If I'm capturing an image with
imagex.exe /capture ..., does it matter if I defrag the hard disk prior to doing so (or strictly speaking, before sysprep)? Is there any benefit to doing so with a file-based imager like this? Would there be any benefit to defragging after applying the image?
I am asking about defragging non-SSD drives. I believe defragging an SSD is generally considered a no-no.