Yes, Partition wizard is both easier and more flexible, although I frequently clone to different sized disks without issues, so you're probably not using the expert options the right way. It definitely can't fit a larger disk image onto a smaller disk, but there are several ways you can fit a smaller disk image onto a larger disk.
However, you did specifically ask
for the fastest
, not the easiest or most flexible...
I'll look into Clonezilla some more, but honestly, it looks like Ghost will best do the job I need it to (sadly).
bthylafh wrote:Symantec Ghost handles dissimilar partitions sizes well, and it supports multicasting. We're using v2.5 of the enterprise suite here.
Yeah, it's looking like Ghost will do what I need. Question though, when making an image file with Ghost, can you make the image of just the used space (so it's only like 40 gigs)? Or is it a RAW pull like Clonedisk (thus making the image the exact size of the drive)? I know it can do incremental image updates, which is a huge plus.
Basically what I'm planning on doing is offering a home support service plan to my customers. They bring me the machine every three months, I tune it up, virus scan, etc. and make an image. That way if they get a virus or their hard drive crashes or something requiring a reload, I can just reimage their drive and boom, back on the road in an hour or so. So, basically the faster I can do the images the cheaper I can sell the service.