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Removable Storage (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: NtmsSvc

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Removable Storage service manages and catalogs removable media and operates automated removable media devices. This service maintains a catalog of identifying information for removable media used by your computer, including tapes and CDs. If the computer also has automated devices for maintaining removable media (such as a tape autoloader or CD jukebox), Removable Storage also automates mount, dismount, and eject media. Removable Storage is used by applications such as Backup and Remote Storage to handle media cataloging and automation.

Removable Storage labels, catalogs, and tracks media; controls library drives, slots, and doors; and provides drive-cleaning operations.

For more information about the Removable Storage service, see the Server Management Guide of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (or see the Server Management Guide on the Web at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb633748.aspx)

If this service is stopped or disabled, applications that are dependent on the Removable Storage service, such as Backup and Remote Storage, operate more slowly.

The Removable Storage service stops when there is nothing to process. If there are no automated devices attached to the system, the Removable Storage service runs only while there are applications using it; therefore, it is not necessary to stop the service. When started under these circumstances, the Removable Storage service frequently needs to inventory the complete contents of attached autoloaders and jukeboxes, which includes mounting each media in a drive.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Manual

Service status: Stopped

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:

None

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