whs, what compression setting do you use in Norton Ghost? You can't make a fair comparison of compression ability without trying all of the available choices in Ghost.
I did notice the typos, 1, 2, 4, 4. Anyone who can count should be able to figure it out. Also, it's amazing that your C: partition will fit in an archive that is only 20 or 35 *mega*bytes (MB). Sadly, another typo that can't be corrected.
Rick, I hadn't thought of it much but you are right. There are fewer tools today that work down at the bare metal hardware that can be run stand-alone. Back in the old-fashioned times that whs speaks of, there used to be a DOS utility or command line tool for just about anything you wanted to manipulate or diagnose. Now I'm racking my brain trying to think of ones to work on the sub-systems that you listed. :(