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Old 12-21-2010, 02:21 PM   #1
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SWAP and Linux on the same HDD is quicker than on different HDDs ?

Hello There,

I want to install antiX on my Win98 hda (HDD).
I have already installed TinyCoreLinux on hdb (boot + linuxFiles + swap).
Should I install a new swap for antiX on the hda or is it still ok if I use the swap of hdb?
Perhaps the question in another way: is an additional swap on hda perhaps quicker than the access on the hdb swap?

Any recommendations are welcome.

Old 12-21-2010, 03:04 PM   #2
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You can use the same swap file as long as do not hibernate .
I do not think that its quicker to use separate swap files for each distro .
Any how personally I did not find any difference in speed
Old 12-21-2010, 03:58 PM   #3
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Hi -

If you were running 1980's class unix servers with SCSI drives - then maybe splitting swap over two drives might have made sense.

But for an IDE drive on a PC: no way. Just define a swap drive anyplace that's convenient for you: there is NO performance gain one way or the other.

If you find yourself using swap at ALL during normal operations, that's definitely a "yellow flag" that you probably need more RAM!
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swap = bad.
Swap over ata33 is worser than over ata66.
So, I wiull move my swap to the quickest drive (ata66) and will increase the RAM if its used! (or use smaller distro for not using the swap).


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