Use the Disk Management tool to easily create a Windows 11 Mirror Volume
Compared to other computer components, hard drives are more prone to malfunctions, which could make your files unrecoverable, and this is a severe issue for many Windows users. A brilliant way to avoid this problem is by learning how to create a Windows 11 mirror volume.
Drive mirroring works by automatically making copies of the data which is stored on your drive. This ensures that you constantly have access to a real-time replica of your data. So, in cases where your drive is faulty, you can easily still access a copy of your original file.
This guide will walk you through some steps to successfully create a Windows 11 mirror volume.
1. Make use of Disk Management
The Disk Management tool is an in-built graphical user interface (GUI) that allows you to manage your computer’s disks and partitions, and with this tool, you can easily create a mirror volume for Windows 11 by following the steps below.
- Hold the Windows + X keys simultaneously, and choose Disk Management.
- Look for the primary disk, right-click on it, and select Add Mirror.
- Pick a secondary disk from the dialog box and ensure that the disk is unallocated.
- Adhere to the steps displayed on the screen to establish a mirrored volume on Windows. Use the same settings as you used for the source disk since formatting the mirror drive may be necessary.
2. Make use of the command line tool
The command line tool lets you interact with your computer’s operating system or other software by entering text commands. It is a text-based command-line interface (CLI) and can also create a Windows 11 mirror volume. Check out the linked article for solutions if you have issues with your command line tool.
- Hold Windows + X together and select Windows Terminal (Admin).
- Input the command below and hit Enter.
- Next, run the second command below.
- Select the disk you want to mirror (in this example, we will use 0 and 1).
select disk 0
- Use the command below to convert the basic disk to a dynamic disk
- Use steps 4 and 5 for disk 1 also.
- Next, use the command below to create a mirror volume on your preferred disk.
create volume mirror disk=1
- Now run this next command to add the second disk to the mirror.
- After running this command, close diskpart and reboot your computer system.
3. Use the storage space feature
Windows has a Storage Spaces feature enables you to aggregate many physical disks into a single logical storage pool. In addition to providing your computer with additional storage overall, this can also be utilized to build a more resilient storage system that guards against data loss due to disk failure.
- Open your Settings app by pressing Windows + I simultaneously.
- Go to Storage.
- Choose Storage Spaces.
- Now select Create a storage pool and Storage Space, give the New storage pool a name, pick the two drives you want to use, and click the Create button.
- Set the name of your mirror, set resiliency to Two-way mirror, and click Create.
- Now, set the name of the Label, specify the Drive Letter, set the File System as NTFS, and select Format.
- After completing this process, the new drive will display on your PC.
Wrapping things up
To avoid permanently losing your important files and documents, we recommend creating a Windows 11 Mirror Volume, and this guide has pointed out three effective ways to achieve this. Ensure to follow this guide to get the desired result carefully.