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Adding a new terabyte HDD... enough power?

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August 21, 2009 8:58:50 PM

I have a 250 watt Dell 530s (a slim desktop).

I want to add a new terabyte hard drive in my computer. The problem is I don't know how much watt I have left to spare. I posted this in another forum and one person recommended me to use a multimeter.

I have a Celeron 450 2.2ghz, GIGABYTE GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (said to take up 35 watts), 320gb HDD SATA, DVD-RW, 2 x 1GB sticks DDR2.

Here's the original link. I'm not sure if they are paranoid or not. When I asked the same question for my graphics card, the person said I have more than enough power. The user wasn't worried.

Here's my original post:

Thank you.

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August 21, 2009 9:18:19 PM

Hard drives use very very little power compared to graphics cards and cpu's. In fact, the power consumed by hard drives is almost insignificant. The size/capacity of the disk will not affect power consumption. You should not have any problems at all.
August 21, 2009 9:21:04 PM

Shouldn't be any issues
August 21, 2009 9:26:34 PM

See, this is what I hate, I have one group who says go for it, and another group who says stop and think. Like what's your response to the link to my older post in the other forum?

Oh and just for kicks. I'm planning upgrading my CPU. The CPU I have now is a 35 watt, the one I want is 65. Any problems with that?
August 21, 2009 9:34:59 PM

As Johnny said the gpu is more the issue, as hard drives take very little power. If you want you could just swap the drive instead of having two then you wouldn't be increasing the load.

The video card you have installed now recommends a 300W power supply.
August 21, 2009 9:43:35 PM

Exactly how much does a HDD in SATA take up in watts? Why would the graphics card recommend me a power supply wattage? Wouldn't it be better to tell how much the graphics card consumes in watts? It'll be more helpful in my situation. I have the card running on a 250W power supply.
August 21, 2009 9:48:39 PM

It would be better, but then consumers would have to do addition on their own. If you've ever had to work with the public, then you already know what a bad idea that is.

That card uses about 50 watts and here is a link to show harddrive power requirement under load

edit to add
your cpu is 35watts
August 21, 2009 9:58:04 PM

I guess I'll slip in the hard drive, but I'll be safe with this one by removing the graphics card. There's an integrated graphics card on the motherboard.

If I could put everything in, including my video card, and the two HDD, what is the percentage of it failing?

Thank you all.
August 21, 2009 10:20:01 PM

You're an engineer, aren't you? (Don't worry, I am too)

Honestly though, everyone's right. Modern HDDs consume a maximum of around 10-15W during startup (when the discs start spinning) and consume 5-8W during peak loads (constant access) at idle most are 3-5W and in sleep (powered on but discs not spinning) less than 1W. These are pretty generalized numbers, yes, but this gives you a scale for power consumption to compare to your CPU (35W) and GPU (50W). All-in-all you can see the power draw is pretty neglegible. If you're truly that concerned then buy a P3 Kill-A-Watt (~$20) and get the total power consumption of your system to ensure it doesn't get close to the max of the PSU.
August 22, 2009 1:47:24 AM

KyleSTL said:
You're an engineer, aren't you? (Don't worry, I am too).

... That doesn't have to do anything with anything.

I'll probably will purchase Kill-A-Watt and see what's up. It sounds useful for the future too, since I'm planning on building a PC later (much later).

I swear I'm going to quote you all on this and if my computer blows up I'm gonna be back.