“Storage Spaces” is a new Windows 8 feature, it’s a RAID-like feature that allows disk pooling. If you intend to use this feature, here’s how you can create a shortcut to the storage spaces feature

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Combine Drives via Storage Spaces

The advantage: Storage spaces can combine several different types of hard drives into one, be ith USB, SATA or SCSI

As mentioned, Storage Spaces is a new feature in Windows 8 that allows users and administrators to add different physical drives to a single logical drive. You can create a storage pool by using two or more drives and you can set up more than one storage space that will be considered as a logical drive by the operating system. The storage pool has two types of attributes, the mirrored attribute and the parity attribute.

  • The mirrored attribute ensures that a copy of a file in the pool is stored in at least two physical drives.
  • The parity attribute has a high input-output overhead. So, this type of attribute is used for large sequential files and less frequently used files.

The Storage space is a logical drive, yet it can be partitioned and formatted as a physical drive. The following tutorial will help you to learn how to create a Storage Spaces Shortcut in Windows 8


Instructions to create a “Storage Spaces” shortcut

1. Step Right Click in an empty area on the Desktop-> Go to New-> Select Shortcut.

Create Shortcut

2. Step In the Create Shortcut Dialogue box type the following command %WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{F942C606-0914-47AB-BE56-1321B8035096}-> Click Next to continue.

Shortcut Command for Storage

3. Step Now name the Shortcut as Storage Spaces-> Click Finish.

Rename Shortcut As Storage Spaces

4. Step The shortcut is created. Select the Shortcut icon-> Right click and go to Properties.

Properties of Storage Spaces

5. Step Now in the Properties Window select Change Icon.

Change Icon of Storage Space

6. Step Select an icon and Click OK-> Now click Apply in the Properties Window-> Click OK.

Select Icon

7. Step Your Storage Spaces Shortcut is now on the desktop and looks pretty neat! Handy!

Storage Icon