Updated on April 10th, 2017
This page discusses Windows error “The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date”, covering symptoms, causes and solutions. You might receive this error while assigning drive letter, formatting volume, etc. in Disk Management. Do not be stressed by this problem, try solutions here to get rid of it.
Disk Management console view is not up-to-date
This error does not occur to only one operation that performed in Disk Management and it seems that the error happens following no rules. Operations like create new partition, add new drive letter, shrink partition, access USB flash drive, etc. might encounter this problem. For example, in Disk Management, you delete a volume successfully using “Delete Volume” function. Then you attempt to recreate a new one choosing “New Simple Volume”. Disk Management gives no responding and finally reports error message as follows:
Here is a real case found from forum:
“The error ‘The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer.’appears when I use Disk Management to add a drive letter to USB sticks in Windows 7.
I don’t know why it is happening. When I add a drive to my PC, it doesn’t automatically assign drive letter. So I try to add drive letter by myself. However, when I connected the drive to SATA, I can see it in Windows Disk Management. Right click the partition and select ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths’, I can’t add or change drive letter. It’s weird that there is no such issue on my USB disks. Can anyone here tell me why this error is happening and how to fix it?”
Methods to fix “Disk Management console view is not up-to-date” error
Solution 1: Re-install the volume
- Open Device Manager. Press Win + R keys to open Run box where you should enter devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
- Click View menu and select “Show Hidden Devices”. Then you can find Storage Volumes in the following directory tree.
- Under Storage volumes, you can see a volume called Unknown device. Right click on it and choose “Uninstall”. If you are prompted to give confirmation, click OK.
- You may ask to restart computer, go ahead and open device manager again. Click Action from menu and choose “Scan for Hardware Changes”
Solution 2: Assign drive letter using Diskpart.exe command
- Run command prompt. Click Start button and enter cmd into search box, and then right-click cmd from the result list to select “Run as administrator”.
- Enter diskpart and press Enter, and continue entering list volume and hitting Enter. View and remember the number next to the drive you want to assign drive letter.
- Type select volume 4 and press Enter to tell diskpart which drive you want to make changes. The drive number is 4 in this example and you should replace it with the actual volume number on your computer. Then you can see a message in command prompt: Volume 4 is the selected volume.
- Input assign letter=G and press Enter. G is the drive letter and you can substitute G with other letter you want to use.
Solution 3: Assign drive letter with free partition manager
PartitionGuru Free is a free partition manager that can help users complete basic & advanced partition operations as well as data recovery tasks, for instance, format partition, assign / change drive letter, resize partition, convert partition table style, view S.M.A.R.T. information, recover deleted files, restore lost partitions, etc. Download and install PartitionGuru Free and you can follow this guide to add, remove, assign or change drive letter and path.
- Launch PartitionGuru and you can see all volumes on your computer.
- Find and right-click the partition you need to add drive letter and select “Assign New Drive Letter”. If you want to delete current drive letter, then choose “Remove Drive Letter”.
- Select a letter for the partition and click OK button.
Solution 4: Retrieve data from corrupted partition and format partition
Most often, the reason behind the issue is that the partition is corrupted or inaccessible. System cannot assign drive letter, change partition size for damaged partition, nor format a partition that contains bad sectors. If you cannot open the volume in Windows Explorer or Disk Management, you should retrieve data first and try formatting it to fix partition error. PartitionGuru provides data recovery features which can perform partition recovery and file recovery. Let’s start recovering.
Step 1: Launch PartitionGuru and view files in the inaccessible partition. Sometimes, it is able to display files in corrupted or RAW partition directly without scanning volume.
If the partition gives error message “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable”, you can use “Load Current Partition Intelligently” feature to list files directly. This function can be found in “Tools” menu.
Step 3: Preview files to check file quality. File preview is offered to help you judge whether files are recoverable with high quality.