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Windows 8 Storage Spaces Tutorial Featuring WD Green Hard Drives NCIX Tech Tips

The best way to expand the storage of your Windows 8 system is Storage Spaces. Linus shows you how to use it and explains how it all works!


18 Comments on Windows 8 Storage Spaces Tutorial Featuring WD Green Hard Drives NCIX Tech Tips

  1. Quick question. You show the creation of a stripe set of 50TB although you don't have the physical space for it.
    You also said that the space can be increase whenever it is needed. 
    So why setting a 50TB size? Is there an advantage doing so instead of increasing the space whenever needed by adding new drives? So if 9TB, adding another 3TB gives 12TB, etc…? 
    I don't quite understand the advantage.
    Thanks for your tutorials they are great :)

  2. I was all about Storage Space until recently.  I had 14 TB of drives wrapped up in Storage Space.  Mirrored, Thin provision.  It worked great for months, it was quick over the network, until we approached 7TB data usage.  I needed to "add a drive," but was running out of USB plugs.  

    So I went for an 8 bay add-on enclosure (similar to the 3 bay shown in this vid). I purchased 2 WD drives to plug in the bays, but for some reason it was only recognizing one at a time.  Spent hours with the manufacturer's tech support team.  Thought it was a problem with the bay, so I returned it and got a replacement one.  Got external shells to take the 8 bay out of the equation.  Somewhere along the line one of my 3TB external drives was compromised, it works (slowly) with a fan and a heavy weight on it?  I can attach virtual disk and repair, but the farthest it has gotten was 9% over a weekend, then something happened and the virtual disk became detached (probably due to the failing disk).  

    Long story short, I am looking to replace the failing drive, but now I have purchased 2 more 3TB drives and added them to the pool (which I am now calling a "black hole").  It is not working like the tutorial says.  I have tried to add a disk using the "hot spare" option.  It won't let me repair the virtual disk and it won't let me remove the failing physical disk.  

    It's not a set up and walk away system!

  3. Im trying to set up a raid0 on 2 usb3 drives, but I don't get any raid0 performance. When I try the same setup on a mac/OSX I get the speed increase.
    Looks also like I can't use normal disk utility raid0 on the drives under  W8.1, say the drives can't be dynamic.
    Also, where to get blackmagic speed test for windows?

  4. So when you for example have two 2TB physical hdd and you create a storage space or storage pool,you can get a  50 TB storage ? Does that mean that once the space on the two 2TB runs out I still have 46 TB left ? on which I can still save files ?
    Man i don't really get that part , can someone clarify this ?

  5. A lot of people with win 8 don't know about Storage Spaces. Its a pretty cool function that lets you group drives together in a storage pool. 

    Storage spaces are virtual drives that appear in File 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.

    #windows8   #storagespaces   #microsoft  

  6. Can anybody tell me if it's still that easy and "no problem" if the mainboard of the computer breaks down? How do i get the data back using another windows machine? And if you tell me to back up: how do i back up this amount of data in an efficient way? 

  7. If i use three 4TB drives and pool them as parity, how much actual space will I have. Thanks.

  8. After 30+ plus years in IT, two things stick with me like no other. Don't use proprietary software or hardware. I could add one more – even the biggest companies who we believe won't go bust, can!

    RAID…. speed or redundancy. Regardless of hardware or software RAID, if said hardware (RAID card for example), or software fails, your gonna have your workload and stress levels increased!

    A year ago I had my first RAID card failure and was left (without spending a lot of money), with three drives I could not access. I thought there has to be a better simpler way of relying on software or hardware to protect (which is what I am interested in) data.

    My much simpler setup is a USB 3 hub (bus powered) 1 master 1TB drive (for my media workflow). For redundancy, I plug in a second 1TB drive and use GoodSync to sync the two drives (The Goodsync app is ON the drives). I rotate (weekly) my backup drive, with other 1TB's.

    If anything fails, I take my drives and plug them in any USB port on any PC/Mac/Linux and use either GoodSync, or good old copy/paste.

    Simple, no proprietary software needed (should my GoodSync go bad) and ultra portable.

  9. can you have a ssd with an hhd?

  10. Sorry, but Storage spaces in Windows 8 is absolute garbage. The performance is terrible, and actually gets worse as more drives are added. Whereas other OS' such as linux will give increased performance in RAID5 (which is essentially what Storage Spaces with parity actually is) Win8 will begin to grind after 3 drives, and become unusably slow at writing at 5 drives. I had exactly this setup on 2 servers – each with 5 x 4TB drives for storage, with 2x250GB SSDs for boot/OS. Write speeds for the RAID would drop to 5mb/sec, with drives on SATA3 interfaces. The exact same hardware under Linux performed almost 150 times faster (no that's not a typo).

    So please don't use this under Win8, unless you are on the server edition, where a different technology is used. It's just terrible. Do a search for "slow storage spaces performance" to see the general consensus. I'm amazed that even MS would release something so horribly flawed, to be honest.

  11. no drive balancing, no point in adding different sized disks. Better off with the like of drivepool if you have a mix of drives or plan on adding different sizes in the future

  12. So why not WD Red drives? They're basically identical to WD Green but with minor changes in behavior that are designed for RAID/Server-type applications

  13. I have ran into a problem, how am I to remove a hdd from storages spaces, without loosing data, since I have everything backed up, so loosing its not the problem, its putting everything back on. My setup is 7TB JBOD.

  14. I have just installed Server 2012 R2 Essentials to replace my WHS V1, is Storage Spaces reliable enough to use to replace Drive Extender?

  15. Actually, i think this is better than an actual hardware raid card, considering the raid card is a point of failure. If it fails, everything is gone. If windows dies, your motherboard, etc, it's still good. You can transfer this entire array to a new windows 8 OS, and it will still read it. As long as you have every drive in your "storage space", you're absolutely fine. Just my opinion though.

  16. Ur like the sham-wow guy for computers! 😀 Cool!

  17. Does this Win8 version tear through SSD read/write cycles like the WHS version did? I think it was you whose server SSD was killed in a year by all the balancing the server was doing behind the scenes.

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