Maybe you misunderstood or I didn't say it correctly for you to get the point I was making. Sata drives are Sata drives and there i no Master /Slave designations. On IDE drives, you change a jumper to make them either master or slave and put them a particular place on a ribbon cable to have them work with those designations.
A Sata drive can have an OS on it or be used as a stand alone with no OS installed. You can actually call them what you want (master-slave), but they are stand alone drives (or in a raid array if used for raid) and therefore, no jumper setting or particular ribbon cable setting is necessary. Hope that clears that issue up.
I don't use the Drive Image XML program so if you are familar with it, then go ahead and do the copy. My preference has always been the XXClone program (free) or Acronis program to make a drive clone or image.
Hope this clears up the misunderstanding about the sata master/slave issue.
Addendum: You should not have to make a slave drive to clone the image over. Just make sure you select the proper drives when asked the Source and the Destination drive so you don't erase your good image.