My M2 installation has three disks, the first two of which (Disk-0 & Disk-1) are standard IDE drives. The third (Disk-2) is a RAID 1 array (see signature). By default, the Swap Area Target is set to Disk-0 in the DAAP/UPNP OPTIONS MENU. If I change this to Disk-2, the boot time increases dramatically and the increase seems to be due to the increased time taken to create the swap area.
# May 29 13:22:35  EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with writeback data mode.
# May 29 13:28:09  Adding 1048568k swap on /export/Disk-2/_NL_SWAP/VRAM. Priority:-1 extents:266 across:1066268k
# May 29 13:37:50  EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with writeback data mode.
# May 29 13:38:21  Adding 1048568k swap on /export/Disk-0/_NL_SWAP/VRAM. Priority:-1 extents:271 across:1066304k
The logs show that it takes nearly five and a half minutes on Disk-2 but only around 30 seconds on Disk-0. Can anybody suggest what the problem might be? I was considering buying two more 1 TB disks, converting the array to RAID 5 and doing away with the IDE drives. However, the prospect of longer boot times is not attractive.