SSD vs HD - Heat/Power Consumption?

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  1. rainbowsofwhite macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone,

    I apologise if this has been discussed elsewhere, but I am unable to find it.

    When choosing a storage solution based solely on the least amount of heat/temperature and power/energy consumption.

    Would you choose Flash Storage SSD or HD 7200rpm?

    Thanks,
     
  2. rnizlek macrumors 6502

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    The SSD will unquestionably use less power and generate less heat than the 7200 RPM drive.
     
  3. rainbowsofwhite thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm answering my own question here:


    SSD (Solid State Drive)

    Power Draw - Less power draw.
    Noise - No moving parts and as such no sound.
    Vibration - No vibration as there are no moving parts.
    Heat Produced - Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced.
    Magnetism Affected? - An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism


    HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

    Power Draw - More power draw.
    Noise - Audible clicks and spinning can be heard.
    Vibration - The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration.
    Heat Produced - HDD doesn't produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw.
    Magnetism Affected? - Magnets can erase data.

    Info taken from:
    http://www.storagereview.com/ssd_vs_hdd

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