GHOST imaging, defragmenting and pagefile / hibernation file

Hoping someone can save me time from doing some testing and research.

I use Ghost to image my system partition.  I usually defrag before I create the Ghost partition image.  A few questions:

1)  When I save and restore a Ghost image using default parameters (i.e. no command line switches), I believe that the image is file-based (i.e. files are saved, not sectors).  So I am thinking that an image restore will result in a fully defragmented partition regardless of how fragmented the partition was during the image save (this is how we used to defrag partitions in the old days...).  Is this true with Ghost?
2) Assuming that the answer to question 1 is yes, I suspect that although the partition may be defragmented as a result of the image restore, that the layout is not optimized for performance and would be enhanced by a Speed Disk or some other utility.  Is this also true?
3) I know I can tell Ghost to skip saving specified files in FAT partitions, but not in NTFS partitions.  With 768MB RAM, my pagefile and hibernation file are 1.5GB+ combined.  I seem to recall that if XP Pro can't find the pagefile, it will create one per the parameters specified.  Will the hibernation file also be recreated?  My thinking is that I delete the pagefile and hibernation file prior to creating the Ghost image (without XP running of course).  This would save a lot of time and storage.  Can anybody verify if this will work or what issues I may face?

Thanks
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SAbboushiAuthor Commented:
Answer to question 3:  Yes - XP will recreate the pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys files without a problem!  Just tested (deleted the files and booted into XP) - it worked great.
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wesly_chenCommented:
Hi,

> image restore will result in a fully defragmented partition regardless of how fragmented the partition was
> during the image save
Yes, you're right. I cloned the system with image, the clone HD is non-fraged.

> layout is not optimized for performance
It depends, the SpeedDisk might improve a little bit since all the files are in continuous sectors after restore
from the image to disk.

3. You can turn off hibernation and set the page size to minimum. Besides, you can defrag the HD before you
create the image, it will save you some time to create image.

Regards,

Wesly
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SAbboushiAuthor Commented:
Thanks Wesly-

>> layout is not optimized for performance
>>>  It depends, the SpeedDisk might improve a little bit since all the files are in continuous sectors after restore
>>>  from the image to disk.

Actually, I was referring to the programs and boot-up stuff and prefetch being placed in the "fastest" cylinders.  This requires that XP monitors the files used during bootup so that they can be placed optimally - a little bit different than restoring files so that they are contiguous.

3.  Good point that defrag might save time on the image creation.  
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