Using Storage Space To Make Data More Resilient On Windows 8

Windows 8 Storage Space is a feature which resembles physical or software RAIDs that many server admins have dealt with on a frequent basis.  Server admins employ RAIDS to make sure data won’t just disappear.  Of course, Storage Space isn’t Enterprise grade, therefore it might not be as reliable or effective as real RAIDs are.  Nonetheless, Storage Space is definitely useful and effective in home computing environment.  An example would be how a person could quickly combine mismatched hard drives (i.e., different sizes and types) together through the usage of Storage Space.  The plus side for using Storage Space is that his or her data will even become more resilient than otherwise.

How would Storage Space work?  Basically, Storage Space feature within Windows 8 allows you to create Storage Pools.  From a Storage Pool, you get to create almost limitless amount of Storage Space.  What had I spewed?  No sweat!  Just imagine a Storage Pool as a computer configuration of multiple hard drives, and it’s indeed just that!  Nonetheless, a Storage Pool alone is rather useless, because it’s only representing a pool of combined hard drives.  You need to create as least one Storage Space out of a Storage Pool to make the Storage Pool useful.  In the context of Storage Space, just imagine it as a virtual disk space or virtual hard drive or virtual storage space.  The important point to keep in mind about Storage Space is that it’s being virtual!

By being virtual, Storage Space is free of physical limitation which many physical RAID configurations are facing.  I think software RAID configurations can pretty much be as flexible as Storage Space.   So, in this way a computer user can use Storage Space feature within Windows 8 to create any size virtual hard drive (Storage Space) from a limited configuration of Storage Pool.  Why Storage Pool is a limited configuration?  When a Windows 8 user creates Storage Space that is much larger than its Storage Pool, there is a possibility that such a Storage Space will overfill the physical configuration of its Storage Pool.  When this happens, Windows 8 will complain that a user must add more physical or network drives to a Storage Pool so there will be more real physical disk space to support the overfilled Storage Pool.

By knowing the differences between the Storage Pool and Storage Space, Windows 8 users can freely add however many and however large Storage Spaces into a Storage Pool quick and easy.  With Windows 8 Storage Space, I can see Windows 8 users will find their data to be rather resilient than usual.  I made a video on Windows 8 Storage Space, and you can watch it right after the break.  This video will go deeper into what I’d written here.  Enjoy!!!

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