Safe to keep Mac Mini running 24/7?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MacNoobGuy, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. MacNoobGuy macrumors 6502

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    hey guys, i just wanted to know if it's safe keep a mid 2011 Mac Mini running 24/7. i use it as my main workstation machine during the day and during the night it works as a streaming movie player.

    because the Mac Mini doesn't have as much ventilation space as a regular desktop, i just wanted to know if this kind of constant 24/7 use would harm the Mac Mini for the long term and reduce its life expectancy?

    thanks!
     
  2. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    Mines been running 24/7 since I bought it from my local Apple store in Jan 2010. It's on a shelf with plenty of cooling space around the perimeter, so as to allow free airflow. Other than that, I've not taken any other precautions.
     
  3. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    Provided....

    you have correct ventilation and stable electric power, I can say you can go as you wish....



    :):apple:
     
  4. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    but isn't it a good idea to put the mac mini to sleep during the night so it has a rest at least?

    thanks!
     
  5. opinio macrumors 65816

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    I have a 2011 2.0 quad that has been running for about two years and a 2013 2.6 quad that been running since march 2013. Both have also seen regular 'active service' with both being pushed days at a time doing video coding.

    I run both of them in a newer tech alloy side stand to give them max potential for cool air.

    Sure if it is not running at night you can put it to sleep. But mine process pretty much 24/7 so they never sleep.
     
  6. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    Mine's been running pretty much constantly since I got it about April 2009. I run it from a properly earthed UPS with AVR (auto voltage regulation).... The only times it has been off are when I have been away for a few days, and when I upgraded the RAM. The handbook suggests it should only be turned off when it will not be used for several days. At other times I just put it to sleep.

    Using an older UPS without AVR and not earthed played havoc with my previous 2005 model, and led to the demise of the power supply, I reckon. The line voltage here in Phuket can vary enormously, and power cuts are frequent.

    When I first moved into my apartment, which is at the end of a power line, often there was insufficient power to kick the fluorescent lights into action! Thankfully the supply has been upgraded since then!!
     
  7. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Do you turn your refrigerator off at night so it can rest? What about your other appliances? Don't they need rest, too?

    Where do these 'ideas' come from? :rolleyes:
     
  8. mike457 macrumors 6502

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    I run mine (same year as yours) in much the same was as you do, and it's on 24/7. My only surprise so far was that when I opened it a few months ago to install an ssd, there was a lot of dust inside the case. I would suggest opening the bottom door once a year and cleaning out what dust you can get at.
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I have a mini and an iMac that are on 24/7. The iMac has been on since 2008, and the mini since 2011. I turn them off when I go on vacation or during a severe storm (and unplug from the wall).

    As long as there is space around the device they will be fine.
     
  10. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    Yes it is.
     
  11. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Not necessary. It won't hurt by putting it to sleep, but unless you were giving it a break from constant max CPU usage it's not really helping either.
     
  12. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    you can stream movies with the mac mini in sleep mode
     
  13. jomobco macrumors newbie

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    Only if it looks like it's dozing off in between :D Give it some warm milk and burp it :)

    I don't think it's a problem: http://hackaday.com/2012/12/09/160-mac-minis-one-rack/
     
  14. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Another related question. To those who have theirs running for years, have you noticed higher a higher utility bill?
     
  15. jomobco macrumors newbie

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    Get a copy of 8/13 MACWORLD . It's got a great article on Eight Mac Energy Myths. A good read.
     
  16. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    Mac minis utilize laptop components and therefore have very low power consumption compared to regular desktops. There are online power calculators but I think it takes $20-30 per year if you run your mini non-stop. Not significant for most users, and much lower if your computer goes to sleep/idles a lot.
     
  17. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Will look for it!

    That's not bad at all. My desktop is a regular PC and I've never had it running 24/7. Might go that route when I pick up the Mac Mini.
     
  18. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    They're very power efficient little beasts and as good as silent too. I live in a studio flat and I can hear the hum of a fanless external drive over my Mac Mini simply because it resonates the desk it's on. You'll be fine.
     
  19. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

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    My 2011 had been on for almost a month before I restarted it today. I usually have music playing when I'm not watching movies/streams. I had no problems with it.

    My 2007 mini, however, needs to be restarted (usually forcefully) about every week, and I am only using it as a router and occasional file server. I can usually tell when it's ailing when my private room network can't access the Internet.
     
  20. opinio macrumors 65816

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    Not at all. The wattage on a Mac mini idling is minimal. 5-7 watts on my 2.6ghz. From memory this is similar o a clock radio.
     
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  22. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely provided it's not sitting on a dirt floor or other overly dusty/dirty environment.

    Keep in mind that these are often positioned as small servers, which are of course designed to be run 24 hours a day year round.
     
  23. MrGIS macrumors regular

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    You're all good. No worries.
     

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