HDD Copy Problem

  electroplater 14:57 10 Mar 2008

I have an xp-pro sp2 system with two 160G hard drives of different makes. The system drive has a small partition of 8M at the end of the drive flagged as not active but with only 5M free. All drives are NTFS.
I have been attempting to make a full disk copy as back up but the copy process fails using Paragon Disk Management or Drive Copy. Using Discwizard to clone the drive or to copy only the large partion the process refuses to start saying that 'there is not enough room' even when the resize option is selected.
What is the small inactive partion and can I delete it?
Why can I not copy the drive?

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