How to Fix Disk Management Not Loading in Windows

Disk Management is a useful built-in Windows utility. You can access it in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, etc. This tool allows you to easily set up a new drive, create and delete a volume, extend a volume, shrink a partition, change a drive letter, format a partition, etc. With it, you can manage your disk better.



What if Disk Management isn’t working as expected?  When users access Disk Management in Windows 10, they get a message: Unable to connect to Virtual Disk Service.

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If they access Disk Management in Windows 7, they may get a message like”Connecting to Virtual Disk Service” or “Loading disk configuration information”. If you also encounter such errors, you could not open the Disk Management.

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These error messages prevent you from opening the Disk Management. If you have also encountered such errors, please read on to get solutions.

How You Can Fix Error: “Unable to Connect to Virtual Disk Service”

1. Check External Storage Devices

If you are facing Disk Management not loading error, you can first remove or eject external storage devices one by one to identify the problematic device. Some users have solved this problem in this way.

The problematic device may be a USB drive, a card reader, an external hard drive, or a phone. The possible reason is that the external storage device is incompatible with Disk Management.

Besides, in order to solve this problem radically, I suggest that you should update Universal Serial Bus controllers after removing devices.

2. Enable Virtual Disk Services Manually

Another possible reason for disk Management, not loading may be that the Virtual Disk Service is disabled. If so, you can restart it manually through the following steps:

Step 1:Open Windows Services Manager.

Step 2:Find Virtual Disk service and double-click itto open this service.

Step 3:Choose Automatic or Manual for the Startup type. Then, click OK to save changes.

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Then, you can try starting Disk Management to see whether the problem is solved.

3. Disable or Configure Windows Defender

After reading several posts on forums, I find that some user has solved this problem by disabling Windows Defender. Therefore, you can also try this method. Please disable Windows Defender through the following steps:

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Defender Antivirus.

Step 2: Highlight Windows Defender Antivirus and double click Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus.

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Step 3: Check Enabled and then click on Apply and then on OK to save changes. Then, restart your computer to make the changes go into effect.

Please note that the error “Unable to connect to Virtual Disk Service” may also occur if the remote computer doesn’t support VDS or you can’t establish a connection to the remote computer because it is locked by Windows Firewall. If so, you need to set the Firewall.

4. Run SFC and DISM

If system files that control Virtual Disk Service are corrupted, then Disk Management could be stuck at connecting Virtual Disk Service. In this case, you can try the SFC or DISM command. Please refer to the following steps:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt window and run it as an administrator.

Step 2: Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter key. Then, wait until the procedure ends.

If SFC command fails to fix this problem, you can try DISM command by entering the following command lines:

  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

If you want to know more solutions or the detailed steps, please read the original post: Disk Management Unable to Connect to Virtual Disk Service.

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