I was reading the latest issue of Full Circle (issue 63) and there was an article comparing boot times under various configurations. One of the comparisons was with an installation in a primary partition and with an extended partition. Now, I was shocked to see a graph see significant increases in boot times when the system was installed on an extended partition.
Quickly after, suspicion set in: How is it that simply being in a workaround environment to get around the limitations on the number of partitions allowed magically decreases I/O performance? Is there something I'm missing?
Text from the article:
To my mind, the internal hard drive and the SD card represent just about the respective best and worst physical speeds available for our test computer.
At the same time, I also wanted to know if using a primary hard drive partition (/dev/sda1) or an extended partition (/dev/sda5) had any effect at all. What I got is shown [below].