My friend has a HP-CPQ Presario CQ60-220US 32-bit laptop
The original OS was Vista and was up to SP2: upgraded it to Win7: and then to Win10.
The computer runs fine.
However, he couldn’t create a system image backup onto his external hard drive when he was on Windows 7.
--- Toshiba Canvio Desk 3.0 3TB
--- I suppose its because its larger than the 2.2TGB capacity and uses the GPT partitioning scheme
Belarc reports the Boot Mode: BIOS
--- I did disk management and didn’t see an EFI partition.
--- From what I understand UEFI is for 64-bit systems so that shouldn’t apply in this case.
I have read that it needs to be split into 2 MBR partitions and that we could use Seagate’s DiscWizard
--- However is it possible to create an MBR partition to accommodate the computers 250GB hard drive and leave the rest alone with its GPT partitioning scheme?
To me it seems a waste to convert the 3TB external hard dive into 2 MBR partitions for one computer with only a 250GB hard drive.
If what I’m asking for isn’t possible, I’m going to recommend to him to live with it and save that external hard drive until he gets a modern computer on which that external hard drive will work.
I’m not going to work on it again until after July 4 vacation but I’d appreciate advice.
Also how can I determine whether or not a hard drive is MBR or GPT partitioned?