Had to think over a minute on it myself. Seems that I've read about drives over 2TB needing the GPT partitioning scheme in a couple of other places.
The Dell that I have (specs below) shipped with a 1TB HDD partitioned in GPT, though it was due to the way Windows 8 was setup, the Secure Boot & the extra partitions. Not that I kept it long, would have kept GPT & possibly should have for all of the partitioning, but my thoughts at the time were just to get Windows 8 & Secure Boot off of here. Well, GPT went with it, since I removed the HDD & set it aside just in case warranty service is needed.
The 250GB Samsung 840 EVO that I recently installed now dual boots both Windows 7 Pro & Dell OEM Windows 8, they provided me at no cost (overnight service, too) a Dell Windows 8 reinstall DVD w/out the junk software. That's how Dell solves the question of clean install on SSD's. But one has to request while in factory warranty (normally one year). Because who knows, I may want Windows 8 one day, or the OS that supersedes it. In that case, 8 is installed & ready for an upgrade.
Had I thought it out a little more, I'd have left GPT alone, just disabled Secure Boot & installed Windows 7 to the first SSD that I bought for it, the 120GB model. MBR does has it's quirks, though it's still popular to many.
Am going to soon install Linux Mint 17 x64 LTS to that 120GB Samsung 840 EVO.
Hopefully this solves the OP's question, the GPT matter. I just can't think of any other possible reason why Linux won't recognize it at the moment, except one other thing that also just came to mind. If the computer shipped with Windows 8, Secure Boot will also need to be disabled in the UEFI BIOS, there's a couple more settings, to ACHI & possibly Legacy depending on the computer. If this is such a computer, it may be best to check with the OEM site as to precise instructions for the model in question.
Or Google it. It's likely that someone else has posted instructions, somewhere, possibly via a YouTube video.