How do I clone XP/Vista dual-boot to larger hard-drive?

I can easily clone XP using a Ghost 8 boot-disk; and I can clone Vista likewise using Ghost and then repair the booting using the Vista disc; but how do I "easily" clone an XP/Vista dual-boot to another drive and retain/restore dual-boot capability?  Thus far I can "restore" one, but I seem to lose the other.
GWilt55Asked:
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dekkarCommented:
are you cloning the entire disk? or just the partitions??

I think if you ghost the entire disk, it shouldnt be a problem...

when u ghost, make sure you are doing it via disk, rather that per partition...

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SysExpertCommented:
I agree. You also may need to reset the active partition using fdisk or similar.


I hope this helps !
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GWilt55Author Commented:
Sorry...  I tried again last night and it didn't work.  I have Windows XP Pro and Vista Ultimate 32 and Vista Ultimate 64 in three partitions on a Seagate 250Gb HD.  I put a 2nd 250Gb HD in, booted DOS, ran Ghost 8, and hey presto, copied.  Ran the 2nd disk (taking the 1st out) and the menu appeared - but for all 3 operating systems, the next screen was a black error screen, not finding the necessary file to run - sorry I forgot the file names the messages said they were looking for.

Is there something about Ultimate 64 (the last OS installed) or is it a Vista issue (as there's no problem ghosting XP in any flavour)?
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rindiCommented:
After using similar tools like ghost on multiboot systems with any vista flavour, I've always had to run a repair with the vista CD to get things running again. I also had to make the other partitions invisible and the one with the OS you want to repair active first so that drive letters didn't get mixed up, then make sure to set the drive letters correctly. Once that OS booted correctly I make the other partitions visible again and repeat the above for the next OS...
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PUNKYCommented:
I have cloned multi-boot systems and alway setup the wizard like below:

- Disk to disk
- Set active
- Copy MBR
- Do Not Assign Drive Letter

No matter what is in hard drive, if the original works so then the cloned.
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GWilt55Author Commented:
Sorry about not responding for awhile - been busy etc - but I'm still unable to make it work properly.  I hate to be "stupid" but there's obviously a solution.  Norton Ghost 12 does it but you have to install that into Windows.  I need to do this from a boot-cd, preferably using Ghost 8, either in BartPE or DOS.  If someone can give me the actual switch commands, the options to tick or untick, etc, I'd be very happy indeed.
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dekkarCommented:
you should be able to make a bootable CD/disk...... or use the original Norton Ghost disc to do this....

and Yes... doing this from DOS is the best way.., also, if you do it from Ghost 8, it might not be able to read the ghost 12 image...
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PUNKYCommented:
Right. The ghost 12 has option to create bootable (similar with version 8) like in picture below:
Ghost-1.jpg
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PUNKYCommented:
I am using ghost 12 here.
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GWilt55Author Commented:
Either I got ripped off, or my copy of Ghost 12 differs from yours, Punky.  I have a Ghost 8 version that gives me that screen, but my Ghost 12 version doesn't...  or I really am stupid.  (Probably the latter.)  I have searched high and low for that screen to create a boot-cd and can't find it.  How did you get to that screen?  What version of Ghost do you have?
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dekkarCommented:
Either way... you just need a bootable CD with the ghost executable on it,.......


so if you have nero or something, you can always use it to create a bootable CD, with ghost.exe on it....

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GWilt55Author Commented:
I tried using Nero to create a bootable CD and put the Ghost executable (and all other) files on it.  When I ran the Ghost executable (VProConsole) it announced that it could only be run in Windows, not DOS.  So did all the other executable files.  I gather the Norton Ghost Solutions Suite 2 is the package I need to create the DOS boot disc equivalent to my Ghost 8 discs.  Norton Ghost 12 (standard) doesn't cut it.  I'm starting to feel like I live on another planet 'cause no-one sells it around here - and the Symantec website will happily sell me what I already have but for the Suite I have to go through a local destributor....  ARGH!  Does anyone know a FREE equivalent that is guaranteed to do disc imaging and copying of XP and Vista including multi-boot multi-partition layouts?
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PUNKYCommented:
I dont know why your ghost version has no that option, my IT confirmed it is 12 version. Anyway, try this free tool but work very well:

http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm
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dekkarCommented:
yep... there should be a ghost.exe in your program files somewhere..... it will run in dos..
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SysExpertCommented:
ALso, make sure that you instaled all of the options from the CD.


I hope this helps !
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GWilt55Author Commented:
Thanks ppl.  Got my hands on the Ghost Solution Suite 2 finally.  Guess what?  It creates a Ghost 11 boot CD - screen similar to the one posted above by Punky - and it works with Vista just fine.  Thanks for all the other tips.  If you hadn't said it could be done I wouldn't have persisted.  Re my version of Ghost 12, I had re-installed using all options - it just came up short.  It was definitely for a single computer only - install it and use it there only - whereas the Ghost Solution Suite lets me do it all.  Bottom line:  I have my solution; so thanks to all.
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