With disk-imaging software, you can burn an image of the contents of a given partition.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_image
In a slightly different process, with disk-imaging and partitioning software, you can make an exact copy of a given partition to another hard drive. I've never tried burning a partition image to media but I have made a clone of a partition.
Examples of disk-imaging software: Acronis True Image, Symantec Ghost. There are others but I have no familiarity with them.
It won't hurt to take a look at the respective websites for each (Acronis and Symantec) and read what they do, how they work, etc. and see if that meets what you wish to do.
Although the two programs I mentioned cost, there are free programs that purport to perform the same tasks. I have no experience with any of these.
I've no experience with restore partitions, but I guess that I thought such were invisible, http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/
That would make it somewhat hard to burn an image, I think.
If I understand what you really want...you want to create a restore CD from your restore partition? If so, what is manufacturer/model data for this system?
Edited by hamluis, 27 March 2008 - 08:36 AM.