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Difference between sleep and hibernate?

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I don't know if this is the correct place to post this thread but if not, mods can you move it plz.

but yeah whats the difference putting your computer to sleep and putting it to hibernate?

also when you put your computer to sleep is it suppose to turn everything off? my fans and led's still run when I put it to sleep.

sorry for these noob questions but i've never really owned a pc just laptops and whenever you sleep/close most laptops everything just saves where its at and powers down.

And will it damage your computer in any way if you put to sleep/hibernate often??
post #2 of 6
Wrong section, but I believe the difference is that sleep puts the computer in a low power mode whereas hibernate puts the contents of RAM onto the hard drive so it uses no power but you don't lose any work.
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First of all use your brain while putting the thread in wrong place :/.

Secondly Sleep just puts your computer on low power mode, like really low. But if you turn off the mains... everything will be lost.

Hibernate on the other hand will take all your stuff from ram and put it on hdd and then shut the computer off. So no worries of disconnecting power cables. But drawback is if you have 8gig of ram then 8gig will be required from the hdd and, hibernating isn't as swift as Sleep.
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I am currently playing through Bioshock again myself...only my 2nd/3rd complete play through.

Haven't tried Bioshock 2.
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First of all use your brain while putting the thread in wrong place
Oh who needs those.
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I am currently playing through Bioshock again myself...only my 2nd/3rd complete play through.

Haven't tried Bioshock 2.

Oh who needs those.
What? where is this coming from .
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post #6 of 6
Sleep shuts down computer except for RAM. User state is kept in RAM and next time can be loaded directly from. Hibernate does the same thing but writes to hard drive, so system can be totally powered off and you can resume session. However, the benefit of quick startup from sleep mode is removed.
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