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

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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 migrate standalone drives to Windows Storage Spaces?

Background: My current Windows 8.1 desktop features two drives: a mid-sized SSD boot drive and a large hard drive with the Users directory on it, set there in audit mode after the initial OS install. ...
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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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Windows Storage Spaces recovery from failed hard drive

I currently have a storage pool with 3x3TB WD Red hard drives setup in simple mode (i.e. no redundancy) on a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I use those 9TB as a shared drive across the ...
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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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Upgrading storage spaces pool in multiples of column

I've done some research on Windows Storage Spaces, and I'd like to confirm some of what I'm planning is correct. I'm setting up a 3x 3TB pool (parity), with three columns. Eventually, I plan on ...
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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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Win8 Storage Spaces tolerance warning

I have Windows 8 storage spaces configured. After a reboot, I got a warning about 'Reduced Tolerance. Check the physical drives.' However, in the physical drive section, both drives are marked as ...
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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 ...
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Windows Server Software RAID 6

I want to set up a software RAID 6 configuration, but in Windows Server 2008 it only lets me do up to RAID 5. In Server 2012 I saw they have this new thing called "Storage Spaces" which sounds neat, ...
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Windows 8 Storage Space Recovery

the problem start like this. I add a 2-way mirror storage pool in my Windows 8. (consist of 2 x 500gb harddisk) I assume it can be read by any OS. So, I proceed to hackintosh my computer. After ...
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Remove drive from Windows Storage Spaces

I have build a HTPC with the drives in the same case. It runs on W8 and uses Storage Spaces to manage the data and create a single cluster for all the hard drives which is easier to manage in XBMC. ...
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Which external USB drives work with Windows 8 Storage Spaces?

First, a bit of background: Microsoft brags about how the new Windows 8 Storage Spaces support any interface (including USB) for attaching drives to add to a Storage Pool: ...
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How can I save my JBOD “files” when moving from Windows Home Server to Windows Server Essentials 2012

I had a Windows Home Server (not 2011) that finally up and died on me. Instead of going through the effort of re-installing an outdated OS, I decided to install Windows Server Essentials 2012, since ...
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Can Storage Spaces cause Fraps to stutter?

So I am using Storage Spaces to get multiple hard drives together under one Drive Letter (regular hard drives). I installed Fraps on it. My OS and my games are installed on another hard drive (an ...
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Storage Spaces - mix SSD with HDD

Can't really find any info so I'm hoping someone here can shed some light. I have a fresh copy of Windows 8 Pro installed. I want to use storage spaces with 4 internal HDD and 2 internal SSD's. Does ...
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How to change Windows 8 Storage Pool Resiliency type?

After creating a number of Storage Spaces in Windows 8 how can you later change the Storage Space resiliency type to something different? So far the only work around I have found is to create a new ...
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Drive not able to be added to Storage Spaces

I am having difficulties trying to create a storage space. I have four Hard Drives in my computer. Samsung 128Gb SSD x2 Caviar Green 2TB Older 320 Gb drive I want to merge the two last ones. The ...
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How to remove a drive from a storage pool on Windows 8?

I have 3 drives in a Storage Space on Windows 8. I am running a two way mirror. The drives are 2x2TB and 1x1TB. I want to remove the 1TB drive without replacing it. In other words, I only want the ...
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Mirror Internal Hard Drive Partition to External Hard Drive Partition

I have a ~1.5 TB partition in my internal hard drive out of which ~320 GB is used. I also have a 450 GB partition in an external hard drive connected through USB 3.0. First, I want to mirror the ...
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Hybrid Storage Setup on “normal” hardware

I am rebuilding my workstation to install Windows Server 2012, up from 2008 R2, and I am looking at the storage subsystem as a place of change... The current setup is as follows Boot: 2 10k RPM ...
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Moving Storage Spaces volumes between physical disks?

Can I move logical volumes between physical disks within the same Storage Pool? For example, if I have an HDD and an SSD in the same Storage Pool, how can I move a frequently-used volume into the SSD? ...
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How does storage spaces decide where to put my files?

With Windows 8 Storage Spaces, you can lump many hard disks of varying types, speeds and sizes together to use as a single storage space / logical drive. How does Windows decide what to place where? ...
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How do I replace a harddrive that is in a two-way mirror storage space on Windows 8?

I have a storage space in Windows 8 doing a two-way mirror on three harddrives. The sizes are 297GB, 189GB, and 70GB. I would like to replace the 70GB HD with a larger one. My thought was to remove ...
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Can I install Windows 8 onto a Storage Spaces Pool

I am going to perform a clean installation of Windows 8 Pro onto my computer. Due to upgrades over time I currently have 2 x 120 GB SSD drives. Is it possible to create a Storage Space Pool using ...