With the Windows 11/10 feature called Storage Spaces, PC users can group two or more drives together in a storage pool and then use the increased capacity from that pool to create virtual drives called storage spaces, which can be accessed in File Explorer and can be used like any other drive on the computer. In this post, we will show you how to delete a Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 11/10.
Delete a Storage Pool for Storage Spaces
You must be signed in as an administrator to delete a storage pool. Keep in mind, that you must delete all storage spaces from a storage pool before you will be able to delete the storage pool – and when you delete a storage pool, all added physical disks in the pool will be removed, and the disks will be shown as unallocated in Disk Management tool.
1] Using Settings app
To delete a Storage Pool for Storage Spaces via Settings app in Windows 10, do the following:
- Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Tap or click System.
- Click/tap on Storage on the left pane.
- Next, scroll down and click/tap on the Manage Storage Spaces link on the right pane.
- Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog box, type control and hit Enter to open Control Panel.
- From the top right corner of the window, set the View by option to Large icons or Small icons.
- Click Storage Spaces.
- Click the Change settings button, click on Yes if prompted by UAC.
- Click on the Delete pool link for the storage pool you want to delete.
- Click on the Delete pool button to confirm. The storage pool will now be deleted.
- Exit Control Panel.
2] Using PowerShell
To delete a Storage Pool for Storage Spaces via PowerShell in Windows 10, do the following:
- Press Windows key + X to open Power User Menu.
- Tap A on the keyboard to launch PowerShell in admin/elevated mode.
- In the PowerShell console, type in the command below and hit Enter:
- Make note of the friendly name of the storage pool you want to delete.
- Now, type the command below into the elevated PowerShell window and hit Enter. Substitute the <Name> placeholder with the actual friendly name of the storage pool you made a note of from the output previously.
Remove-StoragePool -FriendlyName "<Name>"
- When prompted in PowerShell, tap Y on your keyboard and hit Enter to confirm.
- Exit PowerShell when done.
That’s it on the two ways to delete a Storage Pool for Storage Spaces in Windows 10!
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