Disk Management Virtual Disk Manager Error

Fix for the Disk Management Virtual Disk Manager Error

“Virtual Disk Manager: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.”

If you’re using any of the Microsoft’s Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 operating systems and you’re encountering this error when you try to partition your newly-installed hard drive or shrink a volume, you need not to worry. There’s a simple solution.

Particularly users who utilize their SSD drives as their system disk encounter this error, which is caused by the manual deactivation of the Disk Defragmenter service or automatic deactivation of the same service through some software developed by SSD drive manufacturers, such as Samsung Magician. This is done because, well, you don’t have actual fragmentation in SSD drives, because of their non-mechanical structure and defragmentation can do essentially more harm than good to your SSD in terms of lifespan.

When this happened to me, I’ve roamed the internet back and forth and tried dozens of different time-taking “solutions”, all of which lead to no avail. I wanted to share this knowledge with everyone when I found out the solution is so simple, partly because regardless of how computer-literate you are and how much you examine the services needed for and related to the Virtual Disk Management service -such as RPC services-, you can’t tell if the issue is caused by the infamous Disk Defragmenter service or not.
So here’s the solution:

1. Open your Start Menu and type “Services”, and click on the Services shortcut. You can access the same panel by using the keyboard shortcut “Windows+R” and then typing “services.msc” as well.2. You should be looking at a list of services Windows provides. Look for the “Disk Defragmenter” service there. If this is the cause of your problem, you’ll see that it’s “Disabled”.

Services Window
3a. Double-click the “Disk Defragmenter” service (or right-click and select “Properties”) and change the “Startup Type” to “Manual”, click “OK” and then restart your computer.

3b. If you’re still having the same error, open the “Services” panel, right-click on the “Disk Defragmenter” service and click “Start”, and wait for the service to start.4. Congratulations, you won’t be seeing this error when using the Disk Management service from now on.

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