Selecting partition


I have a mini mac with 3 partitions and OS X Panther installed on partition 1 and again on partition 2.

I would like to create an image of partition 1 and store it on partition 3 so that i can then use partition 2 to restore partition 1 without having to re-install the entire operating system.

How do i boot up the mac with the option of choosing between partition 1 and 2?

I have tried using the option key when booting up, but i have a pc keyboard and this does not seem to work.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Hold down the option-key at boot-time - or even simpler: Go to System Preferences, Startup Volume and select the one you wish to boot from.
I was looking for a way to choose without having to go to System Preferences, Startup Volume and select the partition to boot from, maybe a boot up cd or something.

I tried the option-key but that doesnt work as the os on each partition are identical.
Option Key - shouldn't matter if each partition is identical.
Your PC keyboard may be the problem.