..... I am listening for more thoughts regarding optimal placement of the pagefile.sys files (i.e. among the opinionated who actually depend on pagefile.sys for their machine performance). .....
I guess optimal pagefile placement dramatically depends on machine.
Heavily swapping 128-192MB XP would deserve having fixed sized pagefile at the partition beginning. ( if no other physical disk available )
OTOH, placement of pagefile on machines with 2+ GB, where some users turn pagefile off, does not matter.