Shutting down vs sleep

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  1. NikkiJayne macrumors regular

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    Today I received my very first Mac, a rMBP. I am in love with it, despite having to google pretty much everything - it can be a rather large learning curve! ;)

    Anyway, since I've only ever owned Windows PCs and laptops I was always taught to shut them down every evening. But do I need to do this now or should I just put my MBP to sleep? What do you guys do?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You will find most Mac users just sleep and only reboot when a software update requires it.
     
  4. insimbi macrumors 6502

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    I sleep mine pretty much all the time. Very rarely do I shut it down.
     
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Even Windows computers don't really require a shut down these days, a reboot every so once and a while won't hurt, but I don't think I've shut down my MBP since I purchased it in Dec, probably years since I did it with my previous Rev 1.
     
  6. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    I don't like waiting a million years for boot times so sleep.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Boot times will be very fast for a rMBP.
     
  8. JTToft, Aug 15, 2012
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    I don't see any reason to shut down my computer unless I'm going to be away from it for an extended period of time.

    Do as you please. Either is fine.

    Oh, and also, I recommend to change the sleep mode from the default where it saves the RAM contents to the SSD.
    If you change it so that it doesn't save the RAM contents to the SSD, it will go to sleep faster and you'll save 8-16 GB of space on your SSD (depending on how much RAM you have). The downside is that in the unlikely event you run out of battery, you won't be able to start where you left off.

    See this if you're interested: http://www.macworld.com/article/1053471/sleepmode.html
     
  9. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    The sleep standby time is 30 days. If you are going to be using it within 30 days, just use sleep.

    If you will be gone for more than 30 days without use, then use shutdown.
     
  10. FatGuy007 macrumors 6502

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    *are, my boot time 13 seconds, so I dont mind waiting 13 seconds.
     
  11. Braniff747SP macrumors 6502

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    Sleep 99% of the time. I only ever restart when I install an update that needs it.
     
  12. BC-2 macrumors member

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    I'm also a first time Mac owner. The rMBP shuts down so fast (about 12 sec) it can shut down and restart before my old laptop (PC) can just go to sleep.
     
  13. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Great, but i don't have one.
     
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    Boot time on my late 2011 is less than 30 sec, under a minute on my Rev. 1
     
  16. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    I never shut down my Mac.
    I restart it once every month but thats it.

    The only time I do shut it down is when it is not plugged into a power source for extended period.
     
  17. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Sleep will save you about 9 seconds....that's about it. No disk heads to park, actually, no moving parts at all. It's up to you.
     
  18. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    I actually very rarely use sleep, only when I'm transporting my computer to another place. Other than that I just let the display sleep during the day when it's not in use and I shut it down at night.

    It comes down to personal preference.
     
  19. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for sleep
     
  20. EyeLoveMac macrumors newbie

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    Honestly for me I prefer to shut down my mac every time when I go to sleep.

    Why?

    Well the rMBP takes 5 seconds to shut down and under 15 seconds to boot up. So why not? I prefer to keep my mac in pristine condition and when I wake up the dream machine I like it looking brand new :D
     
  21. NStocks macrumors 65816

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    They are incredibly fast! 13 seconds or so.
     
  22. warghh macrumors newbie

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    Wow. I've always shut down my computers at night when I sleep. I've done so for my mac ever since I've gotten it.

    Didn't realise so many people just slept theirs.
     
  23. Kasalic macrumors regular

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    I sleep mine 99% of the time. Occasionally I'll shut down, but usually only when Software Update needs it.
     
  24. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    I don't think mine has ever been truly off for any longer than the short time between restarts into bootcamp or the time needed to change RAM or HDD.

    The same applies to Windows. The only difference is that Windows has more frequent updates and they can be quite annoying with "Pleeeeasse let me restart, pleez, pleez." Every 4 hours.

    The difference in modern notebook power consumption is some 0.2-0.4W. Who cares about that. Most devices use more when completely off and plugged in only since there is no hard switch anywhere anymore.
     

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