Sleeping is better/worse than shutting down your Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Alvi, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. Alvi macrumors 65816

    Alvi

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    Hi guys i might get the new MBP once it comes out and i wonder what's better when I'm not using my Mac overnight and so on, turning it off or just sleeping it?
    Apple clearly states in every manual
    What's better for the Computer life? What does sleeping mean? It just turns Hard drives and the screen of or does it save the state of the computer on the HD and it almost turns off? The first time i read i say "Oh BS i'll turn it off every time i don't use it, now i want to know the truth :)
     
  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

    CylonGlitch

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    I only turn off my machine when I have to. Works great. Sleep is perfect, it just stores off all states, and keeps the hardware in low power mode. Then when you lift the lid it wakes everything up in a second or two. Love the feature.
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    If you're using your Mac overnight, then YOU are not sleeping enough! ;)

    The controversy over which is "better" will rage forever. Do what works for you. And get some sleep!
     
  4. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

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    For me personally, shutting down my MBP every night works best. If I put it to sleep, I notice slow downs and pauses/glitches the very next day during use.
     
  5. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    I mostly let my MBP sleep overnight, but do a regular shutdown once a week or so...
     
  6. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    Sleep for me - just close lid. If I were to leave it and not use it for a few days (is this possible) then I would power her down.
     

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