shut down vs sleep vs hibernate

Actually, shutting down your laptop might be harmful to your laptop. Instead, having the computer on sleep mode or hibernate mode ensures that you get more life from the components of your machine.

Why is this?

Sleep vs shut down vs hibernate comparison on the IMPACT on computer components lifespan.

Explained: there are three power options available for Windows computer. These are “Shut Down”, “Sleep” and “Hibernate”.

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If you didn’t know, the most important component of any machine is the motherboard and all other directly connected pieces.

Shutting down and booting leads to states of “charge” and “no charge”.

The cycle of powering on and off leads to power fluctuations in the motherboard. Remember, if you have ever been in any electricity class; power fluctuations can easily “fry” electronics and lead to component failure.

What I did like 5 months ago.

I literally don’t step away from my laptop except Saturdays. The process of shutting down and booting was becoming repetitive, this would take up my precious few seconds.

It is then, that I decide to have my laptop sleep instead of shutting down. Even when I go to sleep I don’t shut it down. Having done this, nowadays it takes only a few seconds to resume my activities on the laptop instead of waiting for it to boot up.

Nonetheless, I was a little bit concerned that having my laptop on sleep mode would affect the components in the long run. So I decide to do my own research. It is then that I found out that it is more beneficial to put a laptop on Sleep mode rather than to completely shut it down.

What I have done is, command the laptop to go to sleep mode every time I close the lid. This ensures that I don’t waste my time clicking things just to find the option to make it sleep.

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Alternatively, press the windows button on your laptop then just start typing “sleep” then select Power & Sleep Settings then follow the steps above from step number #3.

If you want to only make the computer sleep once, press the windows key then select the power icon then click sleep.

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