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I'm trying to convert a physical Windows XP Professional computer into a VM using VMWare vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0.1.

When the process completed, I had the following output:

Conversion status:

Type: Convert physical machine to virtual machine
Status: FAILED Unable to find the system volume, reconfiguration is not possible
Running time: 1 hours and 14 minutes
Completed: 96%


Log highlights:

Error: An error occurred during reconfiguration
Processing the reconfiguration datastore.
Updating drive letters for the destination volume layout
Update boot.ini on the destination machine's system volume.
Update the boot sectors on the destination machine.
Completed cloning volume 'C:'.
Starting to clone volume 'C:'.
Completed cloning volume ''.
A snapshot of the source system was created successfully.
Creating a snapshot of the source system.
Task: Convert physical machine.

I mounted the resulting volume (*.vmdk) on another vm to look at the boot.ini that was pulled from the physical machine, since several threads referred to this as the source of the problem, it's contents is as follows:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)parition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Also, when looking at the partitions it appears that there are two, one that's NTFS and contains the Operating system and the windows directory on Disk 0 Disk 0 is the resulting drive mounted

I also found some threads that said that the issue might be with the *.vmx file that was generated, at their suggestion I tried changing the ide:0.0present value to false, and changing the parameter ide0:0.filename to scsi:0.0.fileName along with adding scsi0:0.present="true" and adding scsi0.virtualDev="buslogic"

But all this did when booting up was result in an File: \ntldr Status: 0xc0000225 error from the Windows Boot Manager.

It seems to me that maybe the boot.ini is pointing at the wrong partition, but I don't know enough about the config file to really change anything about it.

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