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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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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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 ...
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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: http://windows.microsoft....
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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 SSD)....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Windows Server Storage Spaces tier write-back cache, how to configure threshold that determines if write is performed on write-back cache?

The Storage Spaces feature included with Windows Server 2012 and the upcoming Windows Server 2016 consists of a virtual disk. In a tiered storage deployment a write-back cache is created (the default ...
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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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Calculate usable storage space with different size drives in Windows Storage Spaces?

I'd like to create a parity storage space in Windows 10 with a 5 tb disk and two 3 tb disks. Is there a way to calculate how much usable space this will give me?
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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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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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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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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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Does Tiered Storage in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 work with Microsoft Software ISCSI Target

I am trying to build a storage machine for my home network, but I’m running into an issue with understanding how certain things work behind the scenes. I am hoping to set up a tiered storage system ...
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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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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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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 7....
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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 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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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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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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ReFS combination with storage spaces and TrueCrypt

I would like to store data encrypted and reliable (no bit rot, mirror). Already did some testing but I am not sure at some points. For all cases: I set up a windows storage space with 2 drives (...
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How do I format a single raid 5 hard drive?

I'd like to know how to format a single former raid 5 hard drive If I boot up without the other raid 5 drives then Windows doesn't see it; it doesn't appear in Disk Management, or whilst booted into ...
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Storage Spaces unusable read speed

I've created a Storage Space with parity using 10 2TB disks and transferred 10TB onto it. However I am getting appalling read speeds. When I try and copy data off it, it takes ages to get going (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 8....
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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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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 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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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? ...