Hard drives have faster performance at the beginning of the platter.
According to the comment in this question, 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?
- Durring 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?