Virtualbox Error Cannot register the hard disk because a hard disk with UUID already exists solution

Cannot register the hard disk '/some/path/windows-marking.vdi' {f54def00-2252-43f5-9178-0998636cad61} because a hard disk '/other-path/windows-marking.vdi' with UUID {f54def00-2252-43f5-9178-0998636cad61} already exists.

Result Code:
NS_ERROR_INVALID_ARG (0x80070057)
Component:
VirtualBoxWrap
Interface:
IVirtualBox {0169423f-46b4-cde9-91af-1e9d5b6cd945}
Callee RC:
VBOX_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0x80BB0001)



What causes the error?

This is common if you are restoring a virtualbox VM or let's say you had the .vdi file on a certain partition whether remote share or just another partition.  For example I wanted to move my .vdi from HDD to my SSD partition and got the error above.
 

And no, removing the original .vdi from VBOX won't fix it.  It stores the UUID in the .vbox config file and it cannot be edited directly because VirtualBox will just overwrite any change (I tried to just remove the UUID of the old HDD but the change got overwritten).
 

How to solve the error?

Virtualbox has a command that can assign your .vdi a new UUID which will fix the problem:

VBoxManage internalcommands sethduuid /some/path/windows-marking.vdi
UUID changed to: 4a8debca-b235-4478-8264-c2667a053930

Just change the path to the file in bold above to yours and it will create a new UUID.  When you go back into Virtualbox to add the Virtual Disk it will work.
 

VBOX error Cannot register the hard disk '/some/path/windows-marking.vdi' {f54def00-2252-43f5-9178-0998636cad61} because a hard disk '/other-path/windows-marking.vdi' with UUID {f54def00-2252-43f5-9178-0998636cad61} already exists.


Tags:

virtualbox, register, disk, uuid, solutioncannot, marking, vdi, def, cad, ns_error_invalid_arg, component, virtualboxwrap, interface, ivirtualbox, cde, af, callee, rc, vbox_e_object_not_found, bb, restoring, vm, partition, hdd, ssd, removing, vbox, config, edited, overwrite, overwritten, assign, vboxmanage, internalcommands, sethduuid, debca, bold, virtual,

Latest Articles

  • Microsoft Teams Linux - Calendar Doesn't Work Missed Meetings!
  • Scanner not working in Linux Ubuntu Fedora Mint Debian over the network? Use sane-airscan!
  • How To Boot, Install and Run Windows 2000 on QEMU-KVM
  • bash cannot execute permission denied
  • Huion and Wacom Tablets How To Install in Linux Mint / Ubuntu and make the stylus work properly
  • ffmpeg how to cut certain parts of video out
  • ffmpeg how to concat and join two video clips
  • mencoder instead of ffmpeg to join or concatenate video files with different audio streams
  • Linux How To Stop Missing Drive from Halting Boot Process in fstab
  • How To Replace Audio Track of Video using ffmpeg
  • qemu-img convert formats vdi vmdk raw qcow2
  • Linux and Windows Dual Boot Crazy Time Issues
  • dynagen / dynamips 100% high CPU usage solution - how to set the idlepc value
  • How To Setup a Cisco CME (Cisco Manager Express) Virtual Router under Linux using dynamips and dynagen
  • Linux Mint Ubuntu Debian CentOS Dual Boot Install Issues
  • Linux Mint Ubuntu Debian Centos RHEL no sound solution
  • Linux Mint/Debian/Ubuntu/Centos Installer black grub screen and blank screen after trying to boot installer or main OS
  • Linux Mint Dual Boot Install Avoid Wiping our your Main C: drive /dev/sda MBR and EFI
  • QEMU-KVM soundhw deprecated how to enable sound in QEMU 4.x series
  • Virtualbox Error Cannot register the hard disk because a hard disk with UUID already exists solution