i was planning to add a SSD in addition to my hard drive since my laptop supports to drives. I was thinking about putting win 7 and other games on the SSD. Do ssds consume power even when idle?
An SSD uses very minimal power...I think the latest one I bought said it uses 0.2 W when active and .65 mW idle, compared to the typical 10W active a mechanical HDD uses.
So if you are putting your most common applications and files on the SSD you will probably see a longer battery life on your laptop since its using the drive that needs less power more often, but it totally dependent on what files and programs you put where.