[Solved] “The Partitions On The Disk Selected For Installation Are Not In The Recommended Order”

“The partitions on the disk selected for installation are not in the recommended order” is usually the result of changes in the order of partitions. In most of the cases, Diskpart is the best solution. Check out this article and learn what must be done. 

Cause

If you run into “The partitions on the disk selected for installation are not in the recommended order”, there must have been an alteration of the order of the partitions. The issue tends to emerge during the installation of Windows via an ISO file on external storage. On occasions, Windows users could come across the issue as they reinstall Windows 10 to partition previously hosted Windows 7/8 while partitions such as the EFI take precedence in the list’s order. All critical partitions–including the OS, MSR, Recovery, and EFI will be deleted as part of the reinstallation of Windows. 

Solution

Sometimes, it’s ok to ignore “The partitions on the disk selected for installation are not in the recommended order” and proceed without a hitch. However, the risk of partition troubles is going to persist if you fail to fix the root of the issue. By taking advantage of Diskpart, you should be able to keep your partitions in good condition. To use Diskpart, go through the steps down below:

  • Step 1: Open Windows 10 Setup Partition then press Shift + F10 to open a DOS prompt.
  • Step 2: Run each of these commands:
    • diskpart
    • list disk
    • select disk=0 (To activate the disk)
    • list partition
    • clean
    • list partitions
    • exit (To exit DiskPart)
    • exit (To exit the Command Prompt)
  • Step 3: Back to Windows 10 Setup Partition, hit Refresh, select New and choose Apply to use the suggested disk size.
  • Step 4: On the “To ensure Windows 10 features work correctly…” screen, hit OK.
  • Step 5: See how things turn out. 

Frequently Asked Question

What is a partition and GUID Partition Table (GPT)?

You can think of a partition as a section of the disk that is separated from other sections. A single disk may consist of multiple partitions. Usually, the operating systems as well as the system firmware could see the partitions. Access to the partition is managed by the system firmware before the system boots up the operating system and by the operating system following startup.

GUID Partition Table (GPT) refers to a layout standard for partition tables on devices that uses globally unique identifiers. A GPT partition is a partition created using the GPT partition style. Since  GPT partitions could store a lot of data, they have an easy time accommodating Windows operating systems, applications, games and so on. 

What’s the maximum size of a GPT?

In theory, the maximum size of a GPT is around 2^64 logical blocks. For context, one logical block is approximately 512 bytes. The operating system determines the maximum partition (and disk) size and at the moment Windows allows up to 128 partitions. If you’re using the original release of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP,  you have 2TB for each physical disk (inclusive of partitions). Windows XP x64 edition, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and newer versions can support up to 18 exabytes of raw partition. 

What’s the main difference between a GUID Partition Table (GPT) and Master Boot Record (MBR)? 

The main difference between GPT and MBR is that GPT can support more partitions. GPT can support up to 128 partitions while an MBR can only support four partitions. Generally, GPT is a newer standard with more technical aspects that allow you to get more out of your PC.

How do I check disk partition style in Windows?

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X to open Quick Access Menu and hit Disk Management.
  • Step 2: Right-click the disk whose partition style you want to inspect then click Properties.
  • Step 3: Check the partition style via the Volumes tab.

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