Discussion in 'iMac' started by brosx3, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. brosx3 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Im inexperienced when it comes to apple desktops. I just purchased the iMac. Do you guys shut down the machine every night? Keep it running all day? What is the best way to handle it?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There are dozens of threads on this, and what you'll find if you read them is that it doesn't matter. You can leave it running without shutting down for months at a time with no ill effects.

    Is it 'bad' to never shut an iMac down, but instead sleep it?
  3. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I keep my iMac on 24/7. I even left it on during a 10 week trip this past spring. I continuously synchronize all the data I use on my MBA through dropbox back to my iMac. From there it is double backed up in the house, and to the cloud. This keeps all my data safe even when traveling.

  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    The answer is on page 16 of your owners manual where it says:

    Putting Your iMac to Sleep or Shutting It Down

    When you finish working with your iMac, you can put it to sleep or shut it down.

    Putting Your iMac to Sleep

    If you‘ll be away from your iMac for less than a few days, put it to sleep. When your iMac is in sleep, its screen is dark. You can quickly wake your iMac and bypass the startup process.

    Personally my 4 year old 2007 iMac is left on 24/7 and I have the display set to sleep after 15 minutes of non use. The machine is a stable today as it was when I got it.
  5. xmnj macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    I leave my iMac on 24/7, I actually have it set to go to sleep after 2 hours. I did the same with my 2007 Macbook Pro when it was my main computer. You should be fine with leaving it running 24/7
  6. RichardBeer macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2009
    Either way works as people above have stated. Due to the way that metal contracts and expands when heated and cooled, you could possibly get 'chip creep' (chips dislodging from where they are soldered) by turning it on and off but thats an almost none existent possibility in modern systems.

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