Been cloning drives for almost 8 years now. When NTFS came along, it introduced a new problem - the metadata files and MFT reserved zone. Properly placed, these elements are optimized by Microsoft algorithm to be located near the center of the hard drive. A perfectly optimized drive, when cloned by TrueImage (any version!), when asked to clone AS IS to a same size dive, does not do AS IS. To me, "AS IS" means exactly that - all data is to be moved exactly to the same location on the drive that it came from. It always moves those files smack dab up against all the other files. This then contributes to subsequent fragmentation unless these NTFS files are restored to their proper location. The only way to do that is with a defrag program that allows off line optimization on a reboot. Since I, as a cloner and not a backer-upper, am a minority in this group, I was just curious to know if anyone else has paid any attention to this situation. I call it a deficiency, but I can correct it. Maybe it is more of an annoyance. But my routine after cloning a drive with TI to a like drive (a total duplicate) is to immediately run an offline defrag on a reboot.