Have been playing with Encyption for the last few days - using TrueCrypt to encrypt my C: winxp and prgrams drive. I wanted to find a way to easily image an encrypted C: and everytime I had to encrypt 160gb it took about 2 hours. So I partitioned my drive giving C: 10 gb Now with nothing else changed C: is measurably faster. I have used Ultimate defrag to archive less used files with the most used on the outer edge but I also dod this before reducing the size. does this make sense ? can someone explain ? All I can assume is that the drive is faster because all of the relevenat files are nearer to each other than they would be if allowed to go anywhere on a larger partition. any thoughts ? PS at the same time if anyone knows an easy way to combine drive encryption and imaging I would ne grateful.