Disk Management is not loading in Windows 10 [FULL FIX]

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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The Disk Management tool provides handy options for disk, file systems, and volumes. However, sometimes you might get an “Unable to Connect to Virtual Disk Service” or “Disk Management could not start Virtual Disk Service (VDS) on …” error.

Then the Disk Management tool doesn’t open. If you can’t open the Disk Management window, this is how you can fix the system utility in Windows 10.

What are the most common Disk Management issues on PC?

Disk Management is a useful tool that allows you to manage drives on your PC. However, certain issues can sometimes occur, such as:

  • Disk Management takes a long time to load – If Disk Management takes a long time to load, the issue might be caused by your hardware. To fix the problem, be sure to check if your hard drive is working properly.
  • Disk Management stuck on loading disk configuration – According to users, Disk Management can become stuck while loading disk configuration. If you encounter this issue, be sure to disconnect any unnecessary USB devices from your PC and check if that helps.
  • Windows 10 Disk Management not working – Sometimes Disk Management won’t work due to file corruption. If your system files are corrupted, you might have to run DISM or SFC scan to repair them.
  • Disk Management not initialized, showing anything, opening, loading Windows 7, 8 – There are various problems that can appear with Disk Management, and sometimes these issues can affect older versions of Windows. Even if you don’t use Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions to the older versions of Windows.
  • Disk Management could not start VDS – This issue can occur if the required services aren’t running. To fix the problem, be sure that VDS service is enabled on your PC.

What can I do if Disk Management not working in Windows 10?

Solution 1 – Fixing Disk Management From Services Window

  1. First, open the Services window in windows by pressing the Win key + R. Enter ‘services.msc’ into Run’s text box to open the window in the shot directly below.
    Disk Management takes a long time to load
  2. Next, scroll to Remote Access Connection Manager and double-click it.
    Windows 10 Disk Management not working
  3. Click the Startup type drop-down menu and select Disabled. Press the Apply and OK buttons at the bottom of the window.
    Disk Management takes a long time to load
  4. Now double-click Remote Access Auto Connection Manager in Services window.
  5. Select Disabled from its Startup type drop-down menu. Then click the Apply and OK buttons as before.
  6. Scroll to the Virtual Disk and double-click it to open the window in the snapshot below.
    Disk Management stuck on loading disk configuration
  7. Click the Startup type drop-down menu and select either Manual or Automatic from there. Then you should press Apply and OK to confirm the new settings.
    Disk Management could not start VDS
  8. Now restart Windows and open the Disk Management tool.

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Solution 2 – Run the System File Checker

Scannow, or System File Checker, is a handy tool that can fix Windows system files. So this might also come in handy for fixing the Disk Management utility. You can run sfc /scannow scans as follows:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open Win + X menu. Now select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list. If Command Prompt isn’t available, you can use PowerShell (Admin) instead.
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  2. Enter sfc /scannow into the Command Prompt and press the Return key. Now the System File Checker will scan your system.
    Disk Management takes a long time to load
  3. When the scan is done, any issues found and fixed are then noted in the Command Prompt. Restart Windows if the System File Checker repairs some files.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look at this guide.

scannow command has stopped before the process finished? Don’t worry, we’ve got an easy fix for you.

If SFC scan doesn’t solve your issue, you might want to try performing a DISM scan. To do that, just do the following:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter.
    Disk Management could not start VDS

DISM scan will now start. Keep in mind that DISM scan can take up to 20 minutes or more to complete so don’t interrupt it. Once the scan is finished, check if the problem still persists.

If you were unable to perform SFC scan before, try running it after the DISM scan. Once the SFC scan is finished, the corrupted files will be repaired and the issue should be resolved.

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Solution 3 – Check your hardware

Sometimes Disk Management won’t be able to start if there’s an issue with your hardware. To check if everything is in order, be sure that your hard drive is properly connected to your PC.

In addition to your hard drive, several users reported that the issue can occur due to your card reader.

If the pins on the card reader are bent, you might experience issues with Disk Management. In case there’s a problem with your card reader, you might need to take your PC to the repair center in order to solve the problem.

Solution 4 – Disconnect unnecessary devices

According to users, issues with Disk Management can occur due to other USB devices attached to your PC. If you have external hard drive or USB flash drive connected, be sure to disconnect them before trying to start Disk Management.

In some rare cases, your phone can cause this issue to appear. If your phone is connected to your PC, be sure to disconnect it and try to start Disk Management again.

Solution 5 – Make sure that Cyberlink Virtual Drive is running

This solution applies to you only if you have Cyberlink software on your PC. According to users, they were unable to start Disk Management because Cyberlink Virtual Drive wasn’t running.

To fix the problem, check your services and make sure that Cyberlink Virtual Drive is enabled and running.

Once you enable it, the problem should be permanently resolved.

Solution 6 – Consider using third-party tools

If Disk Management isn’t loading on your PC, you might want to consider using a third-party tool instead.

Disk Management is a convenient tool since it comes with Windows, but if you can’t start it, you might want to consider using Mini Tool Partition Wizard or Paragon Partition Manager.

Unlike Disk Management, these tools offer some advanced features, but they aren’t too complicated to use, so if you can’t run Disk Management at all, you might give one of these applications a try.

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Solution 7 – Use diskpart

If you’re an advanced user and comfortable with using the command line, you might want to try using diskpart.

Diskpart offers the same features as Disk Management, but it runs in command line environment, so it might not be as user-friendly as Disk Management.

In case you’re not familiar with this tool, we advise you to read a tutorial or two and learn its syntax in order to use it.

Diskpart is more complex than Disk Management, and since it doesn’t have a graphical environment, you can sometimes make irreversible changes to your PC by accident.

In order to avoid any problems and file loss, be sure to be extra cautious and read a tutorial or two on how to properly use diskpart.

Solution 8 – Keep your system up to date

Sometimes issues with Disk Management can occur due to certain bugs. If that’s the case, the best course of action would be to ensure that your PC is up to date with system updates.

These updates often bring new features and bug fixes, so it’s advised to keep your PC up to date.

By default, Windows 10 automatically downloads the updates in the background, but due to certain glitches, you might miss an update or two. However, you can check for updates manually by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Once the Settings app opens, navigate to Update & Security section.
    Disk Management stuck on loading disk configuration
  3. Now click Check for updates button. If any updates are available, they will be downloaded in the background.
    Windows 10 Disk Management not working

Once the updates are downloaded, restart your PC in order to install the updates. After updating your system, check if the problem still persists.

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Solution 9 – Create a new user account

If Disk Management won’t load on your PC, the issue might be a corrupted user profile. To fix the problem, it’s advised to create a new profile by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and navigate to Accounts section.
    Disk Management not opening
  2. Now select Family & other people from the menu on the left. In the right pane select Add someone else to this PC.
    Disk Management could not start VDS
  3. Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
    Disk Management takes a long time to load
  4. Now select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
    Disk Management stuck on loading disk configuration
  5. Enter the desired username and click Next.
    Windows 10 Disk Management not working

After creating a new account, switch to it and check if that solves the problem. If the issue doesn’t appear on the new account, you need to move your files to the new account and use it instead of your old account.

Windows won’t let you add a new user account? Follow some easy steps and create or add how many accounts you want!

So those are a couple of ways you can fix the Disk Management utility in Windows if it’s not opening.

Aside from that, you could also try restoring Windows to an earlier date when you could open the Disk Management utility with the System Restore tool.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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