Sleep or shut down?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 88888888, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008
    I usually never turn off my computer. I just put it to sleep mode. Is it better to shut it down every night? or putting into sleep mode is fine? :confused:
  2. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Doesn't really matter. Some people might say restarting puts strain on the battery but I don't know about that.

    Choose whatever you want. People on here prefer sleep I think.

    I chose to shut down everytime though.
  3. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    This is an age old question that will probably spark a lot of responses.

    So here's my answer... sleep. It's rumored shutting down and starting back up will wear on the drive. Whether or not that's true, I don't know. Frankly I don't care, but it's really just more convenient to put my Mac to sleep. Much faster to wake up and get going!
  4. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008
    yea im just wondering, which one would be better for my battery and computer.
  5. rlm22b macrumors member


    Mar 8, 2008
    I had heard some things about the strains of shutting down computers a lot. I used to shut down all the time seeing that I was used to it with Windows, as of late though I only sleep my MBP. I've gone up to a week without shutting it down(Did it on accident :() and it runs just smooth as a fresh boot. I'm at 5 days without shutting down at the moment. Bypassing the boot process is another plus.
  6. bandaros macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Never heard of the HD wearing down thing - interesting if it's true...

    I just put mine to sleep as well - faster to wake it up rather than boot it cold...
  7. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Anyone else have more problems with lockups and kernel panics on their intel machines than ppc waking from sleep?? I'm just having terrible luck with my MBP, especially with USB devices and sleep/wake causing kernel panics. The thing can't go a week without one or two. My little powerbook chugs along for 2 weeks at a time between restarts (updates usually) before it even starts acting a little sluggish. This is a new penryn mbp too. I'm thoroughly disappointed.
  8. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    I've had a G4 iBook, MB 2.0, MB 2.2, MBA 1.6, and MBP 2.5; all of my machines go for weeks on end with no glitches or "sluggishness" and I sleep all of them. I've also never had a kernel panic related to sleep, or waking up. And I've used all of mine in a "docked" way as well: plugging/unplugging power, usb devices, bluetooth controllers, and external monitor while sleeping and awake.

    No problems at all.
  9. tdevers macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2008
    I usually just put mine to sleep. It goes a week or two before restarting. At least until recently when my mouse disappears when waking from sleep. Its still there, just not visible.
  10. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    This disappoints me. Not that you have no problems, i'm happy about that, but that I AM haha This is my replacement MBP bc my first one kept having power issues. I don't think I've had a KP since 10.5.4 so maybe it was a software issue. Think I should call Aplcare if it happens again tho?
  11. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Yeah I'm having the mouse problem too!!
  12. bamaworks macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Lexington, KY
    Hmm... I never have a problem with sleep on mine.
  13. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    Another vote for sleep. I like the quicker response time that sleep offer vs shut down
  14. dtblaze macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    Sleep 24/7 and restart or shut down like at least once a month is proper i think.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The only time I've ever shut down my MBP, iBook, Powerbook was when I traveled, i.e., going to the airport. All of my laptops lasted years with no tale tell sign of excessive wear.

    With the advent of the SSD, it makes sleeping even easier and less risky (no hard drive to crash).
  16. croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    I do that, but weekly instead of monthly. I have not noticed any change in performance. I'm just so used to rebooting often with Windows...
  17. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Why would you say this? Isn't the HDD spun down and parked in Sleep mode on Macs as it is in Suspend mode on a Windows laptop? How is that functionally different from Hibernate or Power-Off in terms of the hard drive (I know the differences elsewhere).
  18. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That makes no sense at all. Sleeping is not futile, whether you choose to do it or not.
    There is no "proper" method. Some only use sleep and never shut down or restart for months at a time, with no negative effects.
    Resurrect a 2 1/2 year old thread to post a link to a 2 1/2 year old article. How "current" of you!
  20. jimba macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2010
    I usually put my mbp on sleep during night time and shut it down only if I plan not using it for like 2 days or if I have to take it somewhere. I guess I'm doing fine :D
  21. BigMoo macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Use mine throughout the day and when im not using it i just put it to sleep, then when i go to bed i just plug this bad boy in to the AC charger. Wake up the next morning unplug and do it all over again, works just fine for me. I only restart it for major updates, that's about it.
  22. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    I usually have mine on sleep but I do a shut down on those rare occasions when I'm not going to use it for a few days. I think there's some advise given in the MBP's accompanying manual.
  23. aCondor, Jan 3, 2011
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    aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    It's probably just a force of habit learned from my father ("Turn that TV off! You'll wear out the bulb! Turn the computer off! It only has so many hours! Turn off that... and that...!") but I always turn things OFF when I'm not using them.

    Sure it may be convenient to have your laptop in sleep mode 24/7, but somewhere in the back of my mind I'm subconsciously counting down the seconds until my electronics "expire." It's a rough life.

    Haha. I just noticed this thread is from 2008... I hope the OP sees this and his/her question is finally answered. :rolleyes:
  24. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    I restart my Mac whenever I get 1MB of swap because I'm afraid it's going to hurt my Vertex 2. Seriously, lol.

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