I am running Windows 8.1 with a Storage Space drive pool. Will it remain intact if I update to Windows 10/11?

DB1405 1 Reputation point
2022-09-23T15:07:21.3+00:00

My computer is currently on Windows 8.1 but I want to update to Windows 10/11.

On this computer I have a Windows Storage Space drive pool comprised of several drives to make like a raid array.

Is it safe to update Windows? Will anything happen to my Storage Space?

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  1. Wesley Li-MSFT 4,381 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2022-09-27T06:17:24.17+00:00

    Hi,

    Once you've created your storage space, you can use it on another computer. So, after we upgrade the system, it should still work.

    But to keep your storage space safe, it's always recommended to back up important data before making modifications to your machine.

    After you upgrade to Windows, we recommend that you upgrade your existing pools. With an upgraded pool, you can optimize drive usage and remove drives from pools without affecting the pool's protection from drive failure:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12438/windows-10-storage-spaces

    It suggests us to backup the data and re-create the storage space pool on Windows 10. According to knowledge, Windows 10 storage space adds a new feature "re-balance". It wasn`t included in previous system version. Here is a link for reference:
    Storage Spaces Optimize Pool (Applied to Windows 10)
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/storage/storage-spaces/storage-spaces-optimize-pool

    Best Regards

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