iMac, to sleep or not to sleep?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by FurryFoxMacuser, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. FurryFoxMacuser macrumors member

    FurryFoxMacuser

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    I just bought a new iMac and was wondering, should I put it in sleep mode each night instead of shutting it down? Will it hurt anything if I shut it down instead of putting it in sleep mode? I'm only asking because it says in the manual that if I'm going to be away from it for a few days then shut it down but otherwise it may be a good option to put it in sleep mode when not in use. Thanks

    -Dan
     
  2. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a

    Btrthnezr3

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    My iMac is put to sleep between uses, at night and during the day while we are at work/school.

    The only time she gets shut down is during an electrical storm (plus unplugged).

    I've had zero problems with this method so far and I love having an "always on" computer I can come to.
     
  3. mazz0 macrumors 65816

    mazz0

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    Mine just stays on 24/7. That won't hurt it will it? If I put it to sleep then want to watch something on the Apple TV will the Apple TV wake it up?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    It won't hurt it at all. If you have "wake for network access" checked in the energy pref pane the ATV should wake it up for access.
     
  5. Technobable macrumors newbie

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    I'm another one that only puts it to sleep. I only restart after updates, or new app installs (depending on the app).
     
  6. imahawki macrumors 6502a

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    I turn my screen off and spin down the drives but I don't do a true sleep because it is connected via Wi-Fi and I can't access it remotely if its asleep.
     

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