Neither TrueImage nor Ghost can make an existing image fit inside a partition which is smaller than the amount of uncompressed data inside the image itself, but if the target partition is equal to or greater than the size of the image, you can certainly do that. Doesn't matter if the original partition which you cloned from no longer exists, the image backup will still restore itself.Ghost or TrueImage will simply ask you if you want to re-size the image to occupy the bigger space, and you indicate 'yes'.
Be aware that, with Norton Ghost (at least with the 2003 version anyway), if you want to put an image on to a CD/DVD, you must do it by using Ghost to write the image directly to the CD/DVD. You cannot simply write a 'copy' of an existing ghost image file to a CD. Norton Ghost will not recognise it if you use this method. I know 'cos I've tried it. You must create the CD/DVD using Ghost. Acronis TrueImage does not have this limitation, but despite this I still think Ghost is more reliable generally.
Finally, despite claims made by both of these developers, it's unwise to create an image from within Windows. Create a DOS startup disk with whichever of the two programs you intend to use, and use it to boot into the DOS version of it. I speak from experience. The Windows interface may be more convenient, but it's technically impossible to clone Windows reliably while it's actually running, without risking a corrupted image file. And that won't become apparent till you want to restore from it -- by which time it's too late.
Edited by pip22, 03 October 2006 - 12:36 PM.