Hard drives have faster performance at the beginning of the platter (see zone bit recording).
According to an answer to "What is the purpose of multiple swap files?", you should put your swap partition near the beginning of the drive.
I like to have multiple swap partitions occupying the beginning of every disk (to take advantage of zone bit recording).
- How would you move your swap from the end of the drive, to the beginning?
- During the Linux install process, how do you specify where the swap is located on disk? Does the order the partitions are listed coincided with their physical location on disk?
- Hard drive writing, from outside in or inside out?
- Where do hard drives start tracking?
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB (WD1000DHTZ) Review - Performance Across All LBAs
- Should I put the swap partition at the beginning or the end of the drive?
- Is having the 'swap' partition at the 'beginning' better than at the 'end'?
- Where to put swap space, at beginning or end and other swap questions
- Linux Add a Swap File – Howto
- Partitioning Your Hard Drive During A Linux Install