Friday, January 16, 2009

Disk Management hangs while "Connecting to Virtual Disk Service..."

Today I got an external 1TB  drive (made by Western Digital). I needed it to back up my system periodically. When I tried to change partition and file system to NTFS from FAT 32 I ran into a problem. In Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management snap-in panel hanged on "Connecting to Virtual Disk Service..."

After wasting some time searching for answers on the Internet, I decided to run Computer Management as Administrator... Duh... I should have done it right away. So Disk Management snap-in panel opened up fine and I was able to configure partitions on my external hard drive.

In order to run as Administrator right click on the program icon and select "Run as administrator".


Have a good new year.

This problem was conformant to ISolvable interface ;)


  1. This makes sense but if I choose that option, nothing happens! How else can I start this service (as administrator)?

  2. You may try to hold Shift key and do right-click.
    You may also try to login as administrator first and then right-click.

  3. I'm having the same problem, and have yet to find a resolution... Tried all the steps here but nothing works. I've even gone as far as using elevated permissions on the command line. Still nothing... HELP!