Forget all the faffing about with partitions, there is no need to on modern computers and it is sooooo 20th century. Get an external HD or 16gb flash drive (around 20-30 squid). Put Acronis on your machine (10-20 squid)and clone the HD.Acronis will do auto incremental backups so you can just forget about it. This is so much better than partitions.
I agree almost entirely with GANDALF <|:-)> but I keep Partition Magic, because it is very handy when working on drives that have been partitioned - mainly to get rid of the Partitions, ie merge them into just the one.