Laptop H/D is formatted in GPT...need to convert to MBR

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I am helping a friend access his documents in order to back them to a flash drive. When I tried to boot his Samsung running Windows 8.1, it failed. I connected his drive in my desktop with a usb adapter and went to drive mgmt and found that somehow his drive partition was GPT protected. I don't want to lose his pictures but need to convert back to MBR I guess. Any help in doing this is appreciated.
 

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I think that if you have a 64 bit version of Windows you can get files off that drive. What version of windows is on your Desktop PC and is it 32 or 64 bit ?
 

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Thanks for the reply. It is a 64 bit OS - Windows 10 home. When I power it up and go to windows file manager, it does not show. It only shows in disk management
 

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If possible try connecting the problem drive directly to the PC via Sata data cable.
 

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The only way I know to do that is my usb adapter to sata. do you know another way?
 

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Yes, open the case and connect the drive to the motherboard with a Sata data cable and to the power supply with a spare Sata power connector, or if no spare use a Molex to Sata power adapter lead.
 

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Gotcha, I didn't think of that. Thanks...I will update you in a couple of days
 
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