Microsoft previews options around mass storage in Windows 8

by ZimTommy on January 9, 2012 · 5 comments

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A few months ago we heard the first preliminary news about Microsoft introducing Disk Pooling in the upcoming Windows Server 8. Microsoft have now posted an article on their Building Windows 8 blog that gives me some hope and confidence that they are seriously looking at making some sort of “Drive Extender” functionality available in the upcoming Windows 8 platform.  And with the assumption that any future incarnation of WHS might be based on Windows 8 this gets me rather excited….

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My Home Storage Pool

Steve Sinofsky starts off the post and includes the following comment…

Many of us have been using Windows Home Server Drive Extender and have been hoping for an approach architected more closely as part of NTFS and integrated with Windows more directly. In building the Windows 8 storage improvements, we set out to do just that and developed Storage Spaces.

It’s a pretty lengthy blog post with some great detail so head on over when you have some spare time to check it out here!

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Hi there, I'm Tommy and I've been messing around with PCs and electronics since before I can remember. I had been running my own WHS "frankenserver" for a good few years before I picked up an ex490 on super special after HP has discontinued them and that's, in turn, how I found this little community of fellow enthusiasts.


Jason January 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

To bad we are going to have to wait for Windows 9 for Windows 8 to work properly.

Brajesh January 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

The new storage pool sounds quite good actually. May finally be able to retire my WHS v1.

teq January 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled when I originally heard about this new Windows 8 feature, but after looking at the details in the blog post, I am pretty excited: This is what I would have liked to see in WHS 2011!

Let’s hope this turns out as good in the final release as it currently sounds…


Dominic January 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I look forward to seeing this written up on this site. I use unraid for my media storage needs and this seems to be closing in. Still missing a few things important to me but need to see it myself to be sure.

Matthew Sawyer January 12, 2012 at 7:37 am

Seeing this makes me wonder if Microsoft actually WAS listening to their angry users when they killed DE. Will Storage Spaces be the silver bullet, or is it too little, too late?

In reading through the comments, it looks like BitLocker will be supported and integrated with Storage Spaces. Availability of BitLocker (or lack thereof) is a critical requirement for me. No BitLocker means no Storage Spaces.

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