Here is how to use Microsoft Storage Spaces safely
In this article you will find out:
- how to work with Microsoft Storage Spaces
- how to protect your data
Are you ready? Let's read!
About Storage Spaces
Most data centers and servers use both hard drives and solid-state drives to store important data. After several years of operation, 10% of hard drives fail. Therefore, organizations must be aware of this threat and provide redundancy for their data. This can be achieved using Storage Spaces capabilities such as RAID.
You can group three or more drives into one unified storage pool. You will have additional copies of your data and any failures of one disk will not damage your data. It should be noted that Storage Spaces are supported on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2016.
How to use
First, you need to have three disks before proceeding. One of them is the boot disk and the other two disks can be internal or external, incl. and SSD.
So, to create disk spaces in Windows 10, add the selected disks. Enter Storage Spaces in the search field and select the option you want, then click the Create a new pool and storage space button. Now select the drives you want and click on Create New Storage Pool. Enter the drive name, letter, and layout, now select the mirroring option and set the maximum size of the disk spaces. Finally, click on "Create Disk Space". You should upgrade your pools after upgrading to Windows 10.
If the storage is on a single standalone server, it becomes more difficult to configure. You must have one or more storage pools for easy storage management. You can create multiple virtual disks from a storage pool that Windows recognizes as traditional disks. You can create a virtual disk through the File and Storage Services interface. You should choose thin provisioning or fixed provisioning, there are several additional levels of customization you can use with PowerShell commands that are not available in the GUI.
Using Storage on each node in the cluster is more cost-effective than NAS and SAN arrays. Storage Spaces technology works in conjunction with tiered storage, RDMA networking, caching, erase coding. You can also use NVMe drives for better performance.
To deploy the local disk space should do the following:
- We are becoming the operating system, add the appropriate domain accounts, and install any necessary functions.
- Configure the network as needed.
- Clean up disks and partitions, create clusters, configure a witness server, enable Storage Spaces Direct, and deploy the required virtual machines.
Windows storage spaces and RAID have their own advantages and limitations. For example:
- RAID can be either software or hardware. Windows Storage Spaces is a software component that supports provisioning through a graphical interface or command line.
- RAID drives are a single unit, which necessarily results in wasted space. Disk Spaces are separate disks, independent of each other.
- When it comes to performance, the hardware array will be the most efficient.
- From a financial point of view, disk space can be much more profitable, since it does not require large equipment costs.
Make sure your high disk data is safe!
To protect your data in the array, feel free to use DiskInternals RAID Recovery. It recovers files from damaged RAID 0, RAID 1, 1 + 0, 1E, RAID 4, RAID 5, 50, 5EE, 5R, RAID 6, RAID 60, and JBOD, it is also possible to recover folders and files from a motherboard with RAID support from Intel, NVidia and VIA. The success rate of RAID data recovery is over 96% based on DiskInternals' 15 years of experience in this area.
Be sure to use this guide to step by step using DiskInternals RAID Recovery. Note: OS must be Windows 7, 8, 8.1,10, Vista, or Windows Server 2003-2019.
So, go to the site of the DiskInternals RAID Recovery program and click on the "Download" button. Then just install it on your computer and open it - be sure to use the Wizard; he will be your assistant until the end of the recovery process.
Select an array to search for data and click Next; the next step - scanning: full recovery, quick, or superficial recovery.
After that, you will see all the files found and have access to them exclusively for reading. That is, having looked at all the necessary data, you should be tempted to restore it and export it to a new reliable device. And this can be done by purchasing a license for the application and, as the owner of the application, taking additional actions, for example, exporting the recovered files.
As you can see, no experience or knowledge is required to manage the application, so feel free to install it!
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