Storage Spaces Overview
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Storage Spaces lets you group drives together in a storage pool. Then you can use pool capacity to create storage spaces. Storage spaces are virtual drives that appear in the Hard Drives tab of the Dashboard. You can use them like any other drive, so it’s easy to work with files on them. You can create large storage spaces and add more drives to them when you run low on pool capacity. If you have two or more drives in the storage pool, you can create storage spaces that won't be affected by a drive failure—or even the failure of two drives, if you create a three-way mirror storage space.
To create a storage space, all you need is one or more extra drives in addition to the drive on which Windows is installed. These drives can be internal or external hard drives, or solid state drives. You can use a variety of types of drives with Storage Spaces, including USB, SATA, and SAS drives. For step by step instructions to create a storage space, see Create a Storage Space.
|If you configure Storage Spaces, you cannot perform a Factory Reset with the Clean Data option. The workaround for this issue is to first remove Storage Spaces and then perform a Factory Reset with the Clean Data option.|
For more information about Storage Spaces, see Storage Spaces Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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