Windows Storage Spaces

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Storage pools and 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.

Restorer Ultimate 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

 

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

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Storage spaces in Restorer Ultimate

Restorer Ultimate shows broken storage spaces in pink.

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Broken storage spaces in Restorer Ultimate

 

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

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

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Add missing parent dialog box

Restorer Ultimate shows such storage spaces in blue:

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Storage spaces with added parents in Restorer Ultimate