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Quick qustion about turning your computer off and hibernating it

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Which is best for overnight? does turning your computer off and on a lot damage your pc in anyway? What about hibernating it?
post #2 of 17
Turning it fully off is the best choice because when its in hibernation it still uses elec and still keeps some parts running (I believe)

turning it on and off a lot doesn't do it any harm it's just if you constantly go on/off/on/off every few mins.

Plus if you let it fully turn off the parts can cool of and sleep well at night
post #3 of 17
Actually, I don't think hibernate keeps anything on. It saves the contents of the ram to the hiberfile then shuts down completely.
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post #4 of 17
Hibernation and turning off are basically the same - all power is off, the only difference is the contents of RAM are saved to the disk when hibernating, but the computer boots fresh when restarting after being switched off. Both will stress your components equally - the disk I/O from reloading the RAM contents will be similar to the I/O from a fresh boot.
post #5 of 17
Still, a complete shutdown is better because hiberfiles take up a lot of space, I think my hiberfile on my laptop got up to around 10 Gigs and also my laptop turned it self on randomly sometimes when hibernating.
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Definitely best to turn it off. I believe not clearing your RAM for some time will actually slow down your computer.
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post #7 of 17
the size of the hibernation file is the same size as the amount of RAM in your system, no more. So unless you had 10GB RAM in your laptop it wasn't that big.
post #8 of 17
Depends how much you want to keep your work/open programs etc running. I often hibernate if I'm in the middle of something, and then occasionally (maybe twice a week) actually shut the PC down so the RAM gets cleared etc for a new boot, and any updates or anything can install.

During the day I sleep my PC when not using it, as I want it to start again immediately, and it only uses a few watts, which would be less than the total from restarting it (considering I would have to do it multiple times during the day)
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when you sleep your computer, your fans still run correct?
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when you sleep your computer, your fans still run correct?
they usually stop
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