"Sleep" or "Shut Down"?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NJRonbo, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    #1
    I was sort of shocked when after posting on one of these
    forums that I shut down my mac pro after each use that
    someone replied that doing so was harmful to my computer.

    Is this true? Am I better off putting my Mac in "sleep" mode
    instead of shutting it down?

    I know that on PCs, it was never a good idea to constantly
    put your computer in hibernation or standby. Even I noticed
    that after doing so for a few days, Windows just started acting
    flaky.

    ...but this is OS X and Mac Pro. Perhaps I need to rethink
    how I operate my hardware.

    Would love to hear advice on the proper way of turning off my
    computer.

    Thanks!
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    To summarize: do exactly what the manual says. If you'll be using it within a few days, put it to sleep, but if it will be sitting idle for about a week or more, shut it down.

    ...And don't worry, your Mac won't start acting flaky. Welcome to OS X. :cool:
     
  3. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    I think you will find that Sleep is the most common answer.
     
  4. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    Sleep. No need to turn it off and shut it down all the time. I used to do that when I used PC's and since I switched to the Mac, I usually just shut down if I'm gonna be gone a while. I'll also restart when there's an update that requires it.
     
  5. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I only shut down when I go out of town or if I am installing hardware.

    every so often I have to restart, but this is mainly because my Firewire audio device has issues sometimes when its mad or something......:p
     
  6. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Appreciate the help guys!

    And Psycho, this is my typing style.
     

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