Windows Storage Spaces

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Windows storage spaces is a new storage technology, introduced in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, that allows the user to combine various (not always similar) hard drives into a kind of a RAID or compound volume. First, the hard drives are combined into a storage pool, then several storage spaces with striping (similar to RAID0), mirroring (similar to RAID1), and parity (similar to RAID5) can be created in that storage pool. You may read more about storage pools and spaces in the Microsoft's Storage Spaces: FAQ

When drives from a storage pool are connected to a Windows computer, it automatically detects them and assembles storage spaces accordingly.

R-Studio supports Windows Storage Spaces created by Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10/Anniversary update.

When Windows storage spaces use caching, R-Studio can process both the cache and the storage space itself simultaneously greatly increasing chances for successful recovery of deleted files. For SSD (Solid State Device) media, bypassing the cache may be the only available option to recover lost files.

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Storage spaces in Windows

 

Storage pools and spaces can be managed using the Storage Spaces item in the Windows Control Panel.

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Storage spaces in Windows

 

R-Studio automatically detects disks from storage pools and creates storage pools and spaces automatically. At the same time, R-Studio gives access to the parents of the storage spaces (hard drives and images).

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Storage spaces in R-Studio

R-Studio indicates cached storage spaces in their Properties tab.

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Cached storage space

R-Studio shows broken storage spaces in pink.

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Broken storage spaces in R-Studio

 

If missing parents of a storage space are added to R-Studio (including disk images), R-Studio automatically adds them to their respective storage spaces.

When storage space parents are such damaged that R-Studio cannot recognize them as parents of broken storage spaces, you may add them manually. Control-click the required storage space, select Add missing parents on the contextual menu and select the required object(s) on the Add missing parent dialog box.

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Add missing parent dialog box

You should place the objects on their correct places.

R-Studio shows such storage spaces in blue:

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Storage spaces with added parents in R-Studio