Storage Drive Issue

Martin 1 Reputation point
2021-02-18T13:12:57.587+00:00

Hi, I recently built a new pc with the following drives attached,

C - 500mb m.2 (boot)
D - 1tb SSD (main use)
E - 4tb HDD (storage)

Almost every time I boot my pc explorer opens up my E drive and all my desktop shortcuts to that drive are blank white squares (mostly Steam apps), I can rectify this by going to the default apps settings but its annoying doing it every time. Its almost like it discovers it as a new drive every time I startup.

I also have noticed this -

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I am not sure if this is the cause of the problem and do not know why it thinks I have 2 physical 4tb drives, I only have 1 but cannot remove the other from storage spaces as it says I will lose all data on it. Also I named my E drive as Backup but occasionally Windows changes this to Raid so I have to rename it again but this is rare.
I built an almost identical pc for my son at the same time and he has the exact same issue, I've looked online for a solution but have not been able to find anything so any help would be greatly appreciated.

NB - Might be worth mentioning that both E drives were transfered from our old pc's including the data if that makes any difference.

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  1. AliceYang-MSFT 2,076 Reputation points
    2021-02-19T09:55:41.633+00:00

    Hi,

    Here are some solutions we can try:

    1. sfc /scannow
      search for cmd and run as administrator
      type sfc /scannow then press Enter
      This command will scan and fix corrupted system files. If everything is OK, we will see "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."

    2.chkdsk
    search for cmd and run as administrator
    type chkdsk /drive letter (followed by a colon)
    If the disk is OK, we will see "Windows has scanned the file system and found no problems."

    Please note, it's not recommended to close the window before the command is completed.

    "Drive or storage space issues; check the Physical drives and Storage spaces sections" is one of typical storage spaces warnings and error messages. We can also try solutions provided in the article.

    Please note: Information posted in the given link is hosted by a third party. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy and effectiveness of information.

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  2. AliceYang-MSFT 2,076 Reputation points
    2021-02-26T06:31:29.557+00:00

    Hi,

    Apologies for my delayed response.

    As you've mentioned, Windows set up storage space automatically. I think this is a misbehavior of system and we are sorry for the inconvenience brought to you. I haven't found related articles about storage space turnning itself on on the Internt so it might be hard to figure out the root cause and the way to avoid it. It might be a one-time error and seldom happens.

    Before we go on, please use Get-PhysicalDisk to check health status of the drives. They should be healthy.
    72289-get-physical-disk.png

    After reading documentations about storage space, I agree that the issue is with storage space. If we take a look at storage spaces, it’s two-way mirror. Two-way mirror requires at least two drives. If storage space is created properly, D and E are physical drives and storage space should be a logical drive named F or other letters. For more information, please see
    Storage Spaces in Windows 10
    Storage Spaces explained: a great feature, when it works

    Sorry that I haven’t found a good way to solve this issue. The only solution comes up to me is to back up D drive, remove it from storage pool then delete storage pool.

    If you’d like to, please open a case in Microsoft Support for Business or call Microsoft. Support engineers there have more resources and might have a solution for this. Sorry again for the trouble our product brought to you.
    Microsoft Support for Business
    Global Customer Service phone numbers

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