Windows Storage Spaces

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Storage pools and spaces is a new storage technology, first 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.

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

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

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Storage spaces

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

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Storage spaces

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 shows broken storage spaces in pink.

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Broken storage spaces in R-Studio

If recognized 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. Right-click the required storage space, select Add missing disks on the shortcut menu and select the required object(s) on the Add missing disks 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