Originally Posted by lurkswithin
when in use they will draw from 10 to 30 watts depending on the type of drive and brand...Just being in the computer while not being used I would think less than a watt.
just curious...why would this be a concern?
I'm a little concerned because I just installed a 6800GT video card in my system and I can't change the power supply because it's a dell. Furthermore, since I didn't have enough free cables I disconnected both my cd drives so that I could plug the connecters into my video card. The card worked fine, no problems whatsoever, until I used a y-splitter cable so that I could reattach my cd-rom/cd-rw drives. Since then I've gotten a couple messages about a lack of power for the video card. It may just be a coincidence that I received the messages after reattaching my drives or maybe the little bit of wattage they consume is the straw that broke the camel's back. It was also after I plugged in my cd-rom drives that I got the floppy diskette seek failure.