"Sleep" or "Shut Down"?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NJRonbo, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I was sort of shocked when after posting on one of these
    forums that I shut down my Mac Pro after each use that
    someone replied that doing so was harmful to my computer.

    Is this true? Am I better off putting my Mac in "sleep" mode
    instead of shutting it down?

    I know that on PCs, it was never a good idea to constantly
    put your computer in hibernation or standby. Even I noticed
    that after doing so for a few days, Windows just started acting

    ...but this is OS X and Mac Pro. Perhaps I need to rethink
    how I operate my hardware.

    Would love to hear advice on the proper way of turning off my

  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    To summarize: do exactly what the manual says. If you'll be using it within a few days, put it to sleep, but if it will be sitting idle for about a week or more, shut it down.

    ...And don't worry, your Mac won't start acting flaky. Welcome to OS X. :cool:
  3. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2006
    I think you will find that Sleep is the most common answer.
  4. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2005
    Accoville, WV
    Sleep. No need to turn it off and shut it down all the time. I used to do that when I used PC's and since I switched to the Mac, I usually just shut down if I'm gonna be gone a while. I'll also restart when there's an update that requires it.
  5. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I only shut down when I go out of town or if I am installing hardware.

    every so often I have to restart, but this is mainly because my Firewire audio device has issues sometimes when its mad or something......:p
  6. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Appreciate the help guys!

    And Psycho, this is my typing style.

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