After you clone, never boot off the original HD. XP may mark the newly cloned drive as non-bootable.
I have a AMD 2600 processor running WinXP SP2. This computer has been running fine for about two years. I wanted to clone the 160 GB ATA Maxtor HD (two partitions)to a larger HD as I am running out of space.
I tried cloning to a new Maxtor Diamond Max10, 200 GB HD set up with MaxBlast 4. The 200 GB drive is divided into two partitions also.
When I try cloning my C: drive with Norton Ghost 3 to the new drive, I get error 29004 Read Sector Failure Sectors 1710951-1719575. After the failure, I have to reformat the first partition on the new drive or my computer will not recognize the drive.
I have run Norton 2005 Disk Doctor on the 160GB drive several times. No errors were reported with DD, but the cloning still will not work.
Norton Speed Disk reaches 39% on this HD and will go no further.
I was able to clone the C: drive with the Maxblast Utilities, but it reported four errors, and the new drive doesn't work, it boots to a blank screen
The second partition of the old HD (160GB)(my data drive) cloned without a problem to the second partition of the new HD (200GB)