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Virtual Disk Service Error The Object Is Not Found? - FIX IT

The Windows Virtual Disk Service is a system service in the Windows operating system that operates in the background, facilitating various disk storage management tasks. This service enables users to execute a range of disk management functions, including extending partitions, cleaning disks, formatting disks, and other similar operations.

However, when attempting to extend or delete a partition on your hard drive, you might encounter a "Virtual Disk Service Error" notification. This error often arises from insufficient available space on the drive you are working with. Therefore, creating more free space on the drive may be necessary to proceed. It's important to note, though, that this error could also be caused by other factors.

What Causes “Virtual Disk Service Error: The Object is Not Found?”

The virtual disk service (VDS) is a built-in Windows OS service that manages storage configurations. It acts as the API for utility tools like Disk Management, Device Manager, and the like to run and be accessible via CMD. Although the VDS is currently obsolete since 2018 and has been replaced by the Storage Management API, it is still active on systems running pre-2018 versions of Windows OS.

The VDS error message is most likely due to disk-related issues like failures, bad sectors, insufficient space, and corruption. In rare cases, the issue could be with the VDS itself. Either way, there are a number of ways to fix the problem. Hereunder are the possible causes of VDS errors and how to fix them.

How to Fix “Virtual Disk Service Error The Object Is Not Found” on Windows

These alternative ways to get around the virtual disk service error message have been tried by most people and it worked for them. Try them out one after another.

1. Use an Alternative to Create Partitions

Since you’re unable to create a new partition using Windows utility tools, you could try using a third-party application that allows for partition management. There are quite a number of partition management software programs out there, however, you should be careful which one you download and install on your system.

It is advisable to install partition recovery programs from notable developers with high reputations and positive user reviews online. Using third-party tools, you can manage all your partitions from one single interface and this could help you bypass the virtual disk service error prompts.

2. Check If the Disk Is Offline

Maybe the disk you’re trying to create a partition on is currently offline – so, you should check the status of your disks via the Command Prompt or Disk Management to confirm they are active.

  • Press Windows Key + R and enter this command: diskmgmt.msc
  • Right-click on the drive/disk and check if you’ll see “offline” in the menu. Click on the offline option to set it offline, then wait for a couple of minutes, then turn it back online.
  • Check back and see if the error persists; if it continues, right-click on the disk again and select “Initialize Disk.”

3. Restart the VDS Service

You can restart the VDS process and check if the error persists. This can be done through the services page. After you restart the service, reboot the computer system and try creating a new partition again.

  • Press Windows Key + R and enter this command: services.msc
  • This will launch the services page where you can search for the Virtual Disk service option
  • When you find it, right-click on the option and click on “Restart.”
  • This should fix the problem for you, but if it doesn’t, check other options below.

4. Run the CHKDSK Command

The Check Disk (CHKDSK) utility is a built-in Windows command-line utility that helps you to check and fix disk errors. It is a free tool and it doesn’t require any third-party installations to run the utility. However, since this is a command-line utility, you need to have admin access on the system before you can run it successfully.

  • Right-click on the Start/Windows and select command prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
  • Run this command: chkdsk /f /r
  • This command will run a check on your primary hard drive and attempt to “Fix” and “Repair” any detected issues with the drive.
  • The check disk scan may take time to run depending on the size of the disk and the number of errors it needs to fix.

5. Run the Rescan Command to Refresh the Object

The rescan command has helped quite a number of Windows OS users fix the VDS error situation. This command goes along with the DiskPart utility – all accessible from the CMD terminal. To run this command, you should be an Admin user on the PC. If you’re using a guest account to log in to the PC, you will need to log out and log in again using the admin account.

  • Right-click on the Start/Windows and select command prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin)
  • Run the DiskPart command: Diskpart
  • When the DiskPart utility launches, enter this code and hit Enter again: Rescan
  • The next command to run is “List Disk,” then select the exact disk you need to check using “Select disk X.” Remember to replace “X” with the exact drive letter of the disk you need to rescan.
  • Wait for the disk to be selected, then run these commands one after another:
    • clean
    • create partition primary
    • format fs=ntfs quick

if the formatting goes well, you can reassign a drive letter to the drive, using this command: assign letter = X


Getting the “Virtual Disk Service Error: The Object Is Not Found” message? The various tips shared here can help you get around the situation. If you tampered with your drive/partition files during the fixes, you can recover them using the DiskInternals Partition Recovery software. This software supports all known file systems and it can recover all kinds of data formats. Moreover, learn how to fix Diskpart clean is not allowed on the disk issue!

Finally, you should always create backups to keep your important files safe so that in the case of data loss, you can have a safe haven to fall back to. DiskInternals Partition Recovery lets you create backups in the form of “Disk Images” for free, and you can create them as frequently as needed.

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