Troubles with Ghosting (Partition to Disk)

Here's my issue. I have a 160GB HDD partitioned into 2 partitions. (Part 1 is 20GB and Part 2 is 140GB) I am using the second partition as a storage partition for all the images created. This will be designed for a machine that will be used on an emergency basis to run any one of four pieces of industrial machinery. I've ghosted each hdd from each machine, both as partitions and whole disks. I'm trying to copy any of the images from the 140GB to the 20GB in an effort to create the "cold swap" PC. However, I can't seem to get it work. Any ideas?? If I copy "partition from image" the drive becomes grayed out and "disk from partition" overwrites all data and partition information.
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The_Crabby_HackerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Okay, you've pointed out a new piece of information: the images contain more than 1 partition. It definitely appears that the restore process is overwriting the images it is also trying to read.

Have you tried putting the images on an external hard drive or CD? That way the restore procedure is free to change the layout of the target drive.
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The_Crabby_HackerCommented:
Which drive are you running the Ghost program from? Are you booting from a Ghost Boot disk?



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Boosted86Author Commented:
Booting from either Ghost boot floppy or Ghost CD.
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The_Crabby_HackerCommented:
After taking a closer look at your question, I may be of limited help ... I am using Ghost v8.0 (2003) which is older than your v8.3. In my case, I am using a boot disk and Ghost is DOS-based.

However, I would like to point out these items:
1. You are correct in using the Image to Partition option. This will preserve the other partition that contains the images.
2. Ensure that the drive's MBR is not special. Some computer makers pre-install recovery software that occupy the MBR. This code would still be there even if you deletd their recovery partition/software.

As a test, can you install a minimal OS (even a simple bootable DOS install will sufice) on Partition 1? Then try doing a backup and restore on it.

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Boosted86Author Commented:
I already tried this even using -PRESERVE switches and being that the image is multi-partitioned, the source always gets overwritten.
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Boosted86Author Commented:
Crabby,

This is what I eventually had to do, it was not the option I wanted however push came to shove and thus this was the route needed.
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The_Crabby_HackerCommented:
Another option is to have two hard drive in your emergency computer. Then you would use the 160GB drive just to store the 4 backup images. When needing to create the emergency computer, you would restore from Drive #2 to Drive #1.
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The_Crabby_HackerCommented:
I forgot to point out that Drive #2 should be set as a Slave and Drive #1 should be set as Master. It is important to have the drive cables and jumper setting correct.
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