System requirements and hardware preparations

Regardless of the Storage Spaces failure type you will need:

  • A lot of free disk space. You need at least as much as there was data on the Storage Spaces pool.
  • A lot of SATA ports. You need at least as many as there were disks in the pool. In the worst case you can use USB, but should be aware that it will be significantly slower and somewhat less reliable.
  • Internet connection. Part of the analysis is done on the server so a PC running ReclaiMe Storage Spaces Recovery must have a connection to the Internet.
  • Plenty of memory. The exact requirements depend on the recovery type.

With the increasing complexity of recovery, the system requirements rise as well. For any type of Storage Spaces failure it will be better to use 64-bit (x64) Windows rather than 32-bit (x86) Windows.

Case I - Slightly damaged database

In this case ReclaiMe Storage Spaces Recovery displays the spaces as Good or Readable. You can then save such a space to the appropriate image file using options of the Save config button or launch ReclaiMe File Recovery software - click the Recover files button - to perform file-by-file recovery on the space.

Saving disk image files

You need as much free disk capacity as the advertised size of the space.

File-by-file recovery

If you launch ReclaiMe File Recovery to retrieve files and documents from the space, system requirements are quite typical: dual core CPU and at least 4 GB RAM.

Case II - Finding lost drive identifiers

The Find drives procedure requires at least 128 MB RAM per each drive of the pool. Additionally, in some cases the speed of the analysis is proportional to the number of cores; anyway, the overall speed shouldn't be too slow even if you have just two cores. However, you probably should not launch the Find drives procedure on a laptop.

Case III - Reconstructing a totally damaged Storage Spaces database

In this case you need at least (2 + N/2) GB RAM for N drives in the failed pool. Additionally, the optimal core/disk ratio is one CPU core for every two or three drives from the pool. Practically, however, you don't need more than eight CPU cores.

You also need free disk space of about 3-5 GB per each drive of the pool to store the saved-state files of ReclaiMe Storage Spaces Recovery software.


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