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How to Rename Physical Drive in Storage Pool for Storage Spaces 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.

When you add drives to a storage pool, the hardware name is used by default for the drive. You may want to rename the drive to any name you want.

This tutorial will show you how to rename physical drives in a storage pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to rename physical drives in a storage pool.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Rename Physical Drive in Storage Spaces Settings
  • Option Two: To Rename Physical Drive in PowerShell





Rename Physical Drive in Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Rename Physical Drive in Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10
To Rename Physical Drive 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 Rename link for the physical drive you want to change the name of in the storage pool you want. (see screenshot below)

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3. Type a new name you want for the physical drive (ex: "Storage Drive 2"), and click/tap on Rename drive. (see screenshot below)

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4. The storage pool will now be renamed. (see screenshot below)

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Rename Physical Drive in Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Rename Physical Drive in Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10
To Rename Physical Drive in PowerShell

1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

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

Get-PhysicalDisk

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3. Make note of the current friendly name (ex: "SAMSUNG HD154UI") of the physical drive you want to rename. (see screenshot above)
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Physical drives in storage pools will be the ones listed as unspecified "media type".


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


Set-PhysicalDisk -FriendlyName "CurrentName" -NewFriendlyName "NewName"

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Substitute CurrentName in the command above with the actual current name (ex: "SAMSUNG HD154UI") from step 3 above.

Substitute NewName in the command above with the actual new name (ex: "Storage Drive 1") you want for this physical drive.

For example:

Set-PhysicalDisk -FriendlyName "SAMSUNG HD154UI" -NewFriendlyName "Storage Drive 1"


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


That's it,
Shawn