How to Set Up Storage Spaces in Windows 10
Hook up your drives, log in to Windows using an administrator account, and then go into File Explorer and verify that Windows has identified three drives.
The figure shows three drives. The C: drive has the Windows system on it; C:’s the boot drive. The other two have miscellaneous junk.
Bring up the Control Panel (right-click the lower-left corner of the screen and choose Control Panel); tap or click System and Security, and then tap or click Storage Spaces.
Or go type storage spaces in the Cortana search box.
If you choose either Storage Spaces or Manage Storage Spaces, you see the Storage Spaces dialog box, as shown.
Tap or click the Create a New Pool and Storage Space link.
You have to create a storage pool first — that is, assign physical hard drives to Windows available pool of hard drives. Windows offers to create a storage pool, as shown. Windows allows you to pool any drives other than those that contain the boot and system partitions.
Select the check boxes next to the drives that you want to include in the storage pool. Tap or click Create Pool.
Note that if you accidentally select a drive that contains useful data, your data’s going to disappear. Irretrievably. You can’t use Recuva or some other disk scanning tool to bring back your data. After the drive’s absorbed into the storage pool borg, it’s gone.
Windows whizzes and wheezes and whirs for a while, and displays the Create a Storage Space dialog box, as shown. Windows wants you to give the new Storage Space a name and drive letter, and choose the mirroring and the maximum size.
You use the name and the letter in the same way that you now use a drive letter and drive name — even though the Storage Space spans two or more hard drives. You can format the Storage Space drive, copy data to or from the drive, and even partition the drive, even though there’s no real, physical drive involved.
Choose a resiliency.
Set a logical size for the Storage Space. The logical size of the Storage Space can greatly exceed the available hard drive space. There’s no downside to having a very large logical size, other than a bit of overhead in some internal tables. Shoot for the moon.
Tap or click Create Storage Space. Windows whirs and sets up a freshly formatted Storage Space.
Go back out to File Explorer, and verify that you have a new drive, which is, in fact, an enormously humongous Storage Space.
If it weren’t for the fact that you just created it, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that the new Storage Space isn’t a real drive.