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How to delete pool in Storage Spaces on Windows 10

Storage Spaces lets you delete a storage pool in at least two ways using Settings and Control Panel, and here's how on Windows 10.

Storage Spaces delete pool on Windows 10

If you use Storage Spaces, you can delete a storage pool at any time using the Settings app (on build 21286 or higher) and Control Panel.

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.

In this guide, you will learn how to delete a storage pool in Storage Spaces on Windows 10.

How to delete pool in Storage Spaces using Settings

To delete a storage pool with the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Storage.

  4. Under the “More storage settings” section, click the Manage Storage Spaces option.

    Settings manage storage spaces option
    Settings manage storage spaces option.
  5. Select the storage pool to delete.

  6. Select the storage space.

    Quick tip: If you do not see the storage spaces, click the collapse button on the right side.
  7. Click the Properties button.

    Storage space properties option
    Storage space properties option
  8. Click the Delete button.

    Storage space delete option
    Storage space delete option
  9. Click the Delete Space button.

  10. Repeat steps no. 6 through 9 to delete the remaining spaces (if applicable).

  11. Under the “Physical disks” section, select a drive in the pool.

    Quick tip: If you do not see the drives, click the collapse button on the right side.
  12. Click the Properties button.

    Storage pool disks properties option
    Storage pool disks properties option
  13. Click the Prepare for removal button.

    Physical disk prepare for removal option
    Physical disk prepare for removal option
  14. Click the Remove button.

    Storage pool delete process
    Storage pool delete process.
  15. Repeat steps no. 11 through 14 to remove the remaining drives.

Once you complete the steps, the storage pool will delete automatically from Storage Spaces.

How to delete pool in Storage Spaces using Control Panel

To delete a storage pool with Control Panel, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on System and Security.

  3. Click the Storage Spaces option.

    Storage Spaces Control Panel
    Storage Spaces Control Panel
  4. Click the Change settings button.

    Storage Spaces change settings
    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
    Control Panel delete storage space.
  7. Click the Delete storage space button.

    Confirm space deletion
    Confirm space deletion
  8. Repeat steps no. 6 and 7 to remove any remaining space.

  9. Click the Delete Pool option.

    Control Panel delete storage pool option
    Control Panel delete storage pool option.
  10. Click the Delete pool button to confirm.

    Storage Spaces confirm pool deletion
    Storage Spaces confirm pool deletion.

After 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.