Recovery media error: failed to change disk layout

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Recovery media error: failed to change disk layout

Veeam Logoby dipitroguc » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:56 pm

Dear,

When I try to create recovery media on a WD Elements 1TB harddisk, I get an error that reads:

'Preparing USB disk Error: Failed to change disk layout'.

It's a brand new hard drive and I'm logged on a Windows Server 2012 R2 with Administrator priviliges.


Ps. I'm sorry I don't have a support case ID, but the internet told me that my question would most likely be answered in this forum. ;)
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Re: Recovery media error: failed to change disk layout

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:50 pm 1 person likes this post

dipitroguc,

Can you format this drive via native Windows tools (i.e. disk manager) and then run recovery media creation again? Thanks.
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Re: Recovery media error: failed to change disk layout

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:52 am 1 person likes this post

As an addition to Dima's response

It is possible that you will get an error even after that. In that case diskpart will be able to help you:

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diskpart
list disk
select disk #
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format quick fs=fat32 (or other)
assign
exit


However, don't run this step by step because it will completely wipe your 1TB usb disk so you might want to create different partitions first and so on...
This is not uncommon what you see as many of those vendors "prepare" the drive which makes it impossible for others to make it bootable. Considering many of these devices are bought by end-users, it is actually not even a bad idea ;-)
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Re: Recovery media error: failed to change disk layout

Veeam Logoby dipitroguc » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:07 am

Thank you Dima and Mike!

I had already tried the disk manager format and I still had an error after that, like Mike said could happen.
So I tried diskpart and it worked!
Now I'm just wondering for the reason behind this.
Is the cleaning function of diskpart more thorough than disk manager? Is it the fact that I didn't make the partition active in disk manager?
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Re: Recovery media error: failed to change disk layout

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:12 am

To say it very simple... Disk manager prohibits you from making actions that are irreversible. Diskpart doesn't, so the clean option cleans everything from that disk without being able to revert. Disk manager will not do that.
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Re: Recovery media error: failed to change disk layout

Veeam Logoby dipitroguc » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:16 am

Thanks again! ;)
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