Partimage makes images of individual partitions. Whatever you want to ghost it to must have the same partition setup (number of partitions; not necessarily the same size). Adding partition images to other partitions (as in append, not overwrite) could pose problems. Perhaps dar
would serve your purposes better? Dar doesn't care about such things. A full backup (I mean absolutely full, relative to /, minus a few cache files, one /dev file, a couple of /var, and /tmp and /proc records the relative path to files, regardless of partition.
I searched for the last 3 years for a backup app to do what I wanted. I ignored dar untill 2 weeks ago. In desparation, I tried it. It took a couple of days to get things configured the way I wanted (a shell script to call dar solved my probs).
Now, all I can say is WOW!.
TaR backups have the limitation that if one file is corrupt, the entire backup is corrupt. Apio and Cpio are not much better. Dar allows you to set limits on file size to compress; file extensions to prevent compression (as in, already compressed); which directories to backup; which to not backup; the list goes on and on.
It took me a couple of days to get it configured and write a shell script for full backup. But, I'm no guru, so I tend to be a bit slow at these things at times. Once I got it going, WOW!
I successfuly make a *completely* full backup (7.7G reduced to 4.0 when compressed). I tested, listed, and restored successfully.
PS: you can write a dar backup to floppy, zip, cd, dvd if that trips you trigger. It handles media size quite well, though it may take a bit of tweaking to get the size just right. My best luck was in using the -m option set at 1024 (that's 1024 bytes per KB). When I got that right, it all fell into place.
Once again: dar: WOW!
I've seen (after doing some 'net research) claims that a dar full backup can be restored to an empty partition and booted. I can't verify that, 'cause I haven't tried it. But everything else works as claimed.