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How to Delete a Storage Space from 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 delete a storage space from a storage pool in Windows 10.

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

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Deleting a storage space (virtual drive) permanently deletes all files that it contains.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Delete a Storage Space in Storage Spaces Settings
  • Option Two: To Delete a Storage Space in PowerShell





Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10
To Delete a Storage Space in Storage Spaces Settings

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 Delete link for the storage space you want to delete in the storage pool you want. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Delete storage space to confirm. (see screenshot below)
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Deleting a storage space (virtual drive) permanently deletes all files that it contains.

If you like, you can click/tap on the View files link to see if you want to back up any files on the storage space to another location before deleting it.


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4. The storage space will now be deleted from the storage pool. (see screenshot below)

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Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10
To Delete a Storage Space in PowerShell

1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

2. Type the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Get-VirtualDisk

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3. Make note of the friendly name (ex: "Storage space 1") of the storage space you want to delete. (see screenshot above)

4. Type the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
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For more Remove-VirtualDisk command usage options, see: Remove-VirtualDisk - Windows IT Center


Remove-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName "Name"

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Substitute Name in the command above with the actual name (ex: "Storage space 1") of the storage space from step 3 above.

For example:

Remove-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName "Storage space 1"


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5. When prompted in PowerShell, type Y and press Enter to confirm. (see screenshot above)

6. When finished, you can close the elevated PowerShell.


That's it,
Shawn