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How to Create a Storage Space for Storage Pool in Windows 10

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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.

This tutorial will show you how to create a storage space for a storage pool in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to create a storage space.



Here's How:

1. Open Settings, click/tap on the System icon, click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage Storage Spaces link on the right side. (see screenshot below)
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You can also open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Storage Spaces icon instead.


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2. Click/tap on the Change settings button, click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC, and click/tap on the Create a storage space link for the storage pool you want. (see screenshot below)

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3. Enter a name (ex: "Storage space 2") you want for this storage space. (see screenshot below step 7)

4. Select a drive letter (ex: "F") you want for this storage space. (see screenshot below step 7)

5. Select a file system you want for this storage space. (see screenshot below step 7)

6. Select a Simple, Two-way mirror, Three-way mirror, or Parity resiliency type you want for this storage space. (see screenshot below step 7)
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You can create a simple, mirror (two-way or three-way), or parity storage space:
  • Simple spaces are designed for increased performance, but don't protect your files from drive failure. They're best for temporary data (such as video rendering files), image editor scratch files, and intermediary compiler object files. Simple spaces require at least two drives to be useful.
  • Mirror spaces are designed for increased performance and protect your files from drive failure by keeping multiple copies. Two-way mirror spaces make two copies of your files and can tolerate one drive failure, while three-way mirror spaces can tolerate two drive failures. Mirror spaces are good for storing a broad range of data, from a general-purpose file share to a VHD library. When a mirror space is formatted with the Resilient File System (ReFS), Windows will automatically maintain your data integrity, which makes your files even more resilient to drive failure. Two-way mirror spaces require at least two drives, and three-way mirror spaces require at least five drives.
  • Parity spaces are designed for storage efficiency and protect your files from drive failure by keeping multiple copies. Parity spaces are best for archival data and streaming media, like music and videos. This storage layout requires at least three drives to protect you from a single drive failure and at least seven drives to protect you from two drive failures.


7. Enter the maximum size you want this storage space can reach, and click/tap on Create storage space. (see screenshot below)

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8. The new storage space (virtual drive) will now be created for the storage pool. (see screenshot below)

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9. This storage space (virtual drive) will now show up as a drive (ex: "F") in This PC for users to use like any other drive on the PC. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn