Windows Server 2012 R2. 25 low cost disks and one SSD. OS is installed on the SSD, and the low cost disks are configured as a storage pool (with a couple of hot spares).

The SSD has failed. Through testing I have determined that attaching a new SSD and re-installing the OS makes the storage pool available again (automatically), but NOT the volume (and consequently the data contained therein).

Question: Is it at all possible to attach/mount/bring online that volume, and gain access to the data? Or is a full restore from backup required?

  • In effect your moving the storage pool and storage spaces to a new server so the guide for that should apply: blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/12/24/… – Brian Jun 19 '15 at 2:11
  • Hi, this is exactly what I was looking for and has worked perfectly. Please post your comment as an answer and I'll mark it as accepted. Thanks! – Matt Jun 19 '15 at 4:27

Since you are in effect moving the storage pool and its storage spaces to a new server a TechNet article titled "Windows Server 2012: How to Import a Storage Pool on Another Server" should apply. A summary of the steps:

  1. Make the disks available to the server,
  2. Make the storage pool read-write.
  3. Attach the virtual disk.
  4. Online the resulting logical disk(s).
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