System Remove Drive from Storage Pool of Storage Spaces in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to remove a drive from an existing Storage Pool in Windows 11.

Storage Spaces helps protect your data from drive failures and extend storage over time as you add drives to your PC. You can use Storage Spaces to group two or more drives together in a storage pool and then use capacity from that pool to create virtual drives called storage spaces. These storage spaces typically store two copies of your data so if one of your drives fails, you still have an intact copy of your data. If you run low on capacity, just add more drives to the storage pool.

If you created a storage pool in Windows or upgraded an existing pool, you'll be able to remove a drive from it. The data stored on that drive will be moved to other drives in the pool, and you'll be free to use the drive for something else.


You must be signed in as an administrator to remove a drive from a storage pool.

Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Storage on the right side. (see screenshot below)


3 Click/tap on Advanced storage settings to expand it open, and click/tap on Storage Spaces. (see screenshot below)


4 Click/tap on the Storage Pool name (ex: "Storage Pool") you want to remove a drive from. (see screenshot below)


5 Under Physical Disks, click/tap on the Properties button of the disk drive you want to remove from this Storage Pool. (see screenshot below)


6 Click/tap on the Prepare for removal button. (see screenshots below)

Leave your PC plugged in until the drive is ready to be removed. This could take several hours, depending on how much data you have stored there.


7 When the disk is ready to be removed from this Storage Pool, click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)


8 You can now close Settings if you like.

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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