My friend has a new laptop pre-installed with Windows 8
It's a Toshiba Satellite C850-19Z.
I tried to install Windows 7 (32bit), but got an error: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk is of the GPT partition style.
I deleted the partition and re-created it, and formatted it to NTFS, but get the same error.
I did some reading on GPT and found links to UEFI - which i didn't know anything about, but know aware of this, and recognise 32bit Win7 won't work with UEFI and GPT partitions.
That's fine, I could install 64 bit, but I'd prefer to install 32bit for compatibilty.
UEFI and GPT is new to me - I'm very knoweldgable about things before this became more commonplace in the consumer world (e.g BIOS and MBR partitions). I've read UEFI is Intels baby to replace the BIOS, and GPT is a partition style relevant to UEFI...
So back to the point...
...The hard disk has lots of partitions, some look like recovery / Toshiba maintence ones, and I guess others form part of the GPT.
Can I safely delete all the partitions, create one 'normal' MBR style one and install Win7 32bit on this?
I'd prefer to back up the recovery partitions incase my friend ever wants to go back to Win8, but it's not essential, so I'm not too sure which ones to clone for this to work. Can you help me identify which partitions are for what?
This is how Windows 7 setup lists the partitions:
Disk 0 Partition 1: System, 450MB, OEM (Reserved)
Disk 0 Partition 2, 260MB, System
Disk 0 Partition 3, 128MB, MSR (Reserved)
Disk 0 Partition 4, 287GB, Primary
Disk 0 Partition 5: Recovery, 9.4GB, OEM (Reserved)
I tried to install to partition 4, but got the error as mentioned above.
I'm making the assumption that Partition 1 is the boot partition (for GPT), Partition 2 is the Windows 8 System partition, Partition 3 - no idea, Partition 4 primary for OS and data, Partition 5 Win8 recovery.
Any help appreciated.
Edited by aod_, 17 February 2013 - 01:29 PM.