Windows 10: What happens to my Storage Spaces array if I upgrade the motherboard?

Discus and support What happens to my Storage Spaces array if I upgrade the motherboard? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Currently running a home media server on Win 10 with six physical drives in a Storage Spaces array. Everything's fine. But the hardware is getting... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by RoadHazard, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. What happens to my Storage Spaces array if I upgrade the motherboard?


    Currently running a home media server on Win 10 with six physical drives in a Storage Spaces array. Everything's fine.

    But the hardware is getting old, so I'd like to replace the motherboard (including CPU, DRAM, etc.) with slightly newer hardware.

    My question is, will this bork my Storage Spaces array? Or can I simply swap the mobo and plug the drives into the new motherboard SATA ports and everything will magically work? Does the the drive-to-SATA assignment have to be the same (i.e., physical drive #1 goes to SATA port A, drive #2 to SATA B, and so on)? Or is this not doable at all?

    Any guidance greatly appreciated.

    (Win 10 Pro Version 2004 (OS Build 19041.685)

    :)
     
    RoadHazard, Dec 29, 2020
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  2. HairyFool Win User

    Storage spaces and broken motherboard

    When Windows creates the storage space drive it applies a signature to the drives to identify the type. So the storage space array should pick up in a new system. I say should because there have been some issues where it is read only due to hardware incompatibilities.

    What is less likely is the original O/S drive working. In the 1st place there could be problems with drivers for the new motherboard which would prevent the system booting.

    2nd If the computer came with Windows 8 it could be an OEM license which is not transferable to another computer. This includes replacing the motherboard. In addition the key may have been integrated into the motherboard. When you upgrade Windows 8 to Windows
    10 it would have taken on the terms of the original O/S so if 8 was OEM terms then so is 10.
     
    HairyFool, Dec 29, 2020
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  3. Storage Spaces - How to upgrade motherboard/CPU/RAM

    I want to upgrade my 6 year old Motherboard/CPU/RAM/etc but I have 32TB (4 separate 8TB mechanical drives) setup in full backup in a Storage Space using Windows 10. How do make sure I don't lose all my data when I upgrade the Motherboard/CPU/etc? These
    are precious family videos, pictures etc. Can I just unplug the 4 different 8TB mechanical drives, then do the upgrade of the Motherboard/CPU/etc, then plug the 4 different 8TB mechanical drives back in? Is Windows 10 setup to recognize the pre-existing
    storage space? PLEASE HELP! My system is getting so slow b/c of the old components!!!!!

    Thank you!
     
    MarcWaggles, Dec 29, 2020
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  4. What happens to my Storage Spaces array if I upgrade the motherboard?

    Storage Spaces - removal of disk in Simple array

    I have a simple array set up in Storage Spaces that consists of 5 hard drives: four are 3TB and one is 2TB. I want to replace that 2TB with a larger drive, but it has 40.1 % of the disk being used (according to the Storage Spaces manager). I clicked "Remove" in the Storage Spaces Management screen, but the drive says "Preparing for removal". I tried optimizing the Storage Spaces to see if it would move the data to other drives, but it has not. Keep in mind I have 12.7TB total with only 6.54TB being used. I have plenty of space for this drive's data to be reallocated to other drives.

    Is this possible? Or does having a Simple Array just pretty much make it impossible to replace disks?
     
    bigtoeknee, Dec 29, 2020
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