Solved convert uefi to legacy without losing data

May 17, 2018 at 16:47:55
Specs: Windows 10
I am trying to convert uefi to legacy without losing data on Acer R3 w 32gb emmc and 8 gb ram running under Windows 10.

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#1
May 17, 2018 at 21:37:53
Since you're talking about data I guess you mean converting the hard drive from GPT to MBR but you just worded your question badly 'cos you can't actually convert motherboard's UEFI to Legacy BIOS.

To achieve what you want to do here you go:

https://www.disk-partition.com/gpt-...

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#2
May 18, 2018 at 05:04:37
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If you simply want to 'see' the old legacy BIOS look, I know that some BIOS have the option so view the BIOS in the old style so you see the plain list style and go back to using the arrow keys instead of the mouse. I am not sure if all of them or yours has this feature but you can look into it.

I do not see and advantage in going from GPT to MBR for the hard drives since it limits the partition size and the number of partitions (though multiple drives is getting more popular than multiple partitions these days). Also UEFI supports PCIe boot which is a good performance advantage.

I am not sure what you are trying to achieve and why. Maybe explaining that might help with recommendations.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
June 9, 2018 at 19:57:00
I am trying to make a backup image of Win 10 from the eMMC drive, and because UEFI secure boot is enabled, I can not boot from the USB port into Linux. Even Windows backup doesn't recognize the USB as an option for storing the image. The underlying issue is that a 32 GB eMMC is too small for Windows to update and with Office and my daughter's schoolwork...it works, but is not as usable as a regulare laptop with a 500 GB HD. The computer is a very, very cheap one that has no way to upgrade the eMMC to a HDD/SSD because the connections aren't soldered in for that option. If we had known that when we got the cheap system, we would have chosen something else.

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#4
June 9, 2018 at 21:23:25
You do no need to boot to a Linux disk just to make a drive image. You can use Windows Back up to create a drive image (Shadow Copy allows an image of a running drive) and you can use other drive software as well. Acronis is one and if the drive you are making the image to is a Western Digital (or the primary drive is) then you can download Acronis from Western Digital for free. There are other drive software that can be used for disk images, cloning drives, and partitioning drives as well as Acronis and others will probably drop by and mention their preferred programs.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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