|my suggestion: first a small partition for the bootfiles and the main pagefile (4gb should be sufficient (this will put the pagefile at the beginning of the drive which will improve performance)|
Mattie: Making a separate partition for boot files is not worth the effort. Back in the old days we did that when multibooting DOS with NT. This way all boot files for all OS's could share one FAT partition and changes could be made with regard to OS's without wrecking the bootup for any other resident OS's.
Ok having said that, the only way I know of improving performance by moving the pagefile is to move it to another partition on another hardrive that is on another controller.
Moving the pagefile to another partition on the same drive will not improve performance as others have stated above.
If you have another HDD, on another controller and plan on moving the pagefile to that drive, you will want that pagefile partition to be the first partition on that drive.
I always partition my drives. My previous system had multiple HDD's. I had my pagefile moved to a separate HDD on a separate controller from the OS HDD. The HDD with my OS on it was partitioned with 10 GB's for my OS and the rest for data and applications.
My Present system has a single 250 GB SATA HDD. I have the first 50 GB's set for my OS and the rest for data and app's. My reason for doing it this way in either case is, when defragging it takes a lot less time to defrag a smaller partition than a big one (ie: 50 GB's vs 250 GB's). Since the OS has a lot of changes on a day-to-day basis, it requires more regular defragging than the data/app partition. In fact, once I've installed everything and done a defrag, the data/app partition rarely requires defragging.
As to backup/restore....well, if your system pukes and you have to reinstall it's not a big issue as I backup regularly. I reinstall the OS, restore with my most recent backup (at most, 1 week old) and voila, everything is back and I don't have to reinstall all my app's.