I've made a sector-wise copy of my hard drive that had three partitions (the system reserved 100 megs, the Packard Bell restore partition, and the usable partition).
I didn't use the "Direct Clone" feature of the software because I couldn't connect both drives at the same time, so I first copied the first drive to a storage, then imaged that to the second drive.
While everything appears to be working just fine, and all three partitions are there with their respective attributes preserved, I'm slightly worried they are in the different order now. I used to have
restore, system, user, now I have
system, user, restore.
Does that matter in any sense other than maybe performance? Can reordering partitions in this way lead to, say, the restoring tools provided by the manufacturer fail in the middle of the process?