With an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) or SSD (Solid State Drive), all storage devices tend to fail after years of constant wear and tear. Although it is relatively easy to replace a damaged drive. Drive failures are one of the worst things that can happen to your Windows 11 PC. In the blink of an eye, you can lose all your essential information.
Much obliged, You can protect your data from drive failure using the Storage Spaces feature in Windows 11. This is a guide that explains everything you need to know about using it on your PC.
What are Storage Spaces in Windows 11 and why should you create one?
Storage Spaces is a feature that allows you to create an array/group of two or more physical hard drives to create a larger virtual drive or Storage Pool that you can use to store and protect your data.
Virtual drives created with Storage Spaces may appear to function like regular hard drives, but the main reason you should create Storage Spaces on your Windows 11 PC is its resilience and scalability.
- Resilience refers to the ability to create one or more copies of data spread across multiple drives, protecting your valuable data from drive failure.
- Scalability refers to the ability of a Storage Space to expand its combined storage space by adding new drives, allowing for the storage space of physical disks and a hard virtual drive to expand.
How to Create Storage Space in Windows 11
Creating a Storage Space may seem like a complicated process, but it’s easy to do in Windows 11. Unlike earlier versions of Windows that relied on the Control panel, Windows 11 makes creating Storage Spaces simpler with its new and improved features. Settings app.
Here’s how you can easily create Storage Space using the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC.
Step 1: Press Windows + I keys to access the Settings app. Then click on Storage.
Step 2: From the storage screen, click on ‘Advanced storage settings’.
Step 3: From the ‘Advanced storage settings’ download; Click on ‘Storage Locations’.
Step 4: Then click on ‘Create storage and repository’.
Step 5: Enter a name for the storage pool by clicking the text box below Name. Then select the disks you want to add to the pool.
Step 6: After assigning a name to the repository and selecting the relevant disks, Click Create.
Windows will then create a Storage pool by consolidating multiple disks. In addition, Windows will ask you to create a Storage Space from it to enable data protection mechanism.
Step 7: Enter a name for the repository by clicking the text box below Name. Then enter a number to determine the size of the Storage Space you will create.
Step 8: Select the resilience or data protection method by clicking the ‘Two-way mirror’ drop-down. Here’s what each option does:
- A simple selection allows you to merge two drives without any data protection.
- Selecting a two-way mirror creates a single mirrored copy of the data and allows you to merge two drives with data protection in the event of a single drive failure.
- Selecting a three-way mirror creates two mirrored copies of the data and allows five drives to be aggregated with data protection against the failure of up to two drives.
- Selecting Parity allows files to be stored on three drives with the same information. Windows can use the same information to reconstruct data if a drive fails.
- Selecting dual-parity allows you to store files on seven drives with the same data. Windows can use the same information to reconstruct data when a dual drive fails.
Then click Create to save the changes and create a new Storage Space.
Step 9: Enter a name for the new volume by clicking the text box under Label. Then, Click the Drive Letter drop-down to assign a new Drive Letter to the new volume.
Step 10: Click the File system drop-down to select a file system for the New Volume. Then click Format.
- Choose NTFS (New Technology File System) if you plan to use Storage Space to store data with standard data protection from data corruption.
- Choose ReFS (Resilient File System) if you plan to use storage space to store large amounts of data with better data protection from data corruption.
After clicking Format, A new disk partition with the drive letter D will appear in File Explorer. Meanwhile, If a drive fails or if you want to expand storage space by adding a new hard drive, you can easily click the Physical disks drop-down and click the ‘Add disks to storage pool’ button.
Protect your data from sudden drive failure.
The above solutions will help you save all your files in the newly created Storage Space. It’s very similar to having a physical drive, except that it can organize storage space more efficiently. Meanwhile, Your Windows 11 PC should be ready to protect your valuable data from sudden drive failure.