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Can't add drive to Storage Space

  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Another way - especially if you have smaller drives but want to create large storage spaces is to use SPANNED Drives.

    Convert the relevant volumes first to DYNAMIC disks and then simply span the volumes together -- Windows will then see each set of spanned volumes as a SINGLE volume -- so if you have 4 X 500GB drives that you want to Span windows will show these as 1 X 2TB.

    In the administrative tools ==> disk management you'll see disk 1, 2, 3 with the same VOLUME letter.

    The only drawback is that if one fails then you lose all the data but if you backup regularly should not be a problem -- when backing up spanned volumes do it by Directories (folders) rather than try and back the whole kybosh up.

    I use spanned volumes a lot on my older computers as I have some large multi-media files and I need some directories / Databases to be larger than a single 500 GB volume.

    Incidentally as the 500GB drives are so cheap these days I reckon this is a good cheap way for implementing HUGE DB's -- if used basically for DATA like audio / photos etc. you don't need expensive HDD's -- don't use this method though for things like page files, and things like photoshop scratch files --you need FAST disks for this stuff (SSD's for instance).

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Another way - especially if you have smaller drives but want to create large storage spaces is to use SPANNED Drives.

    Convert the relevant volumes first to DYNAMIC disks and then simply span the volumes together -- Windows will then see each set of spanned volumes as a SINGLE volume -- so if you have 4 X 500GB drives that you want to Span windows will show these as 1 X 2TB.

    In the administrative tools ==> disk management you'll see disk 1, 2, 3 with the same VOLUME letter.

    The only drawback is that if one fails then you lose all the data but if you backup regularly should not be a problem -- when backing up spanned volumes do it by Directories (folders) rather than try and back the whole kybosh up.

    I use spanned volumes a lot on my older computers as I have some large multi-media files and I need some directories / Databases to be larger than a single 500 GB volume.

    Incidentally as the 500GB drives are so cheap these days I reckon this is a good cheap way for implementing HUGE DB's -- if used basically for DATA like audio / photos etc. you don't need expensive HDD's -- don't use this method though for things like page files, and things like photoshop scratch files --you need FAST disks for this stuff (SSD's for instance).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    I'm after using the new product 'storage spaces' which is a new tech that replaces disk management for many functions, not storage spaces as a generic term. Thanks though.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64-Bit


    After email ping pong for about 2 weeks with the tech department I've finally got them to admit that their card does not fully support Windows 8 and storage spaces even though it's advertised as doing so.

    "It is possible that our card does not to support this feature."
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