Or maybe you should use some more friendly software
My sense is that linux and the DOS command line are not your bag.
The real crime here is that if you had a different harddrive, there are free tools provided by the manufacturer to do this for you. Maxtor and Western Digital make free clone software, but it is hardcoded for their drives.
The EASIEST tool is another piece of software called trueimage, but it will set you back $30
With this software, you install the second drive as a slave and load the program. Everything is done in windows, nice and simple, including making the image and resizing the image.
Then you press go, and walk away, the machine reboots, it drops into a linux shell with a script, images and resizes your drive, then reboots.
Then you turn off the machine, swap the drive, and start and when it starts up, a left over script rewrites the masterbootrecord and then boots into windows
It is very easy, and flawless in execution.
There is even a 15-day trial here:http://www.acronis.c...load/trueimage/
I wonder if the trial software will actually let you make an image? It might be worth trying out....