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My host OS is OS X Lion running a Windows XP client with VirtualBox 4.2.0. I'm wanting to make a copy of the image and compact it to share with a colleague. First, I used the VirtualBox command line to clone the image via clonehd.

VBoxManage clonevdi /path/to/image.vhd /new/path/to/image.vhd

Next, I tried compacting the image with the following command:

VBoxManage modifyhd /new/path/to/image.vhd --compact

In which I'm presented with the following error:

Progress state: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR
VBoxManage: error: Failed to compact hard disk
VBoxManage: error: Could not compact medium '/new/path/to/image.vhd' (VERR_INVALID_STATE)
VBoxManage: error: Details: code VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80bb0004), component Medium, interface IMedium
VBoxManage: error: Context: "int handleModifyHardDisk(HandlerArg*)" at line 577 of file VBoxManageDisk.cpp

I've tried my hand at resolving the issue by searching, but I've came up empty handed up to this point. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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