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devomed
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Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

I have an Inspiron 15 (N5030) laptop and had the factory hard drive (240 GB HDD) fail about a year ago, so I bought a 240 GB SSD to replace it hoping for faster processing, slower boot times, and less battery consumption. My computer is much faster now but my battery consumption actually increased. When before I had maybe 7-9 hours life, I now have 3-4 hours. I also went into setup on boot and noticed that the computer still thinks I have an HDD. Is that bad? But when I do Dell System Detect and Windows > right click Computer > Properties, it shows the new SDD. is there anything I can do to improve battery usage? Otherwise the computer is working great.

I did notice that the battery light flashes orange sometimes when plugged in and charging to full, so maybe my battery woes are just do to the battery. 

A penny for your thoughts, anyone? I appreciate the help. I know relatively little about computers.

Hardware: Pentium Dual-Core T4500 @ 2.3o GHz, 3.0 GB RAM (DDR3 I believe), Sandisk Extreme 240 GB SSD, 

Running: 64-bit Windows 7

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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

Hi Devomed,

The flashing orange indicates your battery is starting to fail and needs to be replaced soon.

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devomed
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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

Thanks, I will do that. I did notice a decreased battery life though before the battery light started flashing. Is there any optimization changes that need to be made with an SSD to increase efficiency or ensure that the computer functions normally? Thanks.

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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

No, you should not need to do anything special since the SSD by nature uses less power.

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devomed
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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

Got a new battery for Christmas. Battery life is still decreased as compared to prior to switching to SSD instead of HDD. Any configurations that I should make or should have made when I switched? Is the switch to SSD just a plug-and-play situation? Thanks.

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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

Merry Christmas!

Yes, the SSD is plug-and-play. Let me ask you a question. When you installed the SSD, did you install the operating system or did you clone your existing drive?

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devomed
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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

I'm not sure it's been so long. I believe I backed-up to an external, replaced the SSD, installed Windows and then restored from the Windows backup. 

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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

Do you have the power settings on default for battery and plugged in?

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devomed
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RE: Decreased battery life with new SSD/SSD optimization

Yea, it's at default for battery. I have it set to NEVER turn off or sleep when plugged-in. That's the only custom change to power options. Anything else to try? Thanks.

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