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When you use the Disk Management tool to assign a drive letter to a hard disk drive in Windows Server 2003, you receive the following error message:
When this problem occurs, the following Error event is logged in the System log:
The path cannot be used for creating a drive path likely because the folder does not exist or is already a drive path to some other volume.
Event source: VDS Basic Provider 1.0
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Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
This problem occurs if the Windows disk filter driver entry is missing from the registry. When the entry is missing, the PartMgr filter driver may not start. To resolve this problem, add the UpperFilters entry to the registry, make sure that the PartMgr driver is configured to start when the computer starts, and then restart the computer. To do this, follow these steps:
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Typically, device drivers are set to use a startup type of Boot or System. Typical Windows services are set to use a startup type of Automatic or Manual.
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Article ID: 939320 - Last Review: September 11, 2011 - Revision: 4.0