Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

standby vs hibernate

Tags:
  • Computers
  • Hibernate
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
Share
Anonymous
August 28, 2005 1:50:33 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

I usually put my computer in standby at night. (Ihave Gateway 835 desktop
with xp). How close is it to being off in terms of power drainage and wear
and tear on computer? Would I be better off putting it in hibernate during
the night or turning it off? What do most of you do?

More about : standby hibernate

Anonymous
August 28, 2005 1:58:45 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

If you are going into standby S3 (sleep state 3) with no fans running, you
are only drawing a few watts of power - just enough to keep the RAM
refreshed. Except for that, there is zero computer activity. If there is a
power failure, you lose what you did not save, as the RAM will clear upon
loss of power.

Hibernate turns off the computer, after saving everything to the
hiberfil.sys file. The computer is actually off. Your unsaved information is
safe.

--
Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User

Quote from: George Ankner
"If you knew as much as you thought you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!"

"larrylook" <noemail@email.com> wrote in message
news:1r-dncS1uYG0XIzeRVn-gA@comcast.com...
>I usually put my computer in standby at night. (Ihave Gateway 835 desktop
>with xp). How close is it to being off in terms of power drainage and wear
>and tear on computer? Would I be better off putting it in hibernate during
>the night or turning it off? What do most of you do?
>
Anonymous
August 28, 2005 2:06:10 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

larrylook wrote:

> I usually put my computer in standby at night. (Ihave Gateway 835
> desktop with xp). How close is it to being off in terms of power
> drainage and wear and tear on computer? Would I be better off
> putting it in hibernate during the night or turning it off? What do
> most of you do?



I turn it off at night unless I'm doing maintenance, but I wouldn't worry
about it and do it any way that's convenient for you. Regardless of what you
do, the computer will probably last longer than you'll want to keep it, and
any difference in power usage is minimal.

--
Ken Blake
Please Reply to the Newsgroup
Related resources
Anonymous
August 28, 2005 2:51:09 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

On Sun, 28 Aug 2005 09:00:25 -0500, "Don Burnette"
<d.burnette@clothes.comcast.net> wrote:

>Hibernate, on the otherhand, writes the contents of where you are to the
>hard disk, and your system physically shuts off. This uses hard disc space,
>and you have to be careful not to try something like booting from the XP cd
>and making changes while you have your system hibernated.

How could you possibly do that? As soon as you hit the power button,
the system comes out of hibernate, so I'd think it shouldn't boot
even if an XP CD happened to be in the drive when it went into
hibernate.

Or am I confused?

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
"What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
"My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
"The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
"I was misinformed."
Anonymous
August 28, 2005 2:51:10 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

Stan Brown wrote:
> On Sun, 28 Aug 2005 09:00:25 -0500, "Don Burnette"
> <d.burnette@clothes.comcast.net> wrote:
>
>> Hibernate, on the otherhand, writes the contents of where you are to
>> the hard disk, and your system physically shuts off. This uses hard
>> disc space, and you have to be careful not to try something like
>> booting from the XP cd and making changes while you have your system
>> hibernated.
>
> How could you possibly do that? As soon as you hit the power button,
> the system comes out of hibernate, so I'd think it shouldn't boot
> even if an XP CD happened to be in the drive when it went into
> hibernate.
>
> Or am I confused?


No, I may be the one confused :) ..

I have not used hibernate, so am not that familiar, I remember reading
somewhere though that you have to be careful not to make any changes, I may
have read it wrong...



--
Don Burnette

"When you decide something is impossible to do, try to stay out of the
way of the person that's doing it."
!