I've moved all the "good posts" about how the software works, into the "Nuts and bolds" forum for each product.
Umfriend is referring to this:
And yeah, it's like schrodinger's cat. You can't know without observing, and that act of looking changes the outcome.
The only way to know for sure is to check the power consumption of the entire system.
To do this, buy a Kill-O-Watt power meter or get a UPS/Battery Backup that reports the watt usage, as well.
Keep the disks active (for instance "ping" all of the disks, or run a burst test in StableBit Scanner), and measure. And then compare from there.
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