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How to change the partition table from GPT to MBR on a external USB HDD for the use on older computers or TV's


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Windows 7 - 32 Bit, Windows 7 - 64 Bit, Windows 8 - 32 Bit, Windows 8 - 64 Bit, Windows 8.1 - 32 Bit, Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
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On older TVs it is possible that current external USB HDD's are not recognized/not working.
The below instructions show you how to prepare the HDD to make it work on older TVs.

NOTE:

  • If you perform below action, all data on the external HDD is getting lost during this procedure!
  • Please back-up your data before!

1. Go to Windows Control Panel and open the "Administrative Tools".


2.Select and double click the "Computer Management" tools.


3. Select "Disk Management" on the left menu.


4. At the hard disk overview click on the external HDD to select it.


5. Right click the external HDD and select "Delete Volume..." at the appearing menu.


6. You will be asked again if you are sure you want to delete the volume, please confirm this by clicking on "Yes" if you want to proceed.
Please remember, all data on the drive is lost after you confirm!


7. Right click the external HDD again and select "Convert to MBR Disk" at the menu.


8. After the disk is converted to MBR, right click the external HDD again and select the option "New Simple Volume..."


9. At the appearing window, click on "Next".


10. If you want to use the whole disk space for the new volume, just select "Next" to proceed.


11. Assigning the desired drive letter and click on "Next". Generally you don't need to change the drive letter by yourself, just use the one already recommend by Windows.


12. Now you can choose the file system and format the volume. We recommend to use FAT32 or NTFS as file system. To start the format procedure, click on "Next".


13. Click on "Finish" to finish the procedure.


14. The external HDD partition table is successfully converted to a MBR disk. It will work now on older TV's as an external storage solution.

 



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