Disk Management console shows all the disk or devices that you have connected to your system. But, what if this Disk Management console stops refreshing and shows up newer devices or latest storage stats? This can be quite problematic, given this is a native console application on Windows.
1. Close all the opened apps and then restart your computer. Once the system reboots, Disk Management tools do the same.
Check if this works.
Fix 1 – Check whether AutoMount feature is enabled
Sometimes, if you have plugged in a new device and it isn’t showing up in Disk Management, maybe the AutoMount feature is disabled.
Step 1 – Use the Start Menu and start to write “diskpart“.
Step 2 – When you see “Diskpart“, right-click it and tap “Run as administrator“.
Step 3 – Type the automount code in there and hit Enter.
If it shows this message –
Automatic mounting of new volumes enabled.
Then, then go for the next fix to troubleshoot the issue.
But, if you see this alternative message, go to the next step.
Automatic mounting of new volumes disabled.
Step 4 – Type this command and hit Enter to enable the automount feature on your computer.
Restart the system after closing the terminal. Access the Disk Management tool and test it.
Fix 2 – Uninstall the disk drivers
You should uninstall the default disk drivers from the Device Manager to fix the issue.
Step 1 – Right-click the Start button and tap “Device Manager” to open it up directly.
Step 2 – Expand the “Disk Drives” when the Device Manager opens up.
Step 3 – If you have multiple disks, you will see them all.
Step 4 – Right-click the disk drive and tap “Uninstall device“.
Step 5 – Further, click “Uninstall” another time to uninstall the disk drive from your computer.
What you need to do is to restart the computer. Open the Disk Management to check whether it is has refreshed or not.
Check if this works.
Fix 3 – Assign a volume label using diskpart
Probably the volume is missing a volume label, which is why it isn’t appearing in Disk Management.
Step 1 – Write down “diskpart” in the search box.
Step 2 – Then, right-click “Diskpart” and then, click “Run as administrator” to open it with Diskpart with administrative rights.
Step 3 – After opening Diskpart, execute these two codes and hit Enter to list the volume.
Now, notice which volume you can’t see in Disk Management. You will see that is has no volume label attached to it. Note the number beside the volume.
Step 4 – Execute this command to select the particular volume.
select volume num
NOTE – Replace the “num” with the actual number of the volume that you have noted before. So, if the volume number is 4, the command will be –
select volume 4
Step 5 – Finally, copy-paste the command, modify it, and hit Enter to assign a volume label to it.
assign letter X
[ NOTE – X is the volume label we have assigned. You can choose another letter if you want. But, you have to make sure that the same label isn’t assigned to any other drives. ]
Once you have assigned it, this message will appear –
DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
Close the Diskpart window after this.
Now, sometimes it may require a restart but it isn’t in this necessary in this case. So, open the Disk Management tool and check again.
It will be updated with the newly assigned volume.