Which Should You Do? Shutdown, Sleep or Hibernate?
Do you leave your computer running 24/7 or you shut it down the moment you’re done using it? When it’s time to disconnect from your computer, what do you do? Computers can sleep, hibernate, and shut down. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take a look at their differences.
What is Sleep Mode?
It stores your computer session from opened files, software and other data into the computer’s RAM and puts the computer into a low power state. In other words, the RAM continues to draw power from its battery or outlet to continue to stay awake while the rest of the computer shuts down from its processor, hard drive, etc. So, when you wake up your computer from sleep mode it quickly reopens and gets right back where you left off before you put it into sleep.
Pros of Sleep Mode
- Uses very little battery power
- Restores your progress instantly
- Simple to initiate — just close the lid
Cons of Sleep Mode
- Battery will drain slowly over the course of hours or days in Sleep Mode
- Computer’s RAM can become full or overloaded
What is Hibernate Mode?
It completely powers off your computer, but all your progress and sessions from your opened data, running apps and software are stored in the hard drive. It’s like Sleep Mode but will take several seconds to a few minutes to reboot your computer and return to your exact screen when you put it on Hibernate Mode.
Pros of Hibernate Mode
- Stores all progress securely on the hard drive
- Uses no battery or power outlet
Cons of Hibernate Mode
- Takes longer to boot back up
- Does not help the computer run faster
What is Shut Down?
It turns the computer completely off, which closes all software, programs, files, and processes. It also clears all the memory in your laptop’s RAM. It’s a must to save your work first before shutting down since you won’t be able to pick up where you left off without reopening everything.
Pros of Shut Down
- Runs faster with its clean RAM
- Uses no power
- Forces you to save your work’s progress
Cons of Shut Down
- Isn’t easy and fast to resume working
- Might lose your work’s progress if you didn’t save it
When to Shut Down, Sleep, and Hibernate?
Sleep Mode is the best option when you want to resume where you left off after stepping away from your computer/laptop for a small amount of time.
Hibernate Mode is usually the best choice when you won’t be using your computer for a longer time, but don’t want to manually save your progress or reopen programs.
Shutting Down isn’t a great option if you don’t like to save your progress and reopen programs. However, it is best to shut down to clear your computer’s RAM and free up the memory and its processing power.
Do you shut down, sleep or hibernate your computer? Let us know down in the comments