I started to prepare an external drive for backing up other drives. I started CCleaner's disk clean and saw the time required go from 1 hour to 2 days. I stopped it and went straight to defragging with the XP Disk Defragmenter. It looks like that will take all day at the current rate. Is there any advantage to doing the cleanup first?
Also, would a cleanup AFTER defragging do any good on a drive that will be used only for data and backups?
I've ignored my old XP SP3 Dell Dimension 8100 for too long and will be doing that next. Is defragging quicker if you do it more often?