Another good location for info on hard disks and partitioning is
http://www.ranish.com/part/ . This is the site for the very flexible
Ranish Partition Manager.
At 10:34 PM 10/19/2002 +1000, Raja Subramanian wrote:
Suraj Kumar wrote:
General tip: create the swap partition at the end. With my little
knowledge of harddisks and their physical organisation I think when the
swap is at the edge of the disk the access time would be faster and it
helps a lot when your machine is low on primary memory. so making swap
as the last partition might improve performance.
Given that seek time outweighs rotational latency of HDDs by a wide
margin, it could be argued that placing swap in the middle of a disk
would offer better performance (since it minimizes head movement on
But ofcourse, this is subject to where the disk head spends most of its
time. The Linux Partitioning Howto and the Multi Disk System Tuning
Howto discuss partitioning in more detail that anyone would ever care to
The FreeBSD tuning(7) manpage also offers some insights -
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