How to move contents of Microsoft Windows 10 Home backup disk to a storages spaces volume?

medweb 1 Reputation point
2021-05-19T21:10:00.61+00:00

Currently Windows 10 Home Backup copies files to a USB disk that is filling up. I want to move its contents to a larger storage spaces volume. How can I make Window’s 10 backup recognize the files in the new storage spaces location? If I simply start using the new storage spaces the old versions and deleted files will be lost.

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  1. JiayaoZhu 3,911 Reputation points
    2021-05-20T05:48:46.187+00:00

    Hi,

    Based on your descriptions, I have some questions that would like to check if possible:

    1) "If I simply start using the new storage spaces the old versions and deleted files will be lost."

    ——Why you thought using a new storage space will erase your old files? When you create a new storage space, you should choose the drives you want to add in the space and that action will erase the contents in the chosen drives. But this erasion should have no relation to USB drive, unless you want to add the USB drive into the space. Please correct me if I analyze this issue in the wrong way.

    2) If my assumption in 1) is correct, can you try to backup the data in the USB disk before creating your storage space or just not to choose this USB drive into the space? Then, you can just tranfer the backup of your old files to your storage space.

    3) If your situation is not in the way that I guessed, please feel free to offer me nore details about this issue.

    Thanks for your understanding and support!

    Best regards
    Joan


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  2. JiayaoZhu 3,911 Reputation points
    2021-05-21T06:59:51.757+00:00

    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply!

    Based on your descriptions, I will suggest you to backup your USB disk first then create your storage space. Windows 10 can recognize your new location only if you configure your new storage space correctly. You can follow the guidance in your public document:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/storage-spaces-in-windows-10-b6c8b540-b8d8-fb8a-e7ab-4a75ba11f9f2

    When you create a new storage space, the USB drive that you choose to be involved will be erased, so you need to backup the contents in that drive first. After you create your storage space successfully, you can just transfer the backup data to your storage space.

    Thanks for your support!

    BR,
    Joan

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  3. JiayaoZhu 3,911 Reputation points
    2021-05-24T09:15:54.84+00:00

    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply!

    Based on your descriptions, your issue has been solved. Files are evenly distributed and you don't have to worry about that the original drive does not show on File Explorer or Disk Management. It should not. This is because you do not assign a drive letter to the drive while this drive is in a storage pool so it should not be assigned a drive letter. Here is an article which help you better understand this issue:

    https://appuals.com/fix-new-hard-drive-not-showing-up-in-disk-management/

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

    Thanks for your support! And I am glad to hear that you have solved your issue! Have a nice day! : )

    BR,
    Joan

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  4. JiayaoZhu 3,911 Reputation points
    2021-05-26T08:01:38.247+00:00

    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply!

    Based on your descriptions, it seems like you may need to extend virtual disk first. It is quite strange since the requirement for extending virtual disk only exist for Server version. Anyway, you can first run Get-StoragePool, write down its size and free space. Then run Get-VirtualDisk to see the size of your virtual disk in the pool. Then, follow the guidance in the article to resize your virtual disk (choose No storage tiers option):

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/storage-spaces/resize-volumes

    Thank you for your patience! I will keep working on this issue with my colleague and we will conduct further investigation for you.

    BR,
    Joan

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  5. JiayaoZhu 3,911 Reputation points
    2021-05-27T09:15:35.807+00:00

    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply!

    Based on your first screenshot, it seems that you need to expand your virtual disk while for the second one, it seems that somehow you cannot resize your disk successfully. There are many reasons that can cause this error while I cannot configure a similar environment on my computer to help you troubleshoot your issue. So, I suppose you may need in-depth investigation.

    Firstly, it is quite rare that Windows 10 requires expand virtual disk for completing creating a storage pool.

    Secondly, your second screenshot indicates that you may need further research on log analysis, which is beyond our forum scope. Besides, you may need real-time remote call to discuss this issue more directly.

    Above all, I would like to suggest you to contact Microsoft Customer Support and Services where more in-depth investigation can be done so that you would get a more satisfying explanation and solution to this issue. In addition, if the issue has been proved as system flaw, the consulting fee would be refund. You may find phone number for your region accordingly from the link below.

    Global Customer Service phone numbers:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13948/global-customer-service-phone-numbers

    Thanks for your support and understanding! Opening a case is the fastest way for your situation and it is much safer for your account. Because you may need to upload logs to us while this blog is open to the public so you may face information security if you upload logs onto this blog.

    BR,
    Joan

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