Thoughts about file location and performance
MyDefrag system scripts put the MFT$ and directories at one third of the size of the disk for better access performance.
Creating a zone of frequently accessed files together also serves as a performance enhancer so the disk takes up less time to get from one file to the other.
Looking at recently accessed files on my laptop show mostly browser cache in /home and system logfiles in /var. The OS files would only be used once at startup, binaries only when starting a program. For a single user system it seems there’s no benefit to optimising the location of files on disk beyond keeping /var and /home close together on disk. (done by using separate partitions for these and using a separate partition for data to keep that out of /home)
On a file server it might benefit to create a data partition of about a third the size of the disk, then a partition for /var, then another partition for data (combining both data partitions through LVM). Then the disk arm would be closer to the files on average, reducing wear and tear.
On a multi user server create the /home partition after / and /var and link the user’s data directories in the profile to a separate data partition.
I’ve done this with Windows terminal servers where I used a separate profiles partition (can be done by modifying the system and moving files in save mode, then creating links of the original directories) after the OS, swap and program files partitions and using policies to link document directories to the the file server (had to be done anyway, otherwise it would have been a larger data partition).
One of the biggest benefits was preventing the OS partition of filling up by users (even local system accounts).
Too bad the Windows profiles directory can’t be linked to a network location like on a *nix machine, creating a NFS link to /home on another server.