How important is it for me to defragment my Windows XP drive before I clone it to an SSD replacement?

Joe Videtto August 16, 2012
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I am going to clone my HDD with Windows XP on it to a replacement SSD. How important is a defrag in this process? Should I do it before? Or after?

Also – do I need to back up my main boot drive before I defragment it using Windows XP? What are the chances an accidental ‘shut off’ (e.g. power outage from a thunderstorm, electrical glitch) will cause the drive to become corrupt if it occurs during the defragmentation process?

Finally – about how long should it take Windows XP to defragment a boot drive having 150 Gb of programs/data ?


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