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Need to convert mbr to gpt on a vmware server running  ESXi

Posted on 2016-08-26
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I posted this on the windows side but I figured I would try it now on the VMware side because I am confused on what to do..
I have a vm that has a data drive connected to a san that is 2TB in size. It is setup in windows as mbr.
So I need to make the disk 3.5TB in size but cant do that with the mbr, since the limit is 2TB.
So I was thinking of creating a new vm with server 2012 R2 because the old one has server 2008 32bit, and then create the new disk with gpt.
But I don't know if I can remove the disk from the old vm and then attach them to the new vm but have the disk be gpt instead of mbr??
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Just create the new disk as GPT, and add the old disk as well to the VM, then copy over the data from the old one to the new disk. When done, you can remove the old disk again from the VM.
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awesome... Got it now..
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This has got nothing to do with the Host or Hypervisor! OS partition!

Also make sure the VM is virtual machine version 10, and you add the disk from Web Client, because it's NOT supported from the OLD vSphere Legacy Client!
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new vm with gpt disk
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