This procedure works like a charm when the receiving PC is the same one that the image was created from, even if the first 16 sectors of the Windows partition are wiped out. But if the original is a real PC with an ATA disk and the intended clone is a VMWare virtual machine with a virtual SCSI disk, booting fails with the message that \WINNT\inf\biosinfo.inf is missing or corrupt. In our case, it must be missing, as it is nowhere to be found on the NTFS-3G-mounted partition. If we restore the 16 salvaged sectors before creating the NTFS filesystem and then unpack the image, we get a bit further, but we still run into STOP: 0x00000007B.


Cloning NTFS at the file level is still not feasible if the NTFS partition is to be booted from.