How Do I Use Windows 8 Storage Spaces?

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How Do I Use Windows 8 Storage Spaces?

Windows 8 has a new feature named Storage Spaces that allows administrators of the computer to add additional hard disk drives, and use them to increase the total storage capacity of the computer, or to add redundancy to the data in order to prevent accidental data loss in case the main hard disk drive fails.

Storage Spaces in Windows 8 works as a RAID configuration in which multiple hard disk drives are connected to each other to perform certain tasks. Mostly, this type of configuration is required in production environments where sensitive data is to be protected from unintentional and accidental corruption or deletion. However with this new feature integrated in Windows 8, data can now be protected even in home use, ensuring the security of data in both home computers and production environments.

While configuring Storage Spaces, Windows 8 prompts administrators to create a storage pool in which multiple hard disk drives can be added. When a new hard disk drive is installed or connected to the computer, it is added to the storage pool, and allows Windows 8 to use its storage capacity as configured by the administrators.

How to Create a Storage Pool in Windows 8

In order to create a storage pool in Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below should be followed:

  • Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account.
  • Make sure that a second hard disk drive is attached to the computer.
  • Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop.
  • Once on the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner.
  • From the displayed options, click Settings.
  • From Settings pane, click Control Panel.
  • On Control Panel window, click System and Security category.
  • On System and Security window, click Storage Spaces from the right pane.
  • On Storage Spaces window, click Create a new pool and storage space.
  • On the displayed User Account Control confirmation box, click Yes to provide the administrative credentials to configure storage space settings with elevated privileges.
  • On Create a storage pool window, make sure that the checkbox opposite to second hard disk is checked.
  • Once done, click Create pool to create a new storage pool.
  • On the next page, Under Name and drive letter section, specify an appropriate name of storage pool in the Name field.
  • Under same section, choose the appropriate drive letter from the Drive letter drop-down list.
  • Under Resiliency section, make sure that Two-way mirror is selected from Resiliency type drop-down list.
  • Under Size section, provide the size of the storage pool in the Size (maximum) field in GB.
  • Close Create a storage space window when done.