The Removable Storage Service Hangs on Startup

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After you install Windows 2000, the following error message may be displayed in the System Event log:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7022
Description: The Removable Storage service hung on starting.
The %SystemRoot%\System32\NtmsData folder that is created by Removable Storage Manager (RSM) may not present on your computer. Additionally, one of the following registry keys (or one of its entries) may be missing or damaged:
Enum, Config, Parameters and Security keys.
Initialized key.

If you attempted to start the Removable Storage service manually, you may receive an error with code 1053.


The Removable Storage service may not have been completely installed during Windows 2000 Setup, or registry damage occurred since the last reboot.


To resolve this issue:
  1. Locate the %Systemroot%\INF\Rsm.inf file.
  2. Right-click the Rsm.inf file, and then click Install.
  3. Create an new, empty folder (named Ntmsdata) in the %Systemroot%\System32 folder, and then restart your computer.
If a system state backup is available, you can restore the system hive from backup, and not use the preceding manual steps:
235032 Problems with a Damaged Removable Storage Manager Database


After installing Removable Storage Manager by using the Rsm.inf file, the following registry keys are recreated:
This installation process for RSM also registers the Ntmssvc.dll, Ntmsmgr.dll, and Ntmsevt.dll file on the next reboot when the RunOnce registry key is parsed.


Article ID: 316500 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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