unable to created spanned volume


  1. Posts : 1
    windows 10
       #1

    unable to created spanned volume


    using windows 10 pro 64 bit

    I have a 500 gb SSD that is also my boot drive. I installed a 2 TB ssd I want to span into it to create a single volume to make managing programs/documents simple.

    I can't change the original 500 GB HD into dynamic mode even though I can shrink it in size by more than half (it keeps giving me an error message saying there is not enough space).

    How do I fix this/is there an easier way to do it than disk manager/is there a way to have program files and documents just default to the new SSD instead if nothing can be done?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    You could...
    - move your whole user profile to the 2Tb disk (not a choice I'd personally make) - tutorial available
    - relocate the default library folders (Documents etc) to the 2Tb disk (not a choice I'd personally make- people have broken things making mistakes when relocating these - others (who didn't) are happy) (tutorials available - disk imaging strongly recommended beforehand as per the tutorials just in case).
    - create your own user folders on the 2Tb disk and use those in place of Documents, Videos etc - and add these to the libraries or create new libraries as you wish - my preferred option as it leaves Windows' defaults alone.

    Suggest you examine your disk usage to see where your space has gone. I have several hundred programs installed on a 256 Gb SSD and still have plenty of space. But some e.g. games can be large I suppose.

    Wiztree (free) can give a great view of disk space (tree and cushion map views).

    I have my personal documents on a 2nd disk.
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  3. MaloK's Avatar
    Posts : 933
    Windows 7
       #3

    Hi mhann,

    A spanned volume cannot be used for either the boot or system volumes. They can only be used for a data volume. A spanned volume cannot be accessed until windows makes the volume accessible. For that reason Bootting from a spanned volume is not allowed.

    And also doing such configuration e.g: (Raid 0) would more than "double" your chance of loosing everything in case of hardware failure or system file corruption.

    If you want to have your new disk as boot drive instead. You could clone the content of your old on to the new one and replace the smaller driver with the big one. then use the 500 to backup critical files. On a workstation I like to have all the space for windows and programs installations without having to move anything.

    There should be no problems booting on the clone since your drive is not over 2TB.
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  4. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1348
       #4

    mhann said:
    unable to created spanned volume
    is there an easier way to do it ...
    I hope you don't mind but I'd suggest an entirely different approach to managing your disks.
    1 Accept that the OS and your applications are on your boot disk
    2 Use your additional disk for just your own files. Regard it as purely a data disk.

    This will allow you to have a decent backup policy.
    1 Use system imaging for your Boot disk [your OS disk].
    - A system image can turn a disaster into a mere inconvenience.
    - By limiting your OS disk to OS & applications, your system images will be small because they will not include the great mass of data files you might build up over time.
    - You might well make a new system image every month [before Patch Tuesday installs a new Cumulative update].
    2 Use any one of a number of available methods to back up your additional disk, your data disk.
    - Whilst you might choose to use disk imaging for this, you do not have to.
    - Data backups can be as simple as making copies of everything onto an external disk.
    - You might well back up your data daily or even several times a day.
    my ditty - File backup vs imaging, imaging utilities, backing up drivers [post #3] - TenForums

    [system imaging = disk imaging. People just tend to use the term 'system imaging' when its the OS disk & 'disk imaging' for other disks.]

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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    ... I think that's one approach I suggested...

    There is the option of using the larger SSD as the system disk as said above, but it is a good move to keep personal data off C: for O/S maintenance reasons.
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  6. MaloK's Avatar
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    Windows 7
       #6

    Yes, It really depends on what you're doing with the machine.
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  7. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 9,682
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1348
       #7

    dalchina said:
    ... I think that's one approach I suggested...
    Yes. I decided to help the OP by addressing the subject from the perspective of backup planning.

    All the best,
    Denis
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