Windows Storage Spaces

Windows Storage Spaces

Windows Storage Spaces


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/Threshold 2/Anniversary/Fall Creators updates.

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 detects disks (or their images) 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

If recognized parents of a storage space, including disk images, are added to R-Studio later, it automatically adds them to their respective storage space.

When an automatically created storage space is selected, R-Studio highlights its components.

R-Studio shows the components of the selected storage space on its WSS Components tab.

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WSS Components tab

R-Studio shows broken storage spaces in pink.

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Broken storage spaces in R-Studio

 

The WSS Components tab also allows you to manually disconnect or connect the components, for example, if they are such damaged that R-Studio cannot recognize them as parts of a broken storage space. Select the object from the drop-down box and click the Connect button. R-Studio displays the objects it recognizes as the components of the storage space in blue.

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Add missing parent dialog box

You may immediately switch to the storage space configuration that R-Studio believes most probable by clicking the Reassemble button.

R-Studio shows such storage spaces in blue:

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Storage spaces with added parents in R-Studio