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Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies by Woody Leonhard

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Chapter 4: Storing in Storage Spaces

In This Chapter

arrow.png Virtualizing Storage Spaces

arrow.png Setting up Storage Spaces

arrow.png 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 8.

If you’re using Drobo, ReadyNAS, or some other expensive network attached storage device for file mirroring, you can toss your old hardware. Windows 8 handles it all as part of the operating system itself.

In this chapter, I introduce you to the Windows 8 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 know to make Storages Spaces work for you. Using Storage Spaces for backup is quick and easy, and it works.

Understanding the “Virtualization” of Storage

You’re going to get sick of the term virtualization sooner or later. People who want to sell you stuff use the term all the time. But if you’ll pinch your nose and wade through the offal, there’s a solid core of real-world good stuff ...

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