Chapter 4

Storing in Storage Spaces

In This Chapter

arrow Virtualizing Storage Spaces

arrow Setting up Storage Spaces

arrow Care and feeding of Storage Spaces

For people who want to make sure that they never suffer a data loss — in spite of dying hard drives or backup routines that don’t run properly — the Windows Storage Spaces feature may, in and of itself, justify buying, installing, and using Windows 10.

If you’re using Drobo, ReadyNAS, or some other, expensive, network-attached storage device for file mirroring, you can toss your old hardware. Windows 10 handles it all as part of the operating system itself.

Some people prefer to back up to the cloud, but even if you do stick backups on the Internet, you’ll feel a whole lot better knowing that the data you have here on earth is not going to disappear if a hard drive spins its last. On the other hand, if all your data is in the cloud, all the time, you don’t need to worry about local drives failing, and you can give this chapter a pass.

In this chapter, I introduce you to the Windows 10 approach to drive virtualization and how it enables Storage Space to work. Then you walk through setting up Storage Spaces and the tips and tricks you need to ...

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