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Lowest power SATA HDD 2.5"

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I have to buy a 2.5" SATA HDD for a small form factor PC (mini ITX, HTPC for example Zotac zbox). It's important to have cool and quiet components inside. Regardless of capacity and price what are the options for HDDs with lowest power requirements?

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I plan to use Windows XP which is not really SSD friendly. Besides the 'price' comment in my OP was for price differences in SATA HDDs due to their capacities. SSD prices are too high for an HTPC.

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Katy may have been keying on the fact you're not concerned about capacity. And in that thought, a 40GB SSD for $100 solves your problem nicely.

We do power testing on all the hard drives we review, though at this time, we haven't aggregated all of that in a searchable database (that feature is coming).

For a platter drive, I'd start by looking a the 5400RPM single platter options, like the the Z5K320

http://www.storagereview.com/hitachi_travelstar_z5k320_review

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It's been a while since I researched this, but back when I did I found that Fujitsu drives had the lowest power use. But they were IDE.

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