should i turn off my mbp before traveling w/ it in a backpack

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  1. kspiegel macrumors newbie

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    i recently bought a macbook pro 13" and I'm not quite sure if it matters or not to have my notebook off before i travel with it in a backpack. is it fine if i just let it go to sleep first and have the hard rive not spinning but the comp in seep mode? not sure ... please help!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    SLEEP is okay, as only the RAM is powered during sleep, thus no part is moving.


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  3. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    I travel 2 hours each day with my macbook in my backpack (I use the bike and public transport). I've been doing this for 6 months. My siblings have been doing this even longer. So it's not a problem.

    FYI I just close the lid, that's all. I don't put it in sleep mode first.
     
  4. Shrink macrumors G3

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    What's the difference if you put it to sleep first and then close the lid, or just close the lid. Either way, it goes to sleep, right??:confused:
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    It goes to sleep either way, but the difference is less clicks when just closing the lid.
     
  6. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    I always turn off my laptop before putting it in the bag. The laptop may not sleep and remain on causing heat issues. Why risk that just to save a minute waiting for it to boot up?
     
  7. arjen92, Feb 3, 2012
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    Although you make a valid point, it takes me too much time. If I would turn it off every time I moved, I would have to turn it off 3 times a day. That takes 3 minutes every day. That's 15 hours a year wasted on shutting down you mac(if you have 60 days of vacation). Ofcourse, that's exaggerated.

    However, I do have to wait half a minute just for my macbook to shut down, I actually have to wait for my macbook because it's the first thing to go in my backpack. Half a minute is important when running out of time (because you need to catch the train). And I just want to move on, I don't want to wait for my macbook, I want to have lunch.

    If you take into account that all the time me and my siblings have been doing this and none of our MacBooks broke, I think it's reasonable not to wait for it.

    Also, your backlight turns of when you close the screen. When it doesn't turn off, you know it didn't go to sleep and you can do something about it. This way, the chances of your macbook heating up is almost nil.

    Ofcourse, if you have the time, you can do it. But for me, there's no good ground to shut the macbook down.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    In six years with an iBook, MacBook and two MacBook Pros, only once did my MacBook not fall asleep. I can live with these odds. And even if an Intel Mac notebook awakes in an enclosed space and has not enough air to breathe, it will shut itself down to prevent overheating.
     
  9. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    If you're comfortable with the odds and don't mind paying the repair cost when it does happen, then that's your choice. But keep in mind that it does happen.

    http://lindauermacs.com/wordpress/2011/07/01/prevent-mac-laptop-overheating-in-your-carrying-bag/
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    I don't have any BT mice or keyboards and BT is off most of the time, thus I don't have that problem.
    And the odds are in my favour, I mean I must have carried my Macs at around thousand times in the past seven years, only once my MacBook awakened. I can live with these odds.

    But to each their own. Have a good evening.
     
  11. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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  12. barredfreak macrumors 6502

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    I've done this numerous times and your Mac will automatically go to sleep whenever you close the lid. The probability of this not happening is very low, so don't count on it.
     

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