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    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 16th May 19, 6:55 AM
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    Turn off PC, hibernate or sleep?
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    • 16th May 19, 6:55 AM
    Turn off PC, hibernate or sleep? 16th May 19 at 6:55 AM
    Bit late to the party but i've only really paid this any mind this week having had Windows 7 since 2010 & just always turned my PC off.



    Just wondering for those reading this, what do you opt for once you've finished at night and why?
    I suppose it may (or may not, who knows) be a bit different for laptop users. I wouldn't personally leave a laptop in sleep or hibernate mode but then i don't use my laptop often, only really for car diagnostics.


    My main machine is a PC which runs Windows 7 64bit pro. I don't actually see the hibernate option so i wonder if this was introduced later in Windows 8/10 but sleep is there. Apparently sleep uses a bit more power than hibernate but how that translates in to actual monthly cost in terms of money i don't know.




    I have in the past set my PC to carry out a task (usually backing up) in the early hours and then to 'sleep' only for SOMEtimes it to be on when i get up. I know it'll have gone in to sleep mode because i'll have gotten up for the toilet for example and seen it in sleep mode but then by the time i'm up it's back on again - which is one reason i've never really relied on sleep mode. Another is habit - i've just always turned everything off after using them. Even the TV in the living room - it doesn't go on standby, it gets turned off.

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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 16th May 19, 7:41 AM
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    Laptop user here ... at home I always shutdown when I'm finished; at work I leave my laptop on (plugged in to the docking station and secured with a Kensington lock, and screen-locked) - saves me having to wait 20 mins each morning for it to boot up (corporate OS image with loads of bloat) and means I can leave it running backups and virus scans overnight ... also, it's not my electricity!
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    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 16th May 19, 7:49 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 7:49 AM
    You have to dedicate alot of paging file resources to get the hibernate option, personally i just turn off all the time.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 16th May 19, 8:28 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 8:28 AM
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    My home PC I shut down at the end of the day, because it could be 20 or more hours before it's used again. My work computer (which I use mainly at home) I sleep when I'm away from it during the day, hibernate at the end of the day when I'll be working the next day, and shut down at the end of the last working day of the week.
    • RumRat
    • By RumRat 16th May 19, 8:35 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 8:35 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 8:35 AM
    Turn on the hibernate choice on the start menu.
    See here:- https://www.groovypost.com/howto/enable-windows-7-hibernate-mode/

    Personally, my desktop is always set to hibernated at night. The cost would be minimal.
    Of course it's down to individual choices and depends on how you use your PC.
    The TV etc is also left on standby, I'm not seeing huge electricity bills.
    Visiting my Father in law, a while ago, he said he was tired as he'd been up past midnight. The reason he stayed up was so that he could turn off the recorder once it had finished recording his programme.....
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    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 16th May 19, 9:14 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 9:14 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 9:14 AM
    Of course if you have an SSD then shutdown every time
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    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 16th May 19, 9:44 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 9:44 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 9:44 AM
    Hibernate. With the odd "update and shutdown" to keep Windows happy.
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 16th May 19, 11:03 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 11:03 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 11:03 AM
    Of course if you have an SSD then shutdown every time
    Originally posted by debitcardmayhem

    Care to explain why?
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 16th May 19, 11:13 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 11:13 AM
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    • 16th May 19, 11:13 AM
    Care to explain why?
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    SSDs boot faster than HDDs and there is mitigation e.g. if you have 8/16 GB of ram then it will need similar amounts of disk space which is not much I know but on SSDs why keep rewriting 8/16 GB every time you close the lid/hibernate etc. Personal preference
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 16th May 19, 12:27 PM
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    For me its shut down every time ..


    Nice fresh start with no rogue processes running or anything leaking memory
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    • A.Penny.Saved
    • By A.Penny.Saved 16th May 19, 8:30 PM
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    I use sleep mode on my win 7 x64 pc most of the time and only restart when necessary. I do not like the extra disk space needed for hibernation so do not use it although it does have some appealing features, such as O could power everything off and disconnect power and still resume where I was.

    I have tested the power usage with a plug in device I have and it is only a few watts while in sleep mode which is acceptable to me.
    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 16th May 19, 8:44 PM
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    Home PC left on all the time windows 10 default settings (is that really bad )


    Work PC shut down everyday and monitors turned off (we get nagged at if we don't do this).
    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 16th May 19, 8:58 PM
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    I have an SSD, I leave my computer running all the time. It's been running constantly for maybe 5 years now with the odd reboot for OS upgrades and power cuts. The only moving part is is the fan. The screen blanks off after a while.
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    • Pikeyp
    • By Pikeyp 16th May 19, 10:44 PM
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    My Windows 10 desktop is on permanently ... has been for years basically!

    Only re-booting when Insider updates come along ...
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 17th May 19, 12:34 AM
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    Do whatever you want, it makes little to no difference.
    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 17th May 19, 7:47 AM
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    I imagine nothing can be done when it's in sleep mode?


    What about in the power options where you have the 2 options - turn off the display & then the secondary being put computer to sleep?


    I'm thinking for 2 things really...


    1) Backups - of the entire PC, so disk images that'll take time
    2) I'm creating a digital library of my movies and eventually music. I have a lot of blu ray files that need shrinking using Handbrake but these can take a good bit of time (between 2-10 hours, depending i've found).

    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 17th May 19, 8:15 AM
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    No nothing can be done when the computer is 'asleep'


    If you use the 'turn off the display' option then the computer can carry on as normal , yes
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