On Windows 11 build 25324 (Canary Channel), you can enable an early preview of a new experience to create Dev Drives with the ReFS file system.
Microsoft is experimenting with a new feature that allows you to create drives using the Resilient File System (ReFS). The feature is currently hidden on build 25324 and was first spotted by @PhantomOfEarth on Twitter. Once enabled, you will find a new “Dev Drives” entry in the “For developers” page that takes you to the “Disks & volumes” page, where you can create a Dev Drive with ReFS.
If you want to get hands-on with the new feature, you can use a third-party tool called “ViveTool,” created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas on GitHub, to enable the option on your computer.
This guide will teach you the steps to turn on this new feature on Windows 11.
Enable new ReFS Dev Drive creation settings on Windows 11
To enable the new settings to create drives with ReFS on Windows 11, use these steps:
Download the ViveTool-vx.x.x.zip file to enable the Dev Drive creation settings.
Double-click the zip folder to open it with File Explorer.
Click the Extract all button.
Click the Extract button.
Copy the path to the folder.
Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and press Enter:
In the command, remember to change the path to the folder with your path.
Type the following command to enable the new settings to create drives with ReFS and press Enter:
vivetool /enable /id:42866187
Restart the computer.
Once you complete the steps, on the “For developers” page, you will find new “Dev Drives” settings to access the “Disks & volumes” pages to create a new Dev Drive with ReFS.
If you change your mind, you can revert the changes with the same instructions, but on step 10, make sure to use the
vivetool /disable /id:42866187 command and then restart the computer.
Update April 10, 2023: The feature appears to be working in the latest preview of Windows 11 available through the Canary Channel. If you want to create a drive using this feature, you have to make the equal or larger than 50GB.