"Sleep" or "Shut Down" ?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by LaCosta, Jun 19, 2016.


Sleep or Shut Down?

  1. Sleep

    6 vote(s)
  2. Shut Down

    2 vote(s)
  1. LaCosta, Jun 19, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2016

    LaCosta macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Is it better to Sleep or Shut Down if the machine is not used for an extended period?

    What occurs when the machine is shut down....does it clear the cache and all? Does it at the same time run the hard drive a bit harder when it goes through the reboot process?

    I have a 27" iMac with a 2TB fusion drive.

  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Hard drive won't spin up at all in sleep. Remember with a fusion drive, the spinner only kicks in when you accessing something on that part of your drive. Mostly it just sits idle whilst you use the SSD portion.
    Running a late 2012 iMac here with fusion drive that's only never been shut down. Restarted a few times with software upgrades, but that's about it.
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Sleep. After a while it'll go into deep sleep anyway
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    There's not really a need to shut down modern computers unless there's an update or issue that requires a reboot.

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