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Leave on, Sleep or Shut Down.

  1. #1

    Wanaka, New Zealand
    Posts : 74
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    Leave on, Sleep or Shut Down.

    Ok so it is an old question, but one I am quite keen to know the answer. A time ago PC users would argue is it better to leave the PC on, put it in sleep mode or shut it down completely.
    I am not that worried about power consumption I just want to know what stresses your CPU and other hardware more, leaving the PC on, putting it in sleep mode or shutting it down completely?
    I did a search and it was all posts from around 5 years ago when technology wasn’t as good as it is now. I have gear all less than a year old except my CPU. Does anyone know the science behind the heating and cooling of hardware? There was a time when booting your PC up in the morning was the most stressful thing you could do you it.
    So what I am asking does anyone out there know if I am doing my PC damage by leaving it on constantly and only rebooting when Windows makes me.
    Last edited by jamezb3; 23 Feb 2012 at 21:56.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    IMO, the answer is no

    I worked as an electronic repair technician.
    Leave your PC on.

    Electronic devices usually fail:

    • When you turn them on (almost always - IMO ~95%).
    • When you turn them off (sometimes - IMO ~4%).
    • During operation (rarely - IMO ~1%).

    Compact fluorescent lights are a classic example of this.
    If you never turn them off, they will last for years.
    If you constantly turn them on & off, they'll fail in a very short time.

    I use "Sleep".
    Last edited by lehnerus2000; 25 Feb 2012 at 06:44.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Well, from personal experience, no. Restarting and shutting down or resuming from sleep does not whatsoever damage the components. I've had a puter from 2001 or 2002 last for like, eight or nine years before a power fault occurred on the motherboard. I bet with newer parts, they would last much longer due to better manufacturing processes.
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  4. #4

    In the mainframe world, shutting down was the no1 worry - on restart some items always seemed to fail to make an appearance. Time clock change twice a year was a headache..

    Mine sleep.


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Leave on, Sleep or Shut Down.
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