What OS are you deploying? Windows Vista?
What's the configuration of the paging file before and after? (Found in Control Panel > System (classic view) > Advanced System Settings > Performance, Settings... > Advanced > Virtual memory, Change... *breathe in*)
Deploying Windows XP, no Vista. Image is not syspreped
The paging file beforehand is 2046MB - 4092MB, it is the same afterwards, although it takes forever to get into the system properties. I've been imaging these machines with Ghost without issue.
Long shot, but does the System and Administrator account have full NTFS permission on C:\ ?
Yes admin has full control...