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).
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.