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Sun, Feb 05, 2006 11:00 pm

Logical Disk Manager Not Responding

I removed an external 120 GB USB disk drive from a Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server (SBS) system. The drive in the external USB 2.0 enclosure was full and I replaced it with a new 200 GB drive I just purchased. I plugged the USB external drive enclosure back into the server. I then tried to create a partition on the drive. But when I chose Manage Computer and then selected Disk Management, I got the message below:

Logical Disk Manager

The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

When I tried diskpart from the command line, I got the message The disk management services could not complete the operation.

When I checked the Services on the system, I saw the following:

NameDescriptionStatusStartup Type
Logical Disk ManagerDetects and monitors new hard disk drives and sends disk volume information to Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service for configuration. If this service is stopped, dynamic disk status and configuration information may become out of date. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. StartedAutomatic
Logical Disk Manager Administrative ServiceConfigures hard disk drives and volumes. The service only runs for configuration processes and then stops. StoppedManual
Virtual Disk ServiceProvides software volume and hardware volume management service. StoppedManual

All of the above service states appear to be normal

The last entry I saw in the System Event Log is shown below:

Event Type:	Error
Event Source:	Service Control Manager
Event Category:	None
Event ID:	7000
Date:		2/5/2006
Time:		7:00:18 PM
User:		N/A
Computer:	S
Description:
The Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service service failed to start due to the following error: 
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion. 

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

I also saw the following entry appearing several times during the period I was trying to set up the new drive:

Event Type:	Error
Event Source:	Service Control Manager
Event Category:	None
Event ID:	7000
Date:		2/5/2006
Time:		7:13:02 PM
User:		N/A
Computer:	S
Description:
The Virtual Disk Service service failed to start due to the following error: 
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion. 

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

I stopped and started the Logical Disk Manager service, but still got the same results.

The system does not have Service Pack 1 installed. I see a lot of diskpart related fixes listed for Service Pack 1 at Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 as well as references to fixes for Logical Disk Manager problems.

I rebooted the system and the problem no longer existed afterwards.

References:

  1. You receive an error message when you use the Diskpart.exe command-line tool to perform storage management on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
    Only4Gurus
    Date: August 20, 2004
  2. You receive an error message when you use the Diskpart.exe command-line tool to perform storage management on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
    Microsoft Help and Support
    Date: August 20, 2004
  3. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 list of updates
    Microsoft Help and Support
    Date: February 3, 2006

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