Computers have the ability to sleep, hibernate or shut down. People have different ways of using their PCs. While some have the habit of shutting them down and not using the sleep or hibernate functions, some also leave their computers running 24 hours a day.
Here, we discuss the difference between the three and when it’s best recommended to use them.
Well, sleep or standby, puts your computer an off-like state and enables you to pick up exactly where you left off after a few seconds, meaning you won’t have to wait a long time for it to reboot. However, as you may have noticed, we termed it “off-like state.” That’s because despite that state, it still continues to use battery; hence, it’s quite common to go back to a “sleeping” PC and find it already lifeless.
Sleep is recommended if you’re stepping away from your computer for only a short period of time. Examples of these would be when you are going to eat a meal, use the bathroom or run a nearby errand. Putting your pc to sleep would save you both battery and electricity and once you’re going to use it again, you can easily resume from where you left off.
With hibernate, your computer saves its current state to the hard drive, dumping RAM contents into a file on its hard drive. Hence, upon booting up the computer, the previous state from your hard drive will be uploaded to your RAM. This process enables you to save the state of your PC including all open data and programs. While it takes longer to reboot, it employs far less power because it consumes a similar amount of power as that of a shut-down device.
If you are working on a project but you need to turn in for the night or you’re going on an errand that you know would take you a couple of hours or more than half of the day, hibernating your computer would be the most ideal thing to do so you can save battery power and electricity. This is most especially useful if you wish to save battery power of your laptop that is not plugged in.
Shut down is probably the easiest to understand. Clicking on it would close all your running programs and shut down your computer system. Using virtually zero power, your battery’s energy is very much conserved. However, once you will use your computer again, it will take you the regular booting up process where you have to wait for a longer time compared to Sleep and Hibernate.
While rebooting your computer from a hibernate mode takes longer than sleep, it’s nothing compared to shutting it down; thus most people will most likely prefer this function to use on their laptops instead of a complete shut down. Be that as it may, there are some devices that do not exactly work well when resuming from hibernate mode so they may opt to shut down their PCs or laptops instead. This is especially common for Windows computers which occasionally need a reboot.
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