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Virtual Disk Manager error

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  • I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 by creating a partition on my harddrive and installing the new OS in the new partitino and having a DUAL BOOT.

    The problem is, when I open the Computer Management ---> Disk Management ---> and right click on my main drive to shrink the volume, the Virtual Disk Management gives me an error message:

    "The service cannot be started, either because it has been disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it"

    I have no idea what this means,. can anyone help?

    My hardrive is 160 GB and Windows 7 is installed on all of it, there is not other partition on the main hard drive except for the Windows 7 installation.

    Thank you very much

    Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:07 PM

Answers

  • Do you by chance have the disk defragmenter service disabled?

    Computer management>services and Applications>services   then locate and ensure the Disk Defragmenter service is enabled.

    Without the disk defragmenter service you will be unable to shrink partitions however you can still extend them.

    Furthermore if the virtual disk service was disabled or not functioning you would not be able to access the disk management tab within the computer management console as the information is populated using the virtual disk service.


    Advanced User: IT Consultant
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Monday, October 18, 2010 6:16 AM
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:33 PM
  • Hi,

     

    You may start the Virtual Disk Service to test this issue:

     

    Verify the Virtual Disk service

    ============================

    1. Click "Start", type "services.msc" (without quotation marks) in the Search bar and press Enter.

     

    Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

     

    2. Right click the "Virtual Disk" service and choose Properties.

    3. On General tab click Start.

    4. Choose Automatic next to Startup type.

    5. Click OK.

     

    If the issue persists, please follow this link and see if it is any help to your issue:

     

    How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

     

    Regards,

     

    Sabrina


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights. |Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Monday, October 18, 2010 6:16 AM
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:20 AM

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  • Hi,

     

    You may start the Virtual Disk Service to test this issue:

     

    Verify the Virtual Disk service

    ============================

    1. Click "Start", type "services.msc" (without quotation marks) in the Search bar and press Enter.

     

    Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

     

    2. Right click the "Virtual Disk" service and choose Properties.

    3. On General tab click Start.

    4. Choose Automatic next to Startup type.

    5. Click OK.

     

    If the issue persists, please follow this link and see if it is any help to your issue:

     

    How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

     

    Regards,

     

    Sabrina


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights. |Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Monday, October 18, 2010 6:16 AM
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:20 AM
  • Do you by chance have the disk defragmenter service disabled?

    Computer management>services and Applications>services   then locate and ensure the Disk Defragmenter service is enabled.

    Without the disk defragmenter service you will be unable to shrink partitions however you can still extend them.

    Furthermore if the virtual disk service was disabled or not functioning you would not be able to access the disk management tab within the computer management console as the information is populated using the virtual disk service.


    Advanced User: IT Consultant
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Monday, October 18, 2010 6:16 AM
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:33 PM
  • Do you by chance have the disk defragmenter service disabled?

    Computer management>services and Applications>services   then locate and ensure the Disk Defragmenter service is enabled.

    Without the disk defragmenter service you will be unable to shrink partitions however you can still extend them.

    Furthermore if the virtual disk service was disabled or not functioning you would not be able to access the disk management tab within the computer management console as the information is populated using the virtual disk service.


    Advanced User: IT Consultant
    OMG Thank you!! this fixed my problem
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:54 AM
  • Do you by chance have the disk defragmenter service disabled?

    Computer management>services and Applications>services   then locate and ensure the Disk Defragmenter service is enabled.

    Without the disk defragmenter service you will be unable to shrink partitions however you can still extend them.

    Furthermore if the virtual disk service was disabled or not functioning you would not be able to access the disk management tab within the computer management console as the information is populated using the virtual disk service.


    Advanced User: IT Consultant

    Sorry to ressurect a 4+ year old thread but what if you're using an SSD? Win 7 by default disables defragsvc on an installation to SSD. I had vds service set to "manual" (all it's dependency services were started & running) & defragsvc disabled and got this error...

    Edit: Quick Google search gives the answer...

    http://www.sevenforums.com/performance-maintenance/79241-virtual-disk-manager.html#post1010878

    ...I found that there are no dependencies linking Disk defrag to volume shrinking with virtual disk service, according to technical documents, however I have found as in my first post that it is not possible to shrink a partition without disk defrag service enabled.

    My understanding after some research is that the issue is not related to service dependencies but rather hinges on the manner in which the virtual disk service relies on the disk defragmenter service to reallocate space reserved for meta data/virtual page file. While there could be no data in the end of the partition the last block is always reserved for meta data that for some reason can only be placed at the end of the drive and this section can only be moved by the built in ms defrag tool...

    • Edited by Union Thug Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:37 AM Answered my own "question"
    Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:23 AM
  • Thanks a lot. Issue has been resolved.
    Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:49 PM