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Old Nov 18, 2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Leave It Running Or Shut It Down At Night?

I've always leave my computers running. My last PC has been on for a few years without being shut down. Any problem leaving Macs running all the time?
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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I've always leave my computers running. My last PC has been on for a few years without being shut down. Any problem leaving Macs running all the time?
I leave my 09 (sig) on 24/7 (running headless) and my Macbook only sleeps when I close the lid. So I never really shut it off.

So keep it on.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 07:20 PM   #3
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I've always left my Minis running (or sleeping when inactive for awhile), no problems there.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 10:43 PM   #4
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Have only shut down my Mini for updates since purchasing it in July. No problems whatsoever.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:44 AM   #5
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My mini also runs headless 24/7.
They use next to nothing when in sleep mode anyway (electricity wise).
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:49 AM   #6
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My iMac runs 24 / 7 both my MBP and MBA are shut down after use. Unlike many, unless I have an alarm call set, my IP5 gets shut down too.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 04:51 AM   #7
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Always ON. Sleep mode ON too. Due to ML f-ck up with sleep mode I gotta use caffeinate though.

I usually do a reboot every 3/4 days too.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:15 PM   #8
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Since 23 hours of the day my mac mini would be idleing I shut it down. With the SSD it comes up so fast, that it doesn't matter to me.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:21 PM   #9
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Did you calculate how much cash you wasted on the electricity bill?
Turn it off. Any Mac boots within your first coffee.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:28 PM   #10
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Post No problems.....

to my knowledge when you have good ventilation, no voltage fluctuactions and no running intensive apps (read/writing to HDD, RAM intensive or processor intensive tasks)

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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:37 PM   #11
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like a washing machine, electric stove, power tool, table lamp, tv, stereo, guitar amp, etc, etc, i turn it on when its being used and turned off when its not
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:58 PM   #12
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My macmini server runs 24/7 and it's totally fine
One good thing about the mini is its low power consumption
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 04:32 PM   #13
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I've always leave my computers running. My last PC has been on for a few years without being shut down. Any problem leaving Macs running all the time?
To answer your question literally, no, there is no problem with leaving a Mini turned on indefinitely. In fact, the server version of the Mini is intended to be left on.

Personally though, I would just let the computer go to sleep when idle. It won't save that much on the electricity bill but the computer might as well be "off" when you're not using it. (And sleep mode is more or less the same as turning it off. Minimal power consumption.)
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 09:44 PM   #14
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Did you calculate how much cash you wasted on the electricity bill?
Turn it off. Any Mac boots within your first coffee.
I don't drink coffee so it will feel like forever!

It goes into sleep mode but I don't physically shut it down. I keep strange hours and like the computer ready at a move of the house. I know, I'm impatient but life is short!
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:56 AM   #15
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For going on 25 years, I've kept my desktop Macs connected to surge protectors, and shut them down at night or during periods of non-usage. I also turn the power strips off as well.

I've come to believe that it's "good maintenance" to boot from a cold shutdown. That guarantees that after rebooting you'll be on "a fresh start", fresh login, etc.

Just doing that much can clear up glitches and problems now and then (item in trash that won't empty, etc.).

I will leave my MacBookPro on sleep for a few days at a time, but try to restart that "from scratch" periodically, too.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:07 PM   #16
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I've always leave my computers running. My last PC has been on for a few years without being shut down. Any problem leaving Macs running all the time?
No, there's no problem leaving them running. I have a Mac mini that serves as my Plex server, as well as other computing duties. It's on 24/7 for several months at a time. Zero problems.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:07 PM   #17
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I have a Mac Mini 2011 since January 2012, and I turn it off every night. Never had a problem.....
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:10 PM   #18
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I almost never shut down any of my computers including my Mac Minis. I put them to sleep. It's what I've been doing for years with no issues
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 02:12 PM   #19
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like a washing machine, electric stove, power tool, table lamp, tv, stereo, guitar amp, etc, etc, i turn it on when its being used and turned off when its not
Do you unplug it too? It still draws power unless it's unplugged.

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To answer your question literally, no, there is no problem with leaving a Mini turned on indefinitely. In fact, the server version of the Mini is intended to be left on.

Personally though, I would just let the computer go to sleep when idle. It won't save that much on the electricity bill but the computer might as well be "off" when you're not using it. (And sleep mode is more or less the same as turning it off. Minimal power consumption.)
The server is pretty much the same machine as the regular mini - the main difference is software, and that difference is only to add management of multiple users instead of just one.

You can leave most modern computers on all the time and let it sleep with no issues. It's less of a shock to them than booting up once a day.

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Old Nov 20, 2012, 02:16 PM   #20
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I've always left my machines on 24/7. When they are not being used they go to sleep. There is no wrong or right answer here. Leave it running or turn it off... pick your personal preference.

I turn it off for only 2 reasons, I go away on vacation or thunderstorms (chance of power outage). In the case of chance of power outage I unplug my tv, computers, and disk drives from power.

I had my time machine drive die when I lost power during Sandy last month. At least it was my oldest drive. The enclosure I had it in was still good.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 02:23 PM   #21
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I configure mine to power on/off during specific times of day with the energy saver settings
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