serivces.exe - no disk

January 19, 2011 at 16:46:45
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz. 2.80GHz,4.88MB of RAM
The box message "there is no disk in the drive.please insert a disk into drive\device\harddisk\DR3." is always in my desktop and cannot be remove. there was 3 buttons in the box message - cancel,try again and continue. what is the problem (cause) & how to solve the problem (to remove the message)?

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January 19, 2011 at 21:45:17
I assume you made a typo.

Your message probably was

"xxx: services.exe - no disk
There is no disk in drive. Please insert a disk into drive \device\harddisk1\dr3"

where xxx is probably a number

I looked on the web and found many mentions of
*. exe - no disk
There is no disk in drive. Please insert a disk into drive \device\harddisk*\dr* "

where the *.exe can be various file names and the * in harddisk* and dr* can be various numbers,

but most of if not all of the the threads had no solution.

What they often had in them was whether the error occurred every time they boot the computer, or it only occurred when they did certain things or in certain situations .

When did this error first occur ?
After you did something ?
or - after some software was installed ?

Is the file name always services.exe or does it vary ?

Does it occur
- every time you boot the computer ?
- only when you are in your internet browser ?
- only when you have some device data can be stored on plugged into a USB port ?
- only when you have a memory card plugged in ?

Several people said the message goes away when you click on the button many times, but I'm not sure whether they meant Cancel, Try again, or Continue - I would think it would be Continue - then they didn't get the message again until after the computer was restarted

Do you have a zip drive on the computer ?
If so, try RIGHT clicking on it and Disable it in Device Manager.

You could try unplugging everything data can be stored on that is plugged into USB or Firewire ports or memory card ports.

You could try downloading and installing Autoruns, and disabling things one by one that run automatically that are not standard Microsoft programs.

Autoruns for Windows v10.06


This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys.

Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system

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January 20, 2011 at 14:14:31
'serivces.exe' is not a typo as I am having the same issue. I can only assume that it is a virus. If you pull up task manager you will note that both services.exe (valid) and serivces.exe (virus) are running. I recommend running an anti-virus in order to remove the process and all infected files.

If I run into any more issues with this, I will let you know.

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January 20, 2011 at 20:12:06
Ok, then if serivces.exe is NOT a typo, then it's definitely a sign of malware.

NOTE - if you have anti-malware software installed on your computer that has one or more resident modules, you should NOT run the resident module(s) of more than one anti-malware program at the same time because they are likely to interfere with each other.
If you install any of the anti-malware products listed here, only THAT program's resident module(s) should be running, if that applies - in most cases it does - or - un-install all but but the one anti-malware program.

NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software (including other anti-malware programs) and in that case the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibilty, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's 's settings in Windows. In Norton (Symantec) products, there may be several things you need to disable, or set so they don't load for a specific short amount of time.
If you don't know how to do that, tell me/us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).

I searched using: serivces.exe
with Yahoo - it auto lists both "hits" for serivces.exe and services.exe - you can click on the link at the top that lists only ones for serivces.exe , then there are far fewer "hits" for services.exe.


Discovered: 2008 Jul 24 (apparently it's been around that long)
Claims to get rid of it but the program is not free.
Evaluation (trial) version of their cheapest product:
$39.95 3 PCs one year.

Drivemonitor.exe flashguard.exe driveguard.exe
all are same..variants of Win32.Worm.Autoit.AL

This claims to get rid of it, and there is an evaluation period.

What does an evaluation time mean?

You can use RegRun for 30 days to test its functionality and reliability. After that you must order RegRun or uninstall it.

What does RegRun do with my computer after evaluation time expire?

Nothing. Your computer is safe. RegRun only warns you that you forgot to purchase it. That's all!

There are a few "hits" that list a manual removal procedure, but it's extremely complicated.

NOTE that this malware is associated with removable drives !

Plug in your removable drives and have the anti-malware software clean them too ! e.g. after you have cleaned the computer, plug them in one at a time and scan them.

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January 21, 2011 at 16:06:11

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January 21, 2011 at 16:29:50

I found that too, but it appears it applies only to specific situation.

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January 21, 2011 at 17:17:48
Your right Tubesandwires, had it on my database, forgot to read it first.

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March 16, 2011 at 14:22:43
Hi Guys,

I have a similar problem (no disk in drive message) and Ive tried most solutions on the net, and they are not working for me.

Recently, my external harddrive which is 1TB in capacity, stopped showing all my files on it when I plugged it in. It was as if my files of about over 400GB vanished, only a few files of 1KB or so were visible.

When I checked the properties, it showed me the correct capacity I had on my external harddrive, only problem was I couldnt view my files. I recently took it to a hardware expert and he said its probably a hardware problem.

What am driving at is that one of the folders on my harddrive is called "TV series".

The Title bar of the error message I see is called "TV series.exe -No Disk" and the error message is "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive\Device\harddisk1\DR33"

I tried going to Disk Management to change the drive name and path, but its not possible and right now my external Harddrive has gone for repairs.

Do I need to get it back b4 I can change the drive name? Im really confused as this error message is quite annoying.

Please HELP!Somebody!

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March 16, 2011 at 17:04:41

We are frequently getting people saying they can no longer access data on an external hard drive (or USB flash drive, or memory card) that they know was there previously and should still be there.

The cheaper external drives get, the more people buy them, the more posts we get about problems with them.

Regarding external hard drives, assuming the drive has NOT been dropped or otherwise damaged, the problem is almost always caused by
- the drive not being able to get enough current (amperage) from the USB port it is plugged into,
- or the drive is plugged into a USB port it can't work properly with,

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:

Check that out first.

- or the problem was probably caused by you NOT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your Taskbar and STOPping accessing the drive BEFORE you unplugged the drive while Windows was running.
There are several programs that you could try that will probably fix your problem.

Specifically, links to some programs that can repair the data damage are here -
see response 2:

That post also has info about testing the external enclosure's hard drive. Apparently, the Windows version of Seagate's SeaTools can test any hard drive brand when it's in an external enclosure.
Do the long test.

If the external drive enclosure IS physically damaged, or if it's defective (that seems to be extremely rare), the external enclosure can be replaced cheaply, and the hard drive inside the damaged enclosure can be removed and installed in a new external enclosure.

If the external drive was dropped....

- if it's a"portable" model - has a laptop sized 2.5" hard drive inside of it, the hard drives are a lot tougher than the external enclosure but they're more likely to be damaged than 3.5" drives

- if it's a "desktop" model - has one or more desktop sized 3.5" hard drives inside of it (them) and an external power adapter you plug into the external enclosure that comes with it - usually the hard drive(s) has (have) not been damaged.

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