Should you hibernate or shutdown Windows PC at night

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  1. I saw a very similar post to this yesterday and I advise that considering the fact that LogiTech have developed a way in which they can access and remote control a computer using only the “flea power” of a pc that is actually switched off but still plugged in at the wall socket then everyone for security reasons should turn their pc’s off and unplug them from the socket too!

    My reasoning for this is that we all know how malisciously clever hackers can be and I wouldn’t be surprised now that the news is filtering out to the wider community that LogiTech can do this that pretty soon we’ll have the first instances of data being removed from PCs switched off but still plugged in at the socket.

    What the good guys can do the bad guys either copy or find a way to improve on with disastrous results for someone somewhere

  2. You may not have any worries about the hard drive but the heating and cooling of the components, various sockets and energy surge upon power on causes stress.

    I have my ’05 Intel 965EE CPU laying here fried after it run flawlessly for 3.5 years O/CDed to 3.8 from 3.2ghz and when I moved it to my wife’s machine and let it hibernate, it died in 3 months.

    No one likes a surprise of the computer not starting up. Leave them on!

  3. For those who have set the Registry value “DisablePagingExecutive” to 1 (in order to increase system performance), do remember that the Hibernate function requires “DisablePagingExecutive” to be set to 0 (whilst the Sleep function does not).

  4. Unfortunately, I always leave me laptop on, and this is for two reasons. One, I always run Progress Through Processors, and it can’t get data crunched when my laptop is hibernating. And two, I have to connect to my school’s internet through this thing called Cisco Clean Access, which checks for antivirus software, every time I disconnect and reconnect to the internet, which is a huge pain, especially when I need to check something online super-fast before I leave for class. Sorry, energy guys. 🙂

  5. I recommend Hibernating or Sleeping over turning the computer off. When you turn your computer on and off it accesses and writes to many system file areas. When you hibernate you are less likely to be writing to system critical areas on the hard disk, but you do of course write a large hibernate file with your current ram session. Sleep mode on a UPS is the best mode if you are worried about optimal system stability =P.

  6. My Windows Vista Home Premium does not have that hibernation feature. What should I do? I’ll turn it off.

  7. Is it true that, putting laptop on sleep mode always, reduces its overall battery life. As this happened with one of my HP laptop. I rarely used to shut it down.
    Also, i don not prefer to use hibernate as it usually take time to start and uses 4Gb hard-disk space, as compared to sleep mode.

    Finally is it really true that, “Today’s PCs are designed to handle 40,000 on/off cycles before a failure, and that’s a number you likely won’t reach during the computer’s five-to-seven-year life span.”?

  8. Can anyone tell me whether the hibernate file that is written to your hard drive each time you hibernate overwrites the previous hibernate file or creates a new one? Presumably if it creates a new one you have to manually delete the old ones or it won’t be long until your hard drive is clogged up with unnecessary files?

  9. I have hibernate disabled, mostly because of the size of SSD I have (64GB). I used to put my PC into hibernation or sleep when I used a mechanical drive for Windows since the startup/boot time took a minute or two, but everyone knows SSDs are crazy fast – so I don’t see the point in doing it any more, I just shut it down.

  10. I’m confused, you say: Hibernate” powers down your monitor to about 5 watts of energy and your PC to 2.3 watts.

    That means the PC is not totally turned off,doesn’t it???, what if I unplug the PC ¿ will “Hibernate” fail??

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