MBR and GPT Partition Tables
The partition table on a drive determines the structure of the data and this video will look at the MBR and GPT partition tables. Check out http://YouTube.com/ITFreeTraining or http://itfreetraining.com for more of our always free training videos. In some cases the operating system will choose the partition table for you, however having an understanding of the partition tables will help you understand what features each has as well as any compatibility problems that may occur due to the choice of partition table.
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Before data can be stored on a device like a hard disk, a partition table needs to be created. This partition table defines where the data can be stored on the device. For example, if you had a 3 terabyte hard disk, you could create 2 partition tables. One partition could be 1 terabyte in size while the other could be 2 Terabytes in size. The partition table essentially determines which part o