Storage Spaces - Delete a Storage Space in a Storage Pool in Windows 8

How to Delete a Storage Space in a Storage Pool in Windows 8

information   Information
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 Windows Explorer. 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.
  • You will be able to connect the added drives of a storage space to another Windows 8 computer or new installation of Windows 8 to have that Windows 8 see and use the storage space in it's storage pool as well.
This tutorial will show you how to delete storage spaces in a storage pool in Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

For more detailed information and FAQs about Storage Pools and Storage Spaces, see:

Virtualizing storage for scale, resiliency, and efficiency - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

warning   Warning
Deleting a storage space permanently deletes all the files that it contains. You will not be able to recover the files by using the Recycle Bin.

Here's How:

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Storage Spaces icon.

2. Click on the Change settings button if not grayed (faded) out. (see screenshot below)


3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

4. To the right of a listed storage space that you wanted to delete from a storage pool, click on the Delete link. (see screenshot below)


Click on the Delete storage space button. (see screenshot below)


The storage space has now been deleted. From here, you can either create a new storage space in the storage pool, add or remove drives, or delete the storage pool if there are no more storage spaces in it. (see screenshot below)


That's it,



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