Install SSD & get LESS laptop battery life?

May 22, 2010 at 21:26:55
Specs: Windows 7, Core 2 duo / 2 gb

I installed an SSD and everything is fantastic except that I seem to get LESS battery life. I'm shocked as the SSD should use much less power. Is there a special setting I need to tweak somewhere to take full advantage of the SSD's power savings?

Otherwise it's great!

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May 23, 2010 at 04:11:08

SSD should use much less power is a myth. Read THIS to learn why SSDs don’t improve your Dell laptop battery runtime – they actually reduce it. By the way the content of this 2008 article - posted at Tom's Hardware site - is still valid today.


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May 23, 2010 at 07:23:44

You were told in your other thread not to waste your money. I'm glad it worked out for you.

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May 23, 2010 at 07:33:24

What is with the anti SSD stuff here? I read the article posted in the other thread "WHY NOT TO BUY AN SSD!" and it was some outdated crap from years and years ago. At the bottom of the article it was updated to say "drive life is no longer an issue." It said quite the opposite of what you guys did. It didn't mention battery life.

Likewise this article has a notice at the bottom that says "woops we screwed up" it's not as bad as we thought. It concludes by linking to another article which draws the same conclusion to a lesser degree (decreased battery life in some applications) but there is absolutely no hard numbers or specifics. I'm not saying they're not right but the article is not very convincing. A quick search on google didn't show any other similar articles which I would expect to find if this is a massive "hoax."

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May 23, 2010 at 09:09:26

You came here asking for advice & you were told not to waste your money on a SSD. It didn't work out as you you're blaming us?

Maybe if you had done your homework you would have made a different choice. There are numerous articles out there stating that SSD drives do NOT necessarily consume less power than conventional depends on the drive. Kingston are the worst.

"One thing is clear, though: never, ever buy an SSD product without looking at detailed test results."

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May 23, 2010 at 09:22:00

Actually nobody mentioned that before and it was still a good purchase.

Somebody made a complete stupid and misleading comment as if they weren't as reliable and linked to an article that in the end concluded reliability is not a concern.

Do you guys own stock in standard producers or what? Your attitude is ridiculous.

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May 24, 2010 at 14:49:12

"Do you guys own stock in standard producers or what? Your attitude is ridiculous"

I can only speak for myself. I believe in getting the best bang for my buck & IMO, spending $250 for a HDD is ridiculous. I don't care if it's bleeding edge technology or not. I'm not knocking SSD technology, I just don't think it's worth the premium. To me, gaining a few seconds here or there is not worth the added cost. If I needed to replace the HDD in my laptop, I'd look the best conventional drive in the $50-75 range & use the remaining $175-200 on something more important...& I don't necessarily mean computer hardware.

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May 24, 2010 at 14:58:00

My reasoning was I wanted an extra level of data protection and resistance for example to dropping my laptop. I have had a lot of hard drive crashes (mechanical failures) and I'm tired of it. My data is what's important. It's my work. I don't do anything on my laptop that requires cutting edge performance. I'm super happy with my laptop because of the docking system, it's my only computer. I have a lot invested in all that. I've had the laptop for 18 months and for $350 I just upgraded the hard drive to give me piece of mind it won't fail if I drop my laptop or just from wearing out and I got the memory upgraded to 4gb . For me it's wonderful. $350 might have bought me a bottom end walmart laptop with no docking station but I didn't want that. After tweaking the power settings it still gets around 5 hours of battery life off the 9 cell battery under active use. I'm very pleased and dont consider any of this a "stupid waste of money"

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May 24, 2010 at 15:06:58

Helpers on this forum don't all reside in some tower block and deliver co-ordinated or biased responses. They come to this site from all over the USA (and elsewhere) and give their assistance and opinions. If you know better, then congratulations.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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May 24, 2010 at 18:03:49

I've had a personal laptop for several years & have never dropped it once. I also have two laptops at work (actually, one is a Toughbook) & have never dropped either of those either. Maybe if you took better care of your equipment, you wouldn't have to spend your money needlessly.

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May 24, 2010 at 19:56:04

LOL I rest my case. Everyone hates SSD's for no apparent reason. Is everyone here a minimum wage McDonald's employee or what? Does your data and time have no value whatsoever? Is $250 for extra protection not worth the insurance? Do you drive your cars without insurance? What's wrong with you people? Why do you attack someone for making a smart decision that's worth every penny. When I say "drop" I mean resistance to shock and vibration and resistance to mechanical failure. I think it's a tiny price to pay. Maybe there are 1 or 2 people out there that make more than $5.50 an hour out there that agree with me and maybe not.

Anyway thanks for all the help and advice. - the anti SSD forum.

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May 25, 2010 at 06:18:03

How very silly.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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