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Reliably make disk clones for another computer using Norton Ghost 10

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Windows XP "tool platform" used for making hard drive copies, clones, etc.
Norton Ghost 10 used for making drive images and new bootable drives (for another computer - not the "tool platform")
Process:
Connect a live/used foreign hard drive to an available IDE cable set up just for this purpose.  
Use Norton Ghost 10 to make a disk image and store it locally on the "tool platform"
Shut down the "tool platform" system.
Replace the live/used foreign drive with a new/empty drive on the "tool platform".
Use Norton Ghost 10 to restore the image onto the new hard drive.  
I have just done this twice with different results:
Case 1: I marked the new drive for "boot".  After I'd written to it, the new drive worked great in its intended computer but the "tool platform" computer would no longer boot and I had to repair Windows/boot.
Case 2: I didn't mark the new drive for "boot".  After I'd written to it, the new drive didn't boot in its intended computer and I had to repair Windows/boot in the target computer.
So, I obviously don't have the "moves" down tight.
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