Are GPT and UFFI the same thing?

Format hard driver in PC and laptops need to create a bootable flashdrive

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  • Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    GPT refers to the partitioning method, while UEFI refers to the type of BIOS. they are both often used together, but they refer to different things.

    GPT is used in place of MBR when using extremely large hard drives.

    UEFI is a modern type of BIOS that supports on-screen mouse and better graphical display.

    if you are installing Windows, you can just use the image downloader here, which will make the flash drive for you:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/...

    otherwise, what OS are you shooting for?

  • Rita
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    BIOS uses the Master Boot Record (MBR) to save information about the hard drive data while UEFI uses the GUID partition table (GPT). The major difference between the two is that MBR uses 32-bit entries in its table which limits the total physical partitions to only 4. ... In addition, UEFI supports larger HDDs and SDDs.

  • 1 month ago

    GPT is how a hard drive is formatted.  Hard drive is where your important junk is stored.  UEFI is just how a system boots up, so your comparing apples with oranges, completely different things...

    So ya need a bootable flash? I use "balena etcher", works every time, and i dont need to specify GPT, fat32, NTFS, none of that.  source, destination, go!  any issues, thats in your BIOS - experiment with the settings and itll eventually boot.

    first, duh, make sure USB or external is the primary boot device.  save and restart.  if that dont work, mess with the bios again and select legacy mode, personally i have 3 operating systems installed and UEFI WITHOUT, (bold text here) WITHOUT CSM works fine.

    Its a game of trial and error, legacy, UEFI w or without CSM, thats basically it.

    mind you i have kali linux (ubuntu kernal, modified), Windows Database 2019 and Windows 10 Pro Preview.  Im using UEFI no CSM, but linux throws a fit (i know why, no need for specifics), so when i wanna run linux i have to swith to UEFI WITH CSM,  Pain in the butt sure, but it works when i need it to.

    BTW change ur bios settings with F8 F10 or just hit ESC when its initially booting and that'll show the options.  Its always the F keys that trigger the bios config, youll figure it out, trial and error buddy!

  • 1 month ago

    UEFI and GPT have very little to do with creating a bootable USB stick. You need to use a Prep software that SORTS ALL THAT OUT FOR YOU. if you have created partitions already on the USB stick THEY WILL BE DELETED BY THE PREPping procedure. Example would be Microsoft USB stick creation utility or RMPrepUSB which can create many type of bootable USB stick oe UNETBootIN to name 3 examples. Since ANY USB device be it a stick or a mouse or a keyboard is NOT GPT or UEFI any bios can BOOT a primitive USB device such as a STICK whether its got DOS on it or Linux or whatever its got on it. Unless some stupid manboard maker has disabled that feature( there may be a bios switch to specifically disable usb booting for safety and infection reasons).

    so YOU dont make the stick bootable the PREP software does that.

    Your stick can be returned to normal use(blanked) by UNPrepping it.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not quite but they are related. UEFI replaces the traditional BIOS on PCs. Some BIOSs can be switched to either. Unlike a traditional BIOS a UEFI BIOS can recognise Storage devices of >2.2TB if they are formatted using the GPT partitioning scheme and a can only boot from GPT formatted devices. A UEFI BIOS tends to boot faster than a traditional BIOS and has other features such as secure boot.

  • 1 month ago

    i was under the, perhaps mistaken, impression that GPT is used only for drives larger the 2 Tb.  Am I wrong?

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