When to put to sleep and when to shut down?

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  1. doxavita macrumors 6502a

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    Someone please explain me in detail when it's best to put a MBP to sleep and when to shut it down.

    Personally, I shut down every night and boot it the next morning.
     
  2. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    this would be helpful to know for me as well good question
     
  3. JoshGlzBrk macrumors 6502a

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    It's all personal choice... It's the same as any other laptop. If you don't want instant boot up but want to save battery turn it off, if you want instant bootup and want the battery to still be in use use sleep.

    There is nothing special you have to do just because it's an apple laptop.
     
  4. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I recall reading that if I don't use the MBP for up to 2 days, then it's best to shut it down.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There's no rule, one way or another. I usually only shut down when installing updates. Otherwise, you can just use sleep whenever you're not using it. Many users here have uptime (time between shutdowns) from several days to a few months.

    Do you shut down your Macbook Pro when you are not using it?
     
  6. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a limit to the amount of time a MBP can be in sleep mode? (like before the battery gets completely drained)
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can leave it plugged in while sleeping. If you're on battery, you'll use somewhere around 1% of battery for every hour in sleep mode. YMMV.

    Apple Portables: Battery terminology and key concepts
     
  8. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The hard drive is not affected differently between sleep or shut down. In both cases, the hard drive is not spinning.
     
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    Technically there'd be less wear on the drive after sleeping since it won't have to reload the OS. However, the difference would be negligible.

    I always use sleep. The only times I've shut down are when taking the computer on a plane or changing hardware.
     
  11. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    I hardly ever reboot. Maybe once every 10 days or so.

    Only time I shut it down is when I fly, or travel long distances in my car.
     
  12. C64 macrumors 65816

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    In the 3.5 years I've had my current MacBook I have actually never turned it off, for more than a few minutes at least.
     
  13. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    Do you guys turn off or sleep when going to work or school and back?
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Sleep when going anywhere.
     
  15. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    I usually shut down or reboot my Win7 machines daily or weekly as a MacOS newbie I am finding it interesting that the Mac seemingly isn`t bothered by long periods of no rebooting as this always seems to cause me problems/instability after a while in Windows.

    I guess I`m also a little paranoid that my system and data are somehow more "vulnerable" when the machine is asleep instead of completely shutdown.
     
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  17. RonShort macrumors member

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    I hardly ever shut mine down... Usually just a reboot when installing updates.

    For me thought my mbp rarely goes unused for more than a few hours. The longest is usually while I sleep..
     
  18. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

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    Sleep all the time, only reboot after software update.
     

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