Restart Wear and Tear

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by barr08, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. barr08 macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I know I'm not the only one who restarts a few times a day, switching between os x and xp on their beloved mac. I have always wondered, however, if the very increased number of restarts an intel computer with boot camp goes through could damage the computer over time, or shorten it's life significantly. I know the startup process takes a lot of electricity and is very intensive on the computer and it's components. Any thoughts?
  2. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Just think of it as running an intense application on the system. The wear and tear would be the same as running a program like iSquint, or something more hardware intensive.

    Powering off and powering on, are the only things that I can think would wear things out quicker. That is because you are giving, and removing power to the circuits and capacitors on your system. A restart (where the power stays on the entire time) is much easier on most systems.

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