I have Release Preview and activated 2 drives (separate from OS) as a Win8 storage space. Can anyone tell me if the data I save there will remain if I later install Win8 once it is truly released?
Will Storage Space drive data remain when OEM/retail Win8 is installed?(18 posts)
Good point Xhi. When I enabled the feature it warned that all data on the drives was going to get reformatted. Just thought someone might have more info of the Space persistence once drives are configured as such.
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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