Windows Storage Spaces

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R-Drive Image supports Windows Storage Spaces created by Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10/Threshold 2/Anniversary update. Storage pools and spaces is a new storage technology, first introduced in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, that allows the user to combine various (not always similar) hard drives into a kind of a RAID or compound volume. First, the hard drives are combined into a storage pool, then several storage spaces with striping (similar to RAID0), mirroring (similar to RAID1), and parity (similar to RAID5) can be created in that storage pool. You may read more about storage pools and spaces in the Microsoft's Storage Spaces: FAQ.

When drives from a storage pool are connected to a Windows computer, it automatically detects them and assembles storage spaces accordingly.

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Windows storage spaces

Storage pools and spaces can be managed using the Storage Spaces item in the Control Panel.

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Windows storage spaces

R-Drive Image can image Windows Storage Spaces and then restore data to them with some restrictions.

Windows Storage Space Imaging

R-Drive Image displays both Windows Storage Spaces and their parents on the Partition Selection panel.

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Windows storage spaces

When you select a certain Windows Storage Space, R-Drive Image also shows its respective parents.

Data Restore from an Image of a Windows Storage Space

You may restore data from an image of a Windows Storage Space with the limitations described in the Support for Various Disk Partition Schemes and File Systems section.

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Windows storage spaces

Please, note that R-Drive Image can restore data only to fixed-provisional Windows Storage Spaces if the Windows version doesn't support Windows Storage Spaces. The startup version of R-Drive Image can restore data only to fixed-provisional Windows Storage Spaces, too. You may read more about thin-provisioned or fixed Windows Storage Spaces in Microsoft's Storage Spaces Overview.