Storage spaces will change the way we use our physically connected drives in home or office environment. But unluckily, there isn’t any guarantee that they will work and/or not imminently fail. Allow me to describe this amazing Windows 8 feature in detail along with its benefits as well as drawbacks.
Storage spaces: Fully explained
Storage spaces concept is originated from one of Windows home server functionalities called ‘Drive Extender’, which is used to collectively pooling all of your physically connected hard drives to let them read as a single logical drive with combined space by your operating system. Recently, drive extender feature has been revoked by Microsoft but the same functionality carried forward to Windows 8 while saying it Storage Spaces.
The main idea behind Storage Spaces is to group multiple hard drives of any type & size i.e., Flash Drive, External Hard Drive, SATA/IDE etc. into a single logical unit and you are free to partition it, format it or store data on it. However, Windows can no longer use the virtualized disks separately. You can create as many multiple storage spaces as you want and operating system will fetch them as logical drives. Storage spaces offers you resiliency levels to keep your files safe from failure or damages. Resiliency is used to duplicate data onto multiple disks across the pool so if one disk fails you are still able to access the data of it by replacing failed disk with any other disk of same size or space and access the data slab created by the corresponding resiliency level.
There are mainly three level of data resiliencies in Storage spaces,
Two Way Mirroring – It requires at least 2 disks, one to save the original data