Performance gains of putting Windows pagefile on separate partition (same disk)?

I am making a drive image that will be deployed to several computers, and I’m tweaking it for performance. It is a Windows XP image.

Considering there is only one hard drive, will the machine gain performance if I place the Windows pagefile on a separate partition, possibly FAT16 (instead of NTFS as the OS partition)?
I’m thinking of this because Linux does it, actually it uses the raw partition as “swap space”, which is more performant (has faster I/O) than the default journaled filesystem (I expect FAT16 to be faster than NTFS too).

If this does make sense, how should I go about it? Another filesystem? should the partition be on the beginning or end of the HDD?

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