How to delete Storage Spaces pool on Windows 10

If you no longer need a storage pool, you can use these steps to delete it on Windows 10.

Windows 10 delete storage pool
Windows 10 delete storage pool

If you use Storage Spaces, you can delete a storage pool at any time using Control Panel or PowerShell, and in this guide, you will learn how.

On Windows 10, Storage Spaces is a feature that has been around for a long time, and you can use it to protect your data from hardware failure by combining two or more drives into a pool, which you can then use to create spaces (volumes) to store data. 

If you have previously created a pool and space and no longer need it, Windows 10 includes at least two ways to delete a pool that removes the spaces and any data on them.

This guide will teach you how to delete a storage pool in Storage Spaces on Windows 10.

Delete Storage Spaces pool on Windows 10

To delete a storage pool from Control Panel on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on System and Security.

  3. Click the Storage Spaces option.

    Storage Spaces Control Panel

  4. Click the Change settings button.

    Storage Spaces change settings

  5. Select and expand the storage pool to delete.

  6. Under the Storage spaces section, click the Delete button to remove the space.

    Control Panel delete storage space

  7. Click the Delete storage space button.

    Confirm space deletion

  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to remove any remaining space.

  9. Click the Delete Pool option.

    Control Panel delete storage pool option

  10. Click the Delete pool button to confirm.

    Storage Spaces confirm pool deletion

Once you complete the steps, the storage space will be deleted along with the data, the drives will be removed from the pool, and the pool will no longer be available on the device.

Delete Storage Spaces pool from PowerShell

To delete a storage pool from PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to view the storage pools available on Windows 10 and press Enter:

    Get-StoragePool
  4. Type the following command to view the virtual disk in the storage pool and press Enter:

    $stpool = (Get-StoragePool -FriendlyName "Storage pool") 
    Get-VirtualDisk -StoragePool $stpool

    In the command, change “Storage pool” to the name of your pool.

    PowerShell remove virtual disk from pool

  5. Type the following command to remote the virtual disk from the pool and press Enter:

    Remove-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName "Storage space"

    In the command, change “Storage space” to the name of your space.

  6. Press Y and enter to continue.

  7. Type the following command to delete the storage pool with PowerShell and press Enter:

    Remove-StoragePool -FriendlyName "Storage pool"

    PowerShell remove storage pool

  8. Press Y and enter to continue.

After you complete the steps, the storage pool will no longer be available on Windows 10.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.