Poll: Who puts their iMac to sleep or shuts it down?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stevefo, Mar 29, 2013.


Do you put your Mac to sleep or shut it down?

  1. Put to sleep.

    168 vote(s)
  2. Shut down.

    63 vote(s)
  1. stevefo macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2013
    Explain why you shut it down or put it to sleep.

    I decided to put mine to sleep instead of shutting down. I did some investigating on google and have not found any negative effects to the longevity of any Mac computer by putting it to sleep vs. shutting down. I'm just going to reboot it once a week.

    I called AppleCare Support and they suggested that it's better to put it to sleep vs. shutting it down every night. Re-boot it once a week.
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Although i'm a MBP owner now i've owned iMacs. I've always slept my computers. Computers are designed to be on 24/7 anyway so you're not really wearing anything down long term except maybe fans and the HDD which spin up and down frequently. But even then it'll take a long time to wear them down.

    Computers are also much more power efficient nowadays that leaving them on/to sleep has little detrimental effect.
  3. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2013
    Columbia, SC
    Sleep, because it's nearly instant on. However, I would shut it down if I didn't have a UPS.
  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Always sleep. Only reboot when I have to (usually part of a software update).

    There are lots of threads on this topic already. Do a search.
  5. GGJstudios, Mar 29, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2013

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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 when your Mac is awake. If your Mac is shut down, 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.

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  6. Siderz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    Shut down.

    I don't want things to build up in the RAM, and it'll save more electricity than putting it to sleep.

    Also, while sleeping probably doesn't cause much heat, I like to give it a better chance at cooling down more.

    I don't often shut it down when leaving the house for things. I turn it on in the morning, put it to sleep when going out for the day, come back and turn it off when I go to bed.
  7. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I shutdown my 2006 iMac every day, and booted it up every morning, pretty much, for six years. Never had any issues with it.

    Why? I pay the bills. iMac plus second monitor, plus peripherals, even on sleep/standby: it adds up. I reset the schedule of the periodic tasks so that they would be performed when the machine was on.
  8. luminouslight macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2012
    Orlando FL
    I used to shut it down every night when I had my old iMac but now that I have a new 2012 27" inch I find myself just putting it to sleep every night. It's so awesome to turn it on in the morning and have it back up and running in less than a few seconds, its awesome :)
  9. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    It only takes 12 seconds to boot up but I still put her to sleep.

    Why? Seriously, I don't know. I remember reading it here years ago, something about less stress on the components?
  10. azentropy, Mar 29, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2013

    azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
  11. smokeyrabbit macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    Escape from New England
    Never have put any of my machines to sleep or off overnight since OS X 10.2. Even my MacBooks stay on all night. I do have the displays sleep after several minutes and I have a hot corner to sleep the display on demand. The small amount of power they use doesn't affect my electric bill at all compared to the hot tub and pool, especially since I changed my outdoor lighting (on all night) to LED.

    I should say that given only the two choices I would choose sleep, unless we are planning on running the generator due to a power outage.
  12. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    I guess it depends. Me who has fusion drive on iMac and ssd on macbook air i always turn them off if i don't use them for at least 8 hours. If i was having a 5400HDD or 7200 i guess i put them to sleep
  13. itsamacthing macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2011
    I shut down because I'm in a highly networked environment and sleeping tends to disconnect drives and sometimes messes up USB connected drives
  14. richard13 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2008
    Mill Creek, WA
    Neither. But in the past, I used to put my iMac to sleep. The reason I don't is because when I'm in other rooms in the house using my MBP, my iMac acts as a server and I found that waking it from sleep remotely is not something that works reliably. I do have the screen turn off and the HD spin down though.
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  16. Bigtree macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Me too. Going on 7 years no problem.
  17. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    I always put mine to sleep. Only time I turn it off is when an update requires a re-boot or if I am away for the weekend or on holiday.
  18. Ddyracer macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    I sleep mine but thanks to power outs my uptime sucks. There's like one at least twice a month.

    I also have display sleep on like 10 mins but most of the time i use computer sleep just to give the fans a rest. I set my computer sleep to never because i like to control that manually as it can screw up if your exporting or uploading to YouTube.
  19. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    I shut down and unplug when I'm working from my office in town, because my home office is on a farm that has a lot of granite and attracts lightning. The sort of lightning strikes that split enormous trees down the middle. a feeble little surge protector can't stop that. Once I left my fax machine plugged in (to a very expensive surge protector) during one of these ferocious storms as I was waiting for an important fax ... Direct hit, this blue flame from the plugboard on the floor reached the ceiling, totally killed the board and the machine.

    My oldest machines in sig have been turned on and off daily, both still work perfectly, have never been repaired.
  20. Kelsmom18 macrumors newbie


    Dec 26, 2012
    North Carolina

    Same here. ;)
  21. dandrewk macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010
    San Rafael, California
    Late 2012 iMac, using Kill A Watt:

    Normal idle with no open applications: 85 watts
    Heaven app. at Ultra performance settings: 170 watts
    iMac with display off: 40 watts
    iMac in sleep mode: 2 watts

    When booting the iMac from off, the wattage zooms to ~120-130 watts. It takes a few minutes for it to settle down to the 85 watt range.

    Two watts is about the same as a tiny nightlight. YMMV depending on your machine and startup applications, etc. But I suspect it is cheaper to put the iMac to sleep rather than turning it off, unless you plan on not rebooting for a few days.
  22. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
  23. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    We don't turn off clocks.
    No need to turn off computers.

  24. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA

    Once a month I do a very brief shut down and do an SMC and PRAM re-set...just for the sake of doing them!:p
  25. Johnf1285 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2010
    New Jersey
    I've been leaving mine on all the time recently.

    I use Hot Corners to sleep the display, otherwise it is set to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. The hard disks are set to never spin down (a good way to avoid unnecessary spin ups and spin downs).

    According to my UPS, the iMac consumes 5 to 7 watts when the display is off and it is idle. Less than most light bulbs.

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