Should I turn off mac or just let it sleep?

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  1. jgo78 macrumors 6502

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    i use it everyday but i don't want to shutdown, is there any adv or disadv to shutting down or just let it sleep?

    thanks
     
  2. iemcj macrumors 6502

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    Let it sleep. One of the biggest points of strain on a computer is when it shuts down and restarts, going from no current to LOTS of current instantly is not something it enjoys. Let it sleep my friend. Only turn it off if you're not going to be using it for like a week.
     
  3. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    I leave my computer on as much as possible. Its much faster to resume work, plus you can pick up right where you left off. I don't think there are any negatives to leaving it on. Its designed to be used.
     
  4. jgo78 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that's what i was thinking as well, kinda like starting a cold car.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I don't turn either of my iMacs off unless I'm going away for vacation.
     
  6. firedept macrumors 603

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    I never turn mine off. It goes to sleep when I am away from it. Only time I shut it down is if I am required to for an upgrade. Never had any problems due to it being on all the time.
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The odd reboot will keep it running smoothly but I wouldn't bother anymore than once every month or so.
     
  8. jgo78 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yea, that's true
     
  9. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    If you have an SSD HD especially, there would be little reason to turn it off and not just let it sleep.
     
  10. Max(IT) Suspended

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    Just reboot it every week or so .... let it sleep
     
  11. whodatrr macrumors 6502a

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    A power outage is about the only time my iMac gets turned off.
     
  12. Brandon Ess macrumors member

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    Relatively new iMac owner here... How do I tell when my iMac will go to sleep? I've followed the instructions on the page below, but I don't have a slider to adjust the sleep time, only when to turn off the display.

    https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21709?locale=en_US&viewlocale=en_US

    I usually just walk away and let the display eventually turn off, but I don't think it's going to sleep.
     
  13. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    You can always put your Mac to sleep manually. Just press Control-Eject, then press the letter S.
    Or, Choose sleep from the Apple menu.
     
  14. Brandon Ess macrumors member

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    Yeah I get that, but is there a way to configure "If my Mac is idle for 30 minutes, go to sleep"? Because I don't see a setting anywhere to configure that.
     
  15. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    That setting was removed for newer hardware. The computer will still sleep, but based on its own decisions and no longer the user.
     
  16. bankshot macrumors 65816

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    On the iMac, the Energy Saver preference pane has an option Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off. I would assume that when unchecked, the computer will sleep at the same time as the display - therefore the display sleep time is equivalent to the computer sleep time. This is different from my Mac mini, which has separate sliders for display and computer sleep.

    I have not tested this because I keep my computer running 24/7, and therefore have the above option checked. Can anyone confirm that when unchecked, the computer sleeps at the same time as the display?
     

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