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Old 01-09-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Cannot create VirtualBox hd image - VBoxManage: error: Failed to create hard disk

VBoxManage createhd --filename hard_drive --size 6144 --format VDI --variant Split2G
Progress state: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR
VBoxManage: error: Failed to create hard disk
VBoxManage: error: Could not create the medium storage unit 'hard_drive.vdi' (VERR_VD_INVALID_TYPE)
VBoxManage: error: Details: code VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80bb0004), component Medium, interface IMedium
VBoxManage: error: Context: "int handleCreateHardDisk(HandlerArg*)" at line 423 of file VBoxManageDisk.cpp
This is actually a SOLUTION and not a problem, as I spent a few hours this morning wondering why this was failing and could not google anything that gave me an answer.

You can't use the Split2G variant with a .VDI format. You need to use another (I chose .VHD). The error message is rather uninformative and didn't point to the answer. I hope this helps someone else to a quick resolution.
Old 01-10-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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I caught later that, while .VHD format stops the errors and creates a disk file, you need to choose .VMDK to accomplish what I wanted, the Split2G.


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