How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10  

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10

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    25 Jan 2021
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    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10


    Storage Spaces helps protect your data from drive failures and extend storage over time as you add drives to your PC. You can use Storage Spaces to group two or more drives together in a storage pool and then use capacity from that pool to create virtual drives called storage spaces. These storage spaces typically store two copies of your data so if one of your drives fails, you still have an intact copy of your data. If you run low on capacity, just add more drives to the storage pool.

    These disk drives can be internal or external hard drives, or solid state drives. You can use a variety of types of drives with Storage Spaces, including USB, SATA, and SAS drives.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to add disks to a storage pool for storage spaces in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to add drives to the storage pool.


    Issue with some Storage Spaces configurations after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004 | Microsoft Support

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    Contents

    • Option One: Add Disk(s) to a Storage Pool in Settings
    • Option Two: Add Disk(s) to a Storage Pool in Control Panel






    OPTION ONE

    Add Disk(s) to a Storage Pool in Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 21296.


    1 Add or connect the disk drive(s) that you want to add to the storage pool.

    2 Open Settings, click/tap on the System icon.

    3 Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage Storage Spaces link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-add_disk_to_storage_pool_in_settings-1.jpg

    4 Perform the following actions to add disk(s) to a storage pool: (see screenshot below)

    A) Expand open a storage pool you want to add disk(s) to.

    B) Expand open Physical disks for the storage pool.

    C) Click/tap on Add disks to storage pool.

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-add_disk_to_storage_pool_in_settings-2.png

    5 Select (check) the disk(s) (drives) you want to add to the storage pool, check (default) or uncheck to optimize drive usage to spread existing data across all drives in the pool for what you want, and then click/tap on Add when ready. (see screenshot below)

    When you add new drives to an existing pool, it's a good idea to optimize drive usage. This will move some of your data to the newly added drive to make the best use of the pool's capacity.


    Windows will permanently delete all partitions and files on selected formatted drives (disks).

    Be sure to back up anything you do not want to lose to another disk first.

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-add_disk_to_storage_pool_in_settings-3.png

    6 The selected disk(s) will now be added to the storage pool. (see screenshot below)

    If you like, you can change the maximum storage space size to what you want since you just added disk(s) to have more space available.

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-add_disk_to_storage_pool_in_settings-4.png

    7 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Add Disk(s) to a Storage Pool in Control Panel


    1 Add or connect the disk drive(s) that you want to add to the storage pool.

    2 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Storage Spaces icon.

    3 Click/tap on the Change settings button, click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC, and click/tap on the Add drives link for the storage pool you want to add drives to. (see screenshot below)

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-storage_spaces-add_drive-1.jpg

    4 Select (check) the disk(s) (drives) you want to add to the storage pool, check (default) or uncheck to optimize drive usage to spread existing data across all drives for what you want, and then select Add drives. (see screenshot below)

    When you add new drives to an existing pool, it's a good idea to optimize drive usage. This will move some of your data to the newly added drive to make the best use of the pool's capacity.


    Windows will permanently delete all partitions and files on selected formatted drives (disks).

    Be sure to back up anything you do not want to lose to another disk first.

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-storage_spaces-add_drive-2.jpg

    5 The selected disk(s) (drives) will now be added to the storage pool. (see screenshot below)

    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-storage_spaces-add_drive-3.jpg

    If you like, you can click/tap on the Change link for the storage space above to change the maximum storage space size to what you want since you just added a drive(s) to have more space available.
    How to Add Disks to Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10-storage_spaces-add_drive-4.jpg



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Silky's Avatar
    Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Basic question - I just got one of those Mini PC Sticks. It has 64 GB storage and setting it up for simple browsing and home LAN access has resulted in 75% of that space being used (browser install, antivirus, caches, etc.). I'm using portable apps where I can.

    I added a 128 MB Micro SD (TF) card to it and would like to see if I can functionally (and easily) expand the storage by making WIn 10 think it's one drive. Will Storage Spaces do that? I don't care about redundancy on the stick, I just need more room without having to carefully manage it.

    Or is that the wrong way to think about what storage spaces does...?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
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       #2

    Hello Silky,

    I'm afraid you can't add a removable drive to a storage pool.
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  3. Silky's Avatar
    Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello Silky,

    I'm afraid you can't add a removable drive to a storage pool.

    I appreciate the speedy reply. Just to clarify, I read this: "You can manage data better with storage spaces. For example, if you have many USB drives connected to the same computer, you can combine it all into a single logical drive, so you can organize it all in a single place."

    From: Windows 10 storage spaces — A comprehensive guide

    I'm not challenging you, and in fact, if you say it's not true, or I've misunderstood what was being said, I'll take your word. But I just want to clarify whether or not that statement is correct. If so, I'm hoping to capitalize on that.

    Thoughts?
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  4. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 10,565
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       #4

    I don't yet have need for Storage Spaces but the quoted statement
    "You can manage data better with storage spaces. For example, if you have many USB drives connected to the same computer, you can combine it all into a single logical drive, so you can organize it all in a single place."
    seems to indicate the data on the USB drives would all be consolidated to another drive or logical partition on another drive and probably not another USB drive.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Silky said:
    I appreciate the speedy reply. Just to clarify, I read this: "You can manage data better with storage spaces. For example, if you have many USB drives connected to the same computer, you can combine it all into a single logical drive, so you can organize it all in a single place."

    From: Windows 10 storage spaces — A comprehensive guide

    I'm not challenging you, and in fact, if you say it's not true, or I've misunderstood what was being said, I'll take your word. But I just want to clarify whether or not that statement is correct. If so, I'm hoping to capitalize on that.

    Thoughts?
    A USB drive wouldn't necessarily be considered "removable media" by Windows.

    However, a SD card would always be considered removable media.
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  6. Silky's Avatar
    Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Berton said:
    I don't yet have need for Storage Spaces but the quoted statement seems to indicate the data on the USB drives would all be consolidated to another drive or logical partition on another drive and probably not another USB drive.
    I'll admit right now, I'm not sure what that means. Any chance you'd be willing to break that down with a practical example?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Brink said:
    A USB drive wouldn't necessarily be considered "removable media" by Windows.

    However, a SD card would always be considered removable media.
    So in theory, with this Mini PC Stick (which I'm thinking is a mistake about now), since it has USB ports, I could connect external storage and use that as part of the storage space? Am I understanding your post correctly?
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
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       #7

    Silky said:
    So in theory, with this Mini PC Stick (which I'm thinking is a mistake about now), since it has USB ports, I could connect external storage and use that as part of the storage space? Am I understanding your post correctly?
    It won't hurt to try.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Tutorial updated to add option 1.
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