Battery life with SSD and hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by agamelas, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. agamelas macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    I put an SSD and replaced the optical drive with an hard drive.
    Now I feel that in idle the battery drains too fast...

    Maybe because the hard drive in the optical drive bay consumes energy when in idle?
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

    simonsi

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    Possibly, I was able to install my SSD in the Optical bay, the HDD holds media and some lesser-used apps, if not needed it spins down and I find I get greater battery life than before.
     
  3. agamelas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But is it possible to configure the hard drive to sleep when in idle?
     
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Click on your battery/power icon on the top right corner of the menu bar. The last item listed should be...

    Open Energy Saver Preferences...
     
  5. agamelas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes but my doubt is if the hard drive stays idle while not in use
     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

    simonsi

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    If I am not accessing the media on the HDD then it spins down after a period and stays off. Whether your drive spins down will depend on the drive, what is on it, what your energy saver prefs are and whether it is in the main drive bay.
     

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