Will Storage Space drive data remain when OEM/retail Win8 is installed?(18 posts)
The video states that one should not save to any drive unless it is NTFS format, thats a problem for me at the moment. My secondary drive(s) are using the Win8 Storage Space, and if I save to that and The fresh install of Win8 I purchase ends up wiping the Storage SPace Drives this will be an exercise in futility. I will explore other options or check other USB drives to see if any are formatted NTFS...
Perhaps I did not articulate sufficiently, the drive that is FAT32 is a USB drive. My dilemma is wondering if the Win8 Release Preview's enabled "storage space drive" (that is, 2 drives combined as one that is separate from the OS drive) will be wiped when I install the retail Win8 in a few weeks...or will the shared storage space (actually 2 drives combined in a RAID-like fashion) remain and become part of the new install. Asking about back-up options at first, I was worried that the shared space drive would get wiped. So I want to try to back-up the shared space drive to an external drive. All of the external drives I have are FAT32 (and all of them have legacy files of large size), and there was a warning about Macrium back-ups not being able to be restored from FAT32 drives.... perhaps I am pack-ratting old data and I should just bite it and reformat an old USB drive in NTFS and come clean, so to speak
There is a good answer here What happens with Windows 8 Storage Spaces if I reinstall Windows? Apparently you could take the drives and connect them to another Windows 8 computer and they will work, so you should be able to connect them to a new install as well.
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