sleep machine or do you switch it off? (mid 2011)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by parestailor, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. parestailor macrumors regular


    Mar 15, 2011
    London, UK
    so I was wondering do you guys all switch your mini macs off at night or let them sleep? I've switched mine off tonight to let it have a real cool down, it's been on for days and it seems extra hot this evening! you could fry an egg on it! .. for longer machine life? sleep mode or switch off?
  2. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
  3. bt22 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    I never turn mine off... I reboot from time to time, but only put mine to sleep.
  4. Snips macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Suffolk, UK
    I never turn off both my minis.

    I have them set to sleep (drive & machine) automatically, but they frequently get woken.

    Although the 2011 Server model can get quite toasty when active, it soon cools down to near ambient temp when it's been asleep for a short while.

    Lots of people seem to leave them on 24/7 without issues.
  5. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A406 Safari/7534.48.3)

    One mini I shutdown because it's really a Windows workstation, with AHCI enabled so it can't sleep. Another mini is a HTPC so it's 24/7. The rest of my Macs sleep and only get restarted for updates.
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Over night I tend to sleep my iMac. If I'm gonna be gone for a couple of days at least, I'll shut it down.

    I'll also recommend shutting your system down overnight if you're likely to have a power glitch due to weather.

    And there is one other thing.. if you have pets that might be in the room with the computer, shut it down. Cats wandering over your keyboard will wake your computer up.
  7. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    I shut down my Mac mini and other Macs for the night whenever they do not run any tasks. Shutting down Macs when not in use for a prolonged period of time can save electricity (albeit very little in comparison with the sleeping mode) and extend their life span.
  8. iMac mini macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2011
  9. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Imac is on all the time, just restart it now and then. MBP and MBA work on battery power 50% of the time, so sleep, then on charger to cycle the battery and give it some exercise.

    I don't tend to leave the two notebooks on all the time though.
  10. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Never turn mine off or allow it to go to sleep but that's because it also is a media server.
  11. jdreier macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2010
    I'm running a 2006 era mac mini as a htpc / media server. It's been on almost 24/7 no sleep since i've owned it (4 years or so). Still runs great to. I only restart it for various software / hardware upgrades.
  12. Motliest Crue macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    New England
    Mine gets quite hot from playing SC2 but it cools down as soon as the app is closed out. I leave mine on and sleeping all day / night and reboot maybe once every 2 weeks. No problems so far!
  13. donw35 macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2010
    Los Angeles
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Have an iMac, a mini, an MBP, and an iBook. Only turn them off when on vacation.
  15. And macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2009
    92 ft above sea level, UK
    Just let my macs sleep. My Quicksilver had been asleep for a couple of weeks until the cat just walked across the keyboard.
  16. XR7CAT macrumors member


    Feb 29, 2012
    North Dakota
    During the day or when I am at work I usually let my Mac Mini sleep.

    When I go to bed at night I shut it down. The bright blinking light keeps me awake at night!
  17. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    My 2010 mini has a habit of occasionally not waking up my external hard drives (which messes up iTunes, among other things), so I usually shut it down each night.
  18. pat park macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    sleep. I never turn my Mac off. I can't find the on/off switch! :)
  19. dops7107 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2005
    Perth, Oztrailya
    I figure that sleep is most convenient - I use my mini as an HTPC and so I just wake it up when I want to watch telly or listen to tunes. I don't favour leaving it on 24/7 without sleep, as that will shorten the fan's lifespan. I think - or it may just be observation bias: my fan is dead and I am currently awaiting a new one from iFixit.

    Also energy savings are worth putting to sleep. If I go away for a weekend, I'll shut it down.

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