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HTPC HDD Options - Power saving

Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by BlackTigerTech, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. BlackTigerTech

    BlackTigerTech (Banned or Deleted)

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    I'm having a hard time to deicide between a couple of options I have regarding the build of a new HTPC.

    I have decided to build a very energy efficient machine based around a mini-itx platform, and need a tiny bit of local storage for the OS locally.

    The thing is, I do not really want to use normal hard-drives as they have a pretty high power consumption. My other options are either a cheap 32 GB SSD drive (found one for just over $200 in SATA format) or to get a CF<->SATA or IDE adaptor and a cheap 32GB card.

    The machine will be on 24/7 mostly playing radio or music, and will play the occasional video over the network, so the chosen storage will not have to be very fast or large. I am looking for something reliable as I do not want to redo this machine for at least 3 years or so:)

    Link for the cheap SSD drive: http://flashmemoryking.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10_11&products_id=26

    Found some cheap CF there: http://www.hboutlet.com.au/catalog/index.php?cPath=1732_1764

    Will there be a big difference between the SSD and CF drive in my situation? As basically either solutions would work out to be the same price!:thumbup::D

    Thanks Guys!
     
  2. neon_87

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    just grab a 5400rpm 2.5" sata drive. they dont use much. More than a SSD, but cheaper. 320gb - $140.
     
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    BlackTigerTech (Banned or Deleted)

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    That's the thing tho, I will not use even 10% of that 500GB, which seems like a waste. The power requirements are huge too, as those little SSD Drives only use a few hundred mA of power.

    And for $50 difference, wouldn't it be better to go SSD?

    I plan on trying to run this off a 12v brickpack for the entire system, as to make it portable to carry to the garden and run off a car battery or something...:thumbup: I would only be having MythTV and probably 10-15GB of MP3s on it at any one time at the most!
     
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    thought about getting an ipod instead?
     
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    Definitely. But If I have success with the power consumption of the whole system, I may build another one to use as a mail server at home. And maybe even another one for file storage with a couple of Samsung 1TB green power HDDs, with the HDD shutting down when not in use.:thumbup:
     
  6. deva_da_man

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    why not just buy a smaller 2.5" drive?

    they 160gb ones are $66 now! and the 120's are like $55
     
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    Good idea, I wil look into that.

    SSD still seems to be the way to go so I may order some tonight or tomorrow. Can't go wrong with 32GB for $200!!!:thumbup::D
     
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    I'd just grab a notebook hard drive, even if it uses more power, it will probably take years for power savings of the SSD to make it worthwhile.
     
  9. terrastrife

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    whats wrong with a usb flash drive?
     
  10. BurningFeetMan

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    Did you end up buying a SSD? Have you had any problems or dramas, or are there only good things to report?
     

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