ... -disk.html
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lib ... 11%29.aspx

_________________
Lovely day for a Guinness! (The Real Black Stuff)

Check out The Boardroom for Parts, Mods and Other Services.
And don't forget the Motherboards! Refreshing webpages is advised!


Top
   
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:22 pm 
Offline
**SENIOR** Member
**SENIOR** Member

Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 10:11 am
Posts: 572
Oddly enough, the AOEMI utility doesn't even see the hard disk when I boot from it. So I think I may leave this alone. I don't particularly want to wipe the disk with DISKPART if it's impossible to convert it to MBR. So far, I haven't seen anyone report actually converting the kind of disk I in this X270... Will continue to look into this and will report with any news.


Top
   
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC-05:00


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited