Storage Spaces help protect data from drive failures and expand storage over time as you add drives to your PC. There are 3 types of storage space: simple, mirror and parity.
This tutorial will show you how to use Storage Spaces to create a new pool and storage space in Windows 10.
Note : You must be logged in as admin to create a new pool and storage space.
How to create a new pool and storage space in Windows 10
Add or connect the drives that you want to group with Storage Spaces.
These drives can be internal hard drives, external hard drives or SSDs. You can use a variety of drives with Storage Spaces, including USB, SATA and SAS drives.
The number of drives required will depend on whether you want to create a storage space simple, mirror or parity.
Open Settings, click the System icon , click Storage on the left, and click the Manage Storage Spaces link on the right.
You can also open the Control Panel (icon view) and click the Storage Spaces icon .
Click the Create a new pool and storage space link .
Click Yes if prompted by UAC.
Select the drives you want to add to the new storage space to create a storage pool, then select Create pool.
Windows will permanently delete all partitions and files on the selected formatted drives.
Be sure to back up anything you don’t want to lose to another drive first.
Enter the name (eg ” Storage space “) you want for this storage space.
Select the drive letter (eg ” E “) you want for this storage space.
Select the desired file system for this storage space.
REFS will only be available if enabled before. Reference: Enable / disable ReFS (Resilient File System) on Windows 10 for more details.
Select the Simple, Two-way mirror, Three-way mirror or Parity you want for this storage space.
Enter the maximum amount of space you want this storage space to reach and tap Create storage space .
The storage pool and storage space will be created.
Physical drives are the drives you selected in step 5 above.
This Storage space will now show up as a drive (eg “E”) in This PC for the user to use like any other drive on the PC.