This article published by MiniTool team focuses on error 0x00000032 appearing when you deal with Windows Storage Pool service. It provides 4 possible solutions that have helped many other users and one of them probably works for you!

About Error 0x00000032

You may encounter the error 0x00000032 while trying to add a drive to your Windows Storage Pool. The complete error message is as below.

Can’t add drives
Check the drive connections, and then try again.
The request is not supported.
(0x00000032)

You may come across similar errors with the same error code like Can’t create the pool when you try to create a new storage pool. Or, you may encounter another similar error saying “can’t prepare drives. Close all applications that are accessing the drive, and then try again. The system cannot find the file specified. (0x00000002)”

A storage pool is a group of drives that make up the Windows Storage Spaces to protect data from drive failure. Conceptually, it is similar to RAID, but implemented in software. Storage pool saves extra copies of your data so if one of your drives fails, you still have an intact copy of your data. If you run low on capacity, just add more drives to the storage pool.

However, you may come across the above error when you try to add a disk to your storage pool. The most possible reason is that the drive is not “clean”. To be available for storage spaces, the disk shouldn’t have any volume or partition on it and better be a raw drive.

So, how to solve the storage pool creation error code 0x00000032? Continue to read!

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Solution 1. Reset Faulty Disk with PowerShell (Saved Many Users)

In most situations, resetting a faulty disk does help to re-attach the fixed disk. The following Reset-PhysicalDisk cmdlet resets the status of a physical disk. For storage spaces, it is a destructive operation that removes the storage pool configuration and pool data from the specified physical disk.

If you run Reset-PhysicalDisk on a physical disk that appears as lost communication or split, it attempts to re-integrate the disk into the storage pool if the target disk is discoverable. After resetting the disk, use Repair-VirtualDisk to recover its resiliency.

If you run Reset-PhysicalDisk on a disk that isn’t a part of a storage pool, it will clear any lingering storage space data and metadata on the disk.

Note: If you have important data on the disk you are going to reset, you’d better move them out or make a backup of them before resetting.

Step 1. Open command prompt (CMD) as administrator. Search CMD in Windows Search, right-click on the best result, and select Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type powershell and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

Step 3. Type this command and press Enter to get the list of your disks with names and IDs:

Get-PhysicalDisk | ft FriendlyName, SerialNumber, UniqueId -auto

get disks’ FriendlyNames and UniqueIds

Step 4. Reset the problematic disk by its FriendlyName or UniqueId. Below are examples for reset the first hard drive by its FriendlyName and UniqueId respectively. You just need to choose one command order to reset your bad disk with your disk name or ID.

Reset-PhysicalDisk -FriendlyName "WDC WD5000AAKX-08U6AA0"

Reset-PhysicalDisk -UniqueId "50014E2E0C679D36"

If there is another disk that shares the same FriendlyName as the target disk, you have to use the UniqueId to do the reset. Or, you can, first of all, rename your disks in Storage Spaces, and then reset the target disk using its FriendlyName.

Tip: You may need to reboot to complete the reset task to get rid of the error 0x00000032.

Step 5. Try to add the target drive to your storage spaces again (re-attach the disk).

If there are more than one bad disks that need resetting, you can rely on the below command to reset them all in one time.

$BadDisks = Get-Physicaldisk | Where-Object -FilterScript {$_.HealthStatus -Eq "Unhealthy"}

Foreach ($BadDisk in $BadDisks)

{

  Reset-PhysicalDisk -UniqueId $BadDisk.UniqueId

}

Solution 2. Restart Computer

If you receive error 0x00000032, no matter you are trying to add extra drives or create a new storage pool, you may get your problem solved by restarting your machine. There may be some background apps that are using the storage pool or the disk you are trying to add. Therefore, it prevents you from adding more drives to the storage pool or adding the disk to a storage pool.

Solution 3. Unformat Target Disk

Just as said above, unformatting the target drive may be another way to deal with the 0x00000032 error. The guide to delete target disk partitions and unformat it is as below.

Go to Disk Management, right-click on one partition on the target disk and select Delete Volume. If there are multiple partitions on the target disk, just repeat the process. Or, you can delete all partitions at one time using a professional program called MiniTool Partition Wizard. Just download it to try freely.

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Solution 4. Add a New Drive in Safe Mode

If your target disk is a new drive, you can try to add it into your current Storage Pool in computer safe mode. The guide is as below and it is based on Windows 10/11 operating system (OS).

Step 1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.

Step 2. In the right area, under Advanced startup, click Restart now button.

select restart now button

Step 3. Then, your computer will restart to the Choose an option screen. There, just choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. You may be required to provide the BitLocker recovery key.

startup settings

Step 4. When your machine restarts up, it will offer a list of options. Just select 4 or press F4 to start in Safe Mode. If you need to access the network, you should select 5 or press F5 to start in Safe Mode with networking.

Windows startup settings

Step 5. Finally, try to add the new disk into your storage pool in the Safe Mode.

Some other ways might help you to handle the error 0x00000032, such as cleaning the target drive with Diskpart, reinitializing the target disk, adding drives to the storage pool with PowerShell, factory reset Windows, etc. For different situations, the methods are unlike. So, no solution is almighty. You may need to try all possible solutions one by one until you solve your issue.

Windows Storage Pool Alternative

Usually, people create a storage pool to build storage spaces for saving mirror data. With files stored in storage pools, even if one drive fails, the files are still safe and available from other drives. Thus, data loss is reduced greatly.

If you can’t create a storage pool or can’t add more drives to the current storage pool with error code 0x00000032, luckily, there is another way to prevent crucial data from losing – creating backups. As for making a backup of important data, a professional and reliable program is necessary like MiniTool ShadowMaker, which allows you to back up files/folders, systems, partitions/volumes, and hard drives even with a schedule.

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With at least one backup, once the original files are damaged or lost, you can restore them immediately with the tool.

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