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This was caused by some bad blocks on the physical computer that was being virtualized. One guy in the vmware forum suggested to upgrade the converter to 3.0.3 and bingo that did the trick. I didn’t get to ‘pull’ it using the ESX server, instead I installed the standalone converter 3.0.3 of course on the physical machine. I see some warnings that the converter is ignoring bad blocks and the virtualization goes smoothly. So there you go