Sleep or restart for long-term MacBook health

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by powpow, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. powpow macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2004
    New MacBook 2.4ghz owner here.

    I'm wondering if it is better to sleep my computer all day or shut it down and restart it. Basically, I use it for 30 minutes or so in the morning, then a couple of hours at night usually.

    Which option is better for the long-term health of the computer. Which one requires more power?

  2. powpow thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Any particular reason?
  3. haircrime macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2008

    I don't know what the deal is. But people who have been using macs for a long time seem to have forgot what the sleep function is.

    Sure it's all nice and convenient.

    But sleep is nothing different than Standby.

    Ram is powered by the battery. Of course it does not consume a lot. Nevertheless power is used.

    If you are not using your computer for a longer period, it is advisable to either turn the computer of or hybernate. (use the dashboard widget deep sleep to hybernate)

    Otherwise just use Sleep.

  4. christiemp macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2008
    Hah. I'm wondering too. That wasn't a very descriptive response :p
  5. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    This preference panel is also useful to set the preferred mode:
  6. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    Sleep is nice because you have all your applications come up in the same shape, so it's more convenient than shut down. But specifically for the long term health I don't really know what is better.. Some say that Macs are better off not being restarted a whole lot... I am a new owner, so no experience here :(
  7. ryanfong macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    To me this is a weird debate...

    I dunno you guys but if I'm not going to use my macbook for the next couple hours I will defo turn it energy and save components' life cycle..

    What's the harm of turning it off to be honest? :confused::confused::confused:

    it only takes 40 secs ish to turn it on....
  8. cycler15 macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2008

    I believe the OP was asking which option was better for the long term health of the laptop. If you use your laptop a few times a day but go a few hours between usage, should you sleep or turn off? Does turning off and on repeatedly degrade the laptop?
  9. mosx macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2007
    For most components, going into sleep mode has the same affect as powering down then turning back on. The HDD, fan, optical drive, and other parts all get completely powered off when going into sleep mode. So for those components its no different.

    Really, sleep mode is just about convenience for the user. Putting it to sleep often is just as bad for the long term health as shutting the system down often. So it really doesn't matter.
  10. ryanfong macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Sorry my bad, I was talking about my personal situation..
    I need to work during day time so I only use my macbook from 5pm ish to 1am ish, if I go to cook or watch tv etc. I will put it into sleep mode then turn it off before hit the bed..
  11. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    Personally I almost NEVER shut it down. I let it sleep even overnight, or when i commute to my office and back. I think the sleep option is one of the most attractive things about Macs (the ease of closing the lid, then open it and it's instantly on - no wait- and the fact that it doesn't really drain the battery that bad).
    Also, i have one of the spaces set up with a few windows open (i'm translating a book) just the way I like it and I hate to re-open and re-arrange those.
  12. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Deep sleep hacks? wtf?:confused:

    No need to hack the OS, just close the lid. or turn it off. It'll probably use as much power starting up as it uses during the day in sleep mode.

    As far as component lifetime, I have no idea...
  13. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    This article talks about the different sleep modes available. I think the default is Mode 3, but I like Mode 0 - instant on/off (no waiting for disc writing on every sleep).

    As for long term health, the difference, if any, would be very small in my opinion. I'd rather enjoy using my computer in the most convenient way, rather than worry about prolonging its life. It is just a computer after all.
  14. cycler15 macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Very well said.

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