Storage Spaces is a Windows feature that allows one to group various physical drives into one logical drive.

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Windows 8.1 Storage Spaces Pool deletion

I am trying to delete my raid 0 storage pool and it seems that maybe the storage spaces utility doesn't recognize the pool being there. According to these screenshots (and others I have found that are ...
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Corrupted Data after replacing disk in Windows 10 Storage Space

I have a Windows 10 upgraded Storage Pool with 5 drives (Parity, thinly provisioned). 'Upgraded' means that this Storage Space supports rebalancing/optimizing (and this was a Windows 8 machine ...
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Create Windows 10 storage spaces when one disk already has data on it

While still on Windows 7 over a year ago I used a built in software mirror until I had some hardware freezing problems and this forced slow and painful resync. I decided to move back to manual backups ...
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Windows Storage Spaces - Stripe and mirror array on same disks?

Is it possible to take use two disks in a pool, create a stripe array in the outer sectors and a mirror array in the inner sectors? If so, how can this be accomplished?
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Windows 10 Storage Spaces Poor Speed

Using Storage Spaces under Windows 10 Pro, I am observing poor, nonsensical speed. A two-way mirror and a simple space across four drives on 2012R2 and 2016TP produce completely different performance ...
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Hard drive requirments for a home NAS Streaming (Plex) server

I plan to build this server to store my Blu-Ray rips, personal photos and music. My original plan was to install Ubuntu but now I plan to run Windows Server 2012 R2 - Datacenter, I get it for free as ...
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Storage Spaces - removal of disk in Simple array

I have a simple array set up in Storage Spaces that consists of 5 hard drives: four are 3TB and one is 2TB. I want to replace that 2TB with a larger drive, but it has 40.1 % of the disk being used ...
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Why is the total file and folder sizes in drive C: different from the folder size in Properties?

I have two different reports on the size of C: on Windows Server 2008 R2, by clicking the properties of C:, it shows 86.0 GB for "used space"; by selecting all contents (I have setup to view all ...
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Retiring disk in Simple Storage Space (Windows 10)

I'm banging my head against the wall trying to work something out with Windows Storage Spaces (WSS). Here's what I'm up against: I have 2 250GB drives in RAID1 (OS Drive), 2 3TB drives and 12 1TB ...
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How can I recover files from a “removed” storage space drive

Quick Statement: I need to recover data from a 4TB Storage Space drive that was "removed" from the array but hasn't been touched since. Details: I'm in real trouble here. I have a large Windows 8.1 ...
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Windows Storage Spaces Drive Portability when moved to another Port / Enclosure / Machine

There seem to be several related questions all of which are unanswered still. So I thought to combine them into one and elaborate a bit. Considering a simple Storage Space consisting of 2 identical ...
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In Windows 10 Pro Storage Space, why can't I use ReFS with Parity?

NTFS is the only option when Parity is selected as the resiliency type. I thought ReFS was suppose to replace NTFS? I am trying to create a storage space to use for network file share.
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Disk size varies - MooseFs

I have 4 moosefs chunkservers with 8 2.7 TB storage on each, I mount them using mfsmount and then export with nfs. Recently I noticed high iowait on my chunkservers, then huge mount size drops, see ...
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Reclaiming formerly used space in Storage Spaces

I have a large, mirrored, thinly provisioned space spread across multiple hard drives using Windows Storage Spaces in Windows 10 Pro. The space is about 4TB (8TB with resiliency). I have recently ...
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Storage Spaces Utilization Doesn't Make Sense

Here's my setup: Windows 10 1 2TB USB3 drive 1 3TB USB3 drive 3.59 TB Two way mirror storage space built from these drives Previously I had 2x 2TB drives, but one failed, so the replacement is ...
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Can Storage Spaces drives be moved to a SAS controller without data loss?

I have an old file server with some 20 SATA drives attached to both mainboard and external controller cards. The machine is running Windows Server 2012 R2 and using Storage Spaces to pool the drives. ...
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Add up multiple disks into single storage, replace disk without destroying data

Suppose I have a 1TB disk and a 2TB disk. If I want to use it as a single 3TB disk, there seems to be two solutions on Windows 8. Dynamic Disk in Disk Management Storage Spaces, Simple layout But ...
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One big storage pool vs. several smaller ones

I'm building a home server with Windows Server 2012 R2 and am planning to utilise the Storage Spaces feature. I have 4 hard drives (4 TB WD Reds) that will be holding a variety of data - media files, ...
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Changing Connectivity of Windows Storage Spaces Drives

I plan to have 2 identical SATA drives attached via SATA configured in a 2-way mirror Windows storage space created in Windows 8.1 or later. If I were to unplug those drives later, put them in a ...
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Software/Hardware RAID vs Windows Storage Spaces for DAS

I plan to upgrade my Intel RST Software RAID1 setup with 2 internal SATA drives to something more versatile: Drives need to be external (they have to reside in an enclosure connected to PC via eSATA ...
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Creating a large windows file system [closed]

I need to create a large windows file system - around the 500TB - 1000TB size. Primary use is for archival storage, performance is not a major design factor. We are a very small admin team so ...
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Will TrueCrypt affect my ability to restore my Storage Spaces drive pool?

I have 2x1TB set up in a two-way mirror with Storage Spaces. I'm going to reformat Windows, do I need to prepare anything to make them show up in the fresh install? Using Windows 8.1 and TrueCrypt ...
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Failover of Windows Storage Spaces

I am building a home server with an HP Microserver hardware. I installed Windows Server 2012 Datacenter on it. In order to take advanced of data protection, but without spending large money for a ...
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why there is less space in my external HDD than it supposed to have [duplicate]

I have purchased a WD 1 TB external HDD.From the size specified i should expect i will have 1 TB of disk space.But it came with 930 GB of space.I am getting approximately 70 GB of less space. Is it ...
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Remove a drive from Windows Storage Pool without losing data

I have a Windows Storage Pool with a 3TB drive and a 1.5TB drive. I want to move all the data from the 1.5TB drive to the (45% full) 3TB drive and then remove the 1.5TB drive. Is there any way to do ...
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Increasing the number of columns in a Storage Space

I currently have a two-drive storage space with no resiliency, but the columnCount was set to one when I created it. I wish to change this to be 2. As far as I know, this is not possible to do ...
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Misleading “Couldn't mount file” message after successful mounting of removable Virtual Hard Disk that is part of Storage pool

I use two-way mirror feature of Windows 8 to regularly and transparently backup my important disks on USB drive. Size of my USB drive is much higher than size of disk to backup, so allocating whole ...
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What will happen if I reconnect 2 halves of two-way RAID mirror after using them independently?

Suppose I have a storage space with two-way mirror based on 2 physical USB drives a and b. Then I disconnect b and connect it to another computer. Then I use—write some data—to both degraded storage ...
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Green or Red hard drive for a SOHO NAS running Windows 8.1 Pro Storage Space? [closed]

I have been using Green HDDs (e.g. Western Digital Green) since the Windows Home Server days without any issues. Now that I have migrated to Windows 8.1 with Storage Space, I would like to know if ...
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Is it possible to access Storage Spaces from Windows 8.1 instance running under VMware Workstation?

I have a single Storage Space (2-way mirror) under Windows 8.1. The disks are in an external eSATA enclosure. It's mounted as a single drive. I'd like to access the data on the Storage Space from ...
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How do I merge two unallocated, non-sequential partitions on the same logical disk?

I'm wondering if I could merge two unallocated spaces as shown in the picture below: I would like to combine the two unallocated spaces into a single space for further partitioning.
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How to get serial number of drive in storage pool

I have a storage pool in windows 8.1 and notice that whenever I boot the computer, it hangs for a long time in the detecting IDE drives during post. When it finally gets into windows, it shows one of ...
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ATTO benchmark read speed slow below 4MB transfer size on 2-way mirror

I've set up two Toshiba DT01ACA300 HDDs in Windows 8.1 Storage Spaces as a 2-way mirror formatted as a NTFS volume. Benchmarking with ATTO shows this (volume is only a quarter full of data) Click ...
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Storage Space Error Inaccessible; Reconnect Drives

The storage spaces section in control panel lists "Error Inaccessible; reconnect drives", however each of the physical drives reports a status of "OK": Can someone please help me restore the ...
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Rebalance hard drives in a Storage Space Pool?

I have 2x 1.5TB drives in a (two-way mirror storage pool). That pool recently hit 100% capacity meaning both drives had 0% space left. I added 2x 4TB drives to the storage pool but Storage space ...
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How to recover a Win8 Storage Pool that had it's partitions deleted

I have (or had) a 4TB storage pool that I had created using 2x 500GB drives with 2-way mirroring. Everything was working fine until I made a very dumb mistake. I was following some steps for something ...
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How does performance scale in a single column 2-way mirrored storage space as more disks are added?

In Windows 8.1 Storage Spaces, there seems to be pretty solid evidence that 2-way mirrored storage spaces have performance that improves significantly as more disks are added to the pool as long as ...
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Storage Spaces BSOD after re-installing Windows 8.1

After reinstalling Windows 8.1, reconnecting my Storage Spaces array causes a BSOD. I have a 3 drive Storage Spaces array + separate SSD. I re-installed Windows 8 -> and upgrade to 8.1 After ...
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Create one virtual volume (Storage Pool) from multiple machines (WinServ2012)

Is it possible to create one storage pool or virtual volume from all of the drives in several machines with Windows Server 2012? I imagine this would come from creating a Storage Space on each ...
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Can I replace a “shucked” usb drive in a striped storage space?

I have a striped storage space with a 4 drives in it. One of the drives is a USB 3.0 Seagate drive which died recently. I wasn't able to make any progress with it in the USB enclosure (and it is out ...
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Replace disk in simple storage space

Is there a way to replace a disk in a storage space without partition on a W8.1 system? I want to replace a 1.5TB drive with a 3TB drive but I don't have any spare sata ports. I do have enough space ...
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Moving/copying to Windows 8 Storage Spaces parity pool, slows to a halt every time after Windows 8.1 upgrade

I recently set up Windows 8 with an external (USB) storage space parity pool (4 drives, varying sizes 1.5&2TB drives). I managed to move about 3TB to this pool without a hitch, then the Windows ...
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How to reprovision hard disk after Windows 8 Storage Space

I am rebuilding a PC. I have 4 hard disks and Windows 8.1 does not want to install on any of them. It is also see 3 of them as a single 'Storage Space' that I had created in a previous install of ...
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Windows 8 Storage Space Error

I have a Storage Space set up with 2 way mirroring on Windows Pro 8.1. It has 4 Hard drives. 2x2TB 640GB and 1.5TB. The 1.5TB has a bad sector and every time windows tries to read it, any process ...
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How to add an additional drive to a Storage Spaces Virtual Disk

I have a Server 2012 server with 3x2TB drives set up in a parity layout, giving me 4TB of space. I want to add another 2TB to that virtual disk. However, when I add the drive, it shows up as ...
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Storage spaces: missing a lot of data

Today I opened my PC after some days and I noticed that it started doing something like a recovery on my storage space pool, before booting. Once booted, I've tried to open the pool to see if the ...
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Windows 8 Storage Spaces Hard Drives Spinning Up

I'm having issues with my Storage Space in Windows 8. I've got a space set up as a two-way mirror, with about 5 non-equal sized drives in it. For the most part, it works just fine. I use it mainly ...
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Can an existing Win8 storage space be migrated from 2-way mirror to parity?

This is the exact scenario I am looking to solve: I currently have 2x 4TB drives set up as a two-way mirror. I am now just about out of space and would like to be able to add a third 4TB drive and ...
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readyboost for REFS possible with a partition of an internal SSD?

I intend to setup a new computer with Windows 8.1/x64 using the following disks: 2 2TB rotating disk drives 1 or 2 SSDs (1x240GB or 2x120GB) I need your help to decide whether to buy 1 or 2 SSDs, ...
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Difference in Storages Spaces feature between Windows 2012 Server & Windows 8

So here it goes, I have a test bed setup, a machine with three harddrives besides the OS drive and installed on this machine is Windows 2012 Server Standard. I have the following Storage Spaces ...