Re: Look out it's back
- From: "Mark T. B. Carroll" <mtbc@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 02 Mar 2010 10:27:23 -0500
Andrew Marshall <g8bur@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
In message <MPG.25f6dfe5e2719b0f98976f@xxxxxxxxxx>, Paul Carpenter(snip)
If running without power I would disable external devices and unplug them
as quickly as possible, to save battery power.
Oh, absolutely; I'd not leave the drive connected and munching battery
once I'd finished using it.
I'd be very disappointed if a 2.5" external drive didn't power itself
down to some cheap standby mode after a short period of disuse, just as
laptops' internal drives do. Maybe they indeed don't, though? Certainly
some of my older external drives have had a fan permanently running, not
sure about my present ones (damn things can be too quiet!), but my older
ones tended to have regular 3.5" drives fitted by the user into the
This reminds of the people who gofor wireless laptops so they don't
have any wires, what happens in reality
1/ Before starting they find a power point to power the laptop
as the batery life is not too great after a fw recharge cycles.
2/ They plug in all their devices, from mouse to cameras and end
up with wires everywhere.
Exactly. One of the several reasons why I completely eschew wireless
I've actually been pleasantly surprised by laptop battery life. (I had a
ThinkPad, now a Toshiba Satellite.) When it's on my desk, it's indeed
plugged into all manner of things, but elsewhere in the house it's
usually just the power cord. With wireless headphones I'd be more likely
to use such things away from my desk, I suppose, but my wired ones are
just part of my at-the-desk stuff. The main exception would be that one
of my USB GPS things get plugged in when I'm navigating in the car, and
my webcam gets plugged in when I'm chatting over VoIP. But, for most of
the time away from the desk, it's power cord at the most.
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