An installed Windows XP protects itself from being cloned even for the backup purpose. Specialised software like the Norton Ghost, Acronis or PowerQuest Drive Image has to be used so that the OS can be moved to a bigger hard drive in a disk upgrade.
Linuxs dd command also works the same way but this needed to be performed on the whole hard disk so that the MBR and partition table are cloned as one whole lot.
The method described below shows how Linux can be used to clone a XP partition.
>> Read further of saikee’s 9 steps to clone XP using Linux, posted on JustLinux forum