Lowest power draw HDD?

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  1. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    I'm replacing the optical drive in my macBook with a HD for storage and putting a SSD in the storage bay. I'd like to do this and not effect the battery life for heat out put much.

    Whats the lowest powered HDD over 250GB? The speed doesn't matter as it's going to be for storage only.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I really think if you're looking to conserve power then the slower the drive the better, maybe. Also see if WD has a "green" drive in the size you need. They made them in 3.5", which I found odd because that suggests they're going into desktops and all that, but they did ...
     
  3. altecXP thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah. I'm starting to think that maybe one of the Blues might be the
    best choice.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Blues are good. I understand they're quite favored around these parts. I have not had a MB or MBP in ages so I'm quite out of the loop.
     
  5. altecXP thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just googled around and Hitatchi might be a bit better when it comes to power when comparing the 500GB to the 500GB Blue.
     
  6. altecXP thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Would it be a better idea to just get a 60GB SSD and put my 240GB SSD in the optical bay?
     
  7. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    Definitely not, don't waste that big SSD on using it for storage. Especially if you're not using it all the time (a al a storage HD) it's not going to be that big of a power draw.

    Go with a 5400rpm drive, maybe a WD Green/Blue, in the optibay and your big SSD in the original HD spot.
     

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