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    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10

    How to Delete a Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    25 Jan 2021
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    How to Delete a Storage Space from Storage Pool 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.

    See also:

    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.


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

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

    Workaround and recovery steps for issue with some Parity Storage Spaces after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004 | Microsoft Support



    Contents

    • Option One: Delete a Storage Space from a Storage Pool in Settings
    • Option Two: Delete a Storage Space from a Storage Pool in Control Panel
    • Option Three: Delete a Storage Space from a Storage Pool in PowerShell






    OPTION ONE

    Delete a Storage Space from a Storage Pool in Settings


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


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

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

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space_in_settings-1.jpg

    3 Perform the following actions to delete a storage space from a storage pool: (see screenshot below)

    A) Expand open a storage pool you want to delete a storage space from.

    B) Expand open Storage Spaces for the storage pool.

    C) Click/tap on the storage space you want to delete.

    D) Click/tap on Properties.

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space_in_settings-2.png

    4 Click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space_in_settings-3.png

    5 Click/tap on Delete Space to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space_in_settings-4.jpg

    6 The storage space will now be deleted from the storage pool. You can now close Settings if you like.(see screenshot below)

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space_in_settings-5.png

    7 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Delete a Storage Space from a Storage Pool in Control Panel


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

    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)

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space-1.jpg

    3 Click/tap on Delete storage space to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    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.

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space-2.jpg

    4 The storage space will now be deleted from the storage pool. You can now close the Control Panel if you like. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space-3.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    Delete a Storage Space from a Storage Pool in PowerShell


    1 Open an elevated PowerShell.

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

    Get-VirtualDisk

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space_powershell-1.png

    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)

    For more Remove-VirtualDisk command usage options, see: Remove-VirtualDisk | Microsoft Docs


    Remove-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName "Name"

    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"

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-delete_storage_space_powershell-2.png

    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





  1. Posts : 61,585
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       #1

    Tutorial updated to add option 1.
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  2. Posts : 4
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Hello All-

    I was hoping someone may be able to help me out with this problem. I created a Storage Space between 2 drives and now see the mistake in doing so after using it for a while. I am trying to remove a drive, or delete a drive, from the storage space. I dont have that option no matter which way I try and access it (I have looked at all 3 of tutorials and the different options). I am going to post a screen shot if I can here of what i see in my control panel. If there is anyone who knows how to do this, please give me some advice. Appreciate the site and all the help it offers-my first post!
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  3. Posts : 61,585
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Eddieg81 said:
    Hello All-

    I was hoping someone may be able to help me out with this problem. I created a Storage Space between 2 drives and now see the mistake in doing so after using it for a while. I am trying to remove a drive, or delete a drive, from the storage space. I dont have that option no matter which way I try and access it (I have looked at all 3 of tutorials and the different options). I am going to post a screen shot if I can here of what i see in my control panel. If there is anyone who knows how to do this, please give me some advice. Appreciate the site and all the help it offers-my first post!
    Hello Eddie,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to upload and attach a screenshot to your post here.

    How to Upload and Post Screenshots and Files at Ten Forums
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  4. Posts : 4
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       #4

    Hello Brink,

    Thank you for the link.

    - - - Updated - - -

    And.....again it did not add it to my post. Weird. If I select preview post it shows the attachment in the post. But when I submit it, it does not show upDelete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-storspacessnsh.png

    And now i got it...finally lol.
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  5. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Eddieg81 said:
    Hello Brink,

    Thank you for the link.

    - - - Updated - - -

    And.....again it did not add it to my post. Weird. If I select preview post it shows the attachment in the post. But when I submit it, it does not show up

    And now i got it...finally lol.
    Interesting there's not a delete option.

    If wanted, you could copy anything you want to keep on the storage pool or storage space to another drive, and then format the storage pool/space drive in Disk Management to clear it.
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  6. Posts : 4
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Yeah it is weird. So I should be able to move anything I want to keep that is currently on "D:Storage space" and reformat it to use again your saying? Also does storage spaces make a disk show up like my "Disk 1" which is what I chose to create the storage space along with "disk 3"? Screenshot added.....hopefully

    Delete Storage Space from Storage Pool in Windows 10-disks.png
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  7. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Eddieg81 said:
    Yeah it is weird. So I should be able to move anything I want to keep that is currently on "D:Storage space" and reformat it to use again your saying? Also does storage spaces make a disk show up like my "Disk 1" which is what I chose to create the storage space along with "disk 3"? Screenshot added.....hopefully
    Correct. You can move the files from "D" to any other drive as usual.

    Formatting the "D" drive will clear it as a storage space to use as you want again.
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  8. Posts : 4
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    OK! Awesome, thank you very much for your help Brink. And like I said before, thanks alot for all the stuff you guys do on the site-Ive used it for a long time. Glad I finally posted something and you helped me out. Have a good one
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  9. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Eddieg81 said:
    OK! Awesome, thank you very much for your help Brink. And like I said before, thanks alot for all the stuff you guys do on the site-Ive used it for a long time. Glad I finally posted something and you helped me out. Have a good one
    You're most welcome.
      My Computers


 

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