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Old 09-26-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Question How to evaluate a harddisk's power only with the information printed on it?


As mentioned in the title.
 
Old 09-26-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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Every drive I've seen has the power requirements printed on the label. For example,

5VDC 0.77A
12VDC 0.45A

To get the wattage, multiply voltage by amperage:

5*.77=3.85W
12*.45=5.4W
 
Old 09-26-2011, 03:15 PM   #3
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To my knowledge, unless a hard drive uses some odd custom interface, all hard drives can be run with a 12V and a 5V rail. Sata power connectors include a 3.3V connection for use with embedded equipment that does not have a 5V rail. But a 2.5" Sata drive should work with either option.
Of course, we are assuming that the OP is asking about electrical power consumption and not something else.
 
Old 09-26-2011, 03:21 PM   #4
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Of course, we are assuming that the OP is asking about electrical power consumption and not something else.
When the question is amazingly vague, the answer is the responder's choice.
 
Old 09-26-2011, 03:59 PM   #5
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I'd put an amp meter on it for instantaneous readings and use a watt meter for longer times.
 
  


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