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vexbegone

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Dec 30, 2014
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I usually turn mine off every two weeks, anytime i leave it i usually just put it to sleep. Not sure if this is harmful, what do you guys think?
 

Command

macrumors regular
Jan 23, 2015
184
81
USA
I usually turn mine off every two weeks, anytime i leave it i usually just put it to sleep. Not sure if this is harmful, what do you guys think?

I restart it as needed. Updates, changes - when I feel like it. Otherwise, it's on. When I walk away I hit Ctrl Shft eject (or power) to put the display to sleep but the systems never sleep. I have the security and privacy set to require password immediately on display sleep for those needing such security.

It's a no win situation but my theory is this. I have never witnessed a light bulb burning out while it's on. Only when turning it on.
 

Jack Parker

macrumors member
Jan 14, 2015
64
1
I only restart it as needed, too. Otherwise, it's in Sleep Mode. (It's a mid-2007 iMac. Replacing it with a new iMac next month and will do the same thing.)
 

Command

macrumors regular
Jan 23, 2015
184
81
USA
I always shut down every night in case a power failure occurs.

Guess that sounds logical. I don't think of it because my iMacs have a battery backup and the MacBookPro... well. Mini is on its own, however. Never an issue. Been spinning since 08.
 

AppleFan360

macrumors 68020
Jan 26, 2008
2,213
720
I shut down at night. No reason whatsoever to have it in sleep mode especially since it boots up in like 15 seconds.
 

Nermal

Moderator
Staff member
Dec 7, 2002
20,796
4,296
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I last shut down a few months ago to install an SSD. The previous time was probably when going on a plane. In other words, almost never :)
 

OLDCODGER

macrumors 6502a
Jul 27, 2011
962
400
Lucky Country
My Mini gets shut down for holidays and major thunder storms - since early 2009. At my age, eight hours sleep is impossible, so the Mini gets lots of attention throughout a twenty-four hour period.
 

tears2040

macrumors 6502
Aug 27, 2010
401
1
No reason at all to turn it off........ None of my computers for years, all I do is restart when needed and in sleep mode when not using it.
 

yjchua95

macrumors 604
Apr 23, 2011
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GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
Guess that sounds logical. I don't think of it because my iMacs have a battery backup and the MacBookPro... well. Mini is on its own, however. Never an issue. Been spinning since 08.

I don't have a UPS at home, so I've to leave them powered off at night.

At my office there's a UPS, but I still leave it shut down anyway.
 

Icaras

macrumors 603
Mar 18, 2008
6,344
3,393
I run on a UPS, so nope, I never shut down.

The only time I ever shut down is when I'm going on a week or longer vacation.
 

Starfia

macrumors 6502a
Apr 11, 2011
962
697
I restart when I'm feeling problems or glitches, or when installation requires it. I think I only ever actually shut it down when leaving home for over a day or two.
 

0007776

Suspended
Jul 11, 2006
6,473
8,170
Somewhere
I restart when an update requires it. Beyond that I only turn it off if I'm not going to be using it for several days.
 

Sciuriware

macrumors 6502a
Jan 4, 2014
687
147
Gelderland
I worked at a multi-national company with hundreds of computers and printers
alone in the building I worked in.
Some clever guy suggested to save money by shutting down all equipment
every evening. He got a prize ......

2 months later we got a memo to leave all equipment on 24/7 because of the
huge costs of repairing the equipment that wouldn't start up every morning.
The clever guy could keep his prize .....

Btw.: my iMac overcomes power failures:
refer to System Preferences > Energy Saver > [v] # 4 down, on 10.10.1
Good luck.
;JOOP!
 

iBighouse

macrumors 6502a
Mar 11, 2012
664
334
Right now I shut mind down every weekday morning. My den is currently being remodeled (slowly) and it's in the finish-mudding phase. So there's a bit of sheetrock dust that's generated every day while I'm at work and the room is being worked on. I don't want that dust in the iMac, so I haul it off to another room and close the door on it. It's a bit of a hassle, but it would have been an impossible task with my old PC...WAY too many cables and parts. With the iMac, I just unplug the power, coil the cord into the cord hole on the back of the stand and carry it easily into another room. The wireless keyboard, trackpad and mouse all stack together so it's one additional short trip to move them to safety as well. When I get home from work, I reverse the procedure and just allow it to sleep at night because I often get up early and use the computer before work.

I suspect that once I have a permanent home for my iMac in the remodeled den I will leave it in sleep mode most often.

I'm loving this iMac!
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
44,545
943
I usually turn mine off every two weeks, anytime i leave it i usually just put it to sleep. Not sure if this is harmful, what do you guys think?
There are dozens of "sleep or shutdown" threads where you'll find many Mac users run months at a time without shutting down. Either is perfectly fine. One thing to consider is that there are maintenance scripts that run on a daily, weekly and monthly schedule. If your Mac is in sleep mode at the scheduled time, the scripts will run the next time your Mac is awake. If your Mac is shut down at the scheduled time, the scripts won't run until the next scheduled time. If your Mac is always shut down at those times, the scripts will never run, unless you manually run them or change the default schedule. You can manually run the scripts using the Maintidgit widget.
 

Fishrrman

macrumors Penryn
Feb 20, 2009
28,759
12,866
My opinion only.

Since I got my first Mac in 1987, I've always shut it down at night.

There's nothing like "a fresh start" the next morning.

I also keep the Mac and peripherals plugged into power strips/surge protectors. After I shut down the Mac, I reach down and turn the power strip off, as well.
 

foobarbazqux

macrumors regular
Apr 17, 2014
124
60
The only time I ever shutdown any of my computers is when I need to do maintenance on them or when I'm going on vacation. I haven't routinely shutdown any of my computers in years.
 

e93to

macrumors 6502a
Jan 23, 2015
824
184
Toronto
I put my iMac to sleep unless I'll be away from my computer for more than 2+ days. And I just leave it on when I'll be away from my computer for a couple of hours.
 
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