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An initialization failure occurred while...

STOP: 0x00000136


The volume that contains the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) does not have enough free space to fit the VHD.

This is a fatal Windows error, typically called a Stop message, Bug Check, or more commonly the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The system is in a forced reboot state. Any unsaved work is likely lost.

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A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

An initialization failure occurred while attempting to boot from a VHD. The volume that hosts the VHD does not have enough free space to expand the VHD.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x00000136

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  An initialization failure occurred while attempting to boot from a VHD. The volume that hosts the VHD does not have enough free space to expand the VHD. 

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  1. Boot into your parent operating system and attach the VHD as a partition using either DISKPART or the Disk Management GUI.  Use your own drive-path-vhd filename in the next step:
    • select vdisk file="c:VirtualDisksWindows_Beta.vhd"
    • attach vdisk
  2. Shrink the VHD size using the Disk Management GUI. If your original maximum VHD size was 500 GB and you only have 200 GB free, set it to leave some free space, such as 20 GB free. In this example, it would mean a new size of 180 GB.
  3. Use the free VHDResizer tool to trim off the excess "maximum capacity" of your newly shrunken VHD. You can get VHDResizer from VMToolkit to accomplish this. Set the maximum size to the same size as your new partition size.
  4. VHDResizer will require you to specify a new name for the resized VHD. After VHDResized completes, rename the old VHD to "file_old.vhd" and the new VHD to the same as your old file to ensure the boot manager picks up the VHD.
  5. Restart and the problem should disappear.
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Posted: 2-Sep-2009

Also see our list of common Fatal Error Solutions.

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    While BSoD fatal stop errors are identified by Microsoft Windows, they are often caused by non-Microsoft applications, drivers and hardware issues.  
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