Stop 0x1e in NTFS After Changing Disk On Removable Drive

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After you change then try to gain access to a different disk cartridge on a drive that supports removeable media, a STOP 0x1e error message may be displayed if the disk is formatted as NTFS.


This problem occurs because NTFS has code to detect if media has been switched without being properly dismounted. This code contained a bug that caused this blue screen error message to be displayed.


Windows NT Server or Workstation 4.0

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
  • Windows Service Pack Center -or-

  • 152734 how to obtain the latest windows nt 4.0 service pack
For information on obtaining the individual software update, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information on support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:;EN-US;CNTACTMS

Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT Server version 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6.

More information

Caution should be taken when changing removable media. By design, NTFS issues a lock command to the drive to prevent removeable media from being ejected without being properly dismounted. Some removble drives do not support this function and some third-party utilities may not work correctly allowing the media to be removed without properly dismounting.


Article ID: 228792 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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