Sleep mode or shut down?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by klb028, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. klb028 macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2006
    Hey everyone. I'm loving my MacBook, but I'm not having as much as time as I would like to play around with it because of work and everything. This brings me to my question.

    When I leave the house, go to work, etc for more than 5-6 hours at a time, is it better to put the laptop to sleep or shut down? So far, I've been shutting down when I'm gone for this long.
  2. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    Well theres not much difference, putting it too sleep for 5/6 hours shouldn't harm your Macbook and it keeps all the Applications open. When I am in a rush instead of watching it shut down and exit applications and stuff I just close the lid and then when I want to use it again open the lid and its ready to go.
  3. DinnyHoon macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    Sleep drains a very small amount of power, but I feel it's worth it to have the joy of instant-on. It won't do the Mac much better to actually shut it down, it just takes up more time.
  4. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    I only shut my MacBook down once every couple weeks to give it a little refresher...other than that, it is always sleeping when not in use.
  5. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    My wife's 2 year old G4 Powerbook sits on the kitchen desk 24/7/365 and has never been shut down except for restarts after software upgrades. Same was true of the Powerbook she had for a couple of years before that. When she's done with it, she just closes it and the main reason she does that is because the cat tends to walk across the keyboard.
  6. pdra05 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Melbourne City, VIC, Australia
    Leaving it on sleep mode for a few hours is fine.. I've been leaving my iBook on sleep mode 9/10 of the time for the past 3 years and it's still good!
  7. klb028 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2006
    Thanks for all of the replies. :) I think I am definitely going to start putting it to sleep more and maybe only shutting down for extreme long periods of time.

    Also - do you leave the charger plugged in when on shut down?
  8. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    If it needs charging.
  9. Akira1980 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2007
    San Diego
    When at home, I keep my MacBook Pro turned on 24/7. I just have the screen shut off after 20min. And if I take it somewhere, I put it to sleep.
  10. cardsdoc macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    Shaker Hts, OH
    What about using "safe sleep" mode? This is a "suspend to disk" mode that uses zero power and retains your desktop as is just like sleep. The only caveat is that it does take a little longer to wake up but not as long as a reboot. By default it only enters "safe sleep" when the battery is very low but you can activate it easily with a widget or change the default sleep mode with some commands in terminal. If it's plugged in at home or work, certainly regular sleep is a better option, but I think anytime your traveling away without power for more than a couple hours, safe sleep is the better option.
  11. Sopranino macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2006
    Alberta, Canada
    You can very safely let the system sleep for extended lengths of time. If you are concerned about data integrity in case the power fails completely (battery goes flat and the wall power is not working) then just make sure that safe-sleep is enabled.


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