P2V Assistant Cannot Clone a Windows NT 4.0 System that has a System Utility Partition (1748)
P2V Assistant 2.0.1 is running in a Windows NT 4 virtual machine. When I attempt to clone a disk of a physical Windows NT machine that has a diagnostics or utility partition, a Timeout while detecting volumes error message appears. What can I do to successfully clone the disk?
This problem occurs specifically when using P2V Assistant running on a Windows NT 4.0 guest to clone and reconfigure a Windows NT 4.0 disk with diagnostic partitions.
Ensure that you are using P2V Assistant 2.0.3 or later, and do one of the following to work around this problem:
- Clone the disk using a third party tool and reconfigure the target disk using P2V Assistant. You will see the same message about the diagnostic partition; however, it is safe to delete that partition's contents on the target disk before reconfiguring it.
- Delete the diagnostic partition on the source disk and retry cloning the disk with P2V Assistant.
Note: Prior to deleting the partition, you may need to edit boot.ini to decrement the partition number for the operating system.
Caution: Deleting the diagnostic partition is not recommended, because this can adversely affect the source system. Check with the system manufacturer first.