Solved Difference between sleep and shut hard drive down? Tags: Computers Hard Drives Shutdown Windows 7 Last response: January 29, 2013 4:19 PM in Windows 7 Share computernewb January 29, 2013 4:31:45 AM hi i was wondering what the difference was between putting a computer to sleep and having a hard drive shut down (through power options). thanks! More about : difference sleep shut hard drive hang-the-9 a c 288 $ Windows 7 January 29, 2013 12:20:12 PM Sleep usually shuts down the hard-drive as well. It also shuts down or puts in low power mode many other things like the CPU and video card. Just shutting down the hard-drive only shuts down the hard-drive. Best solution groundrat January 29, 2013 12:26:50 PM Share The difference is that the volitile memories are kept powered. Your windows sessions is suspended, not ended. So it takes less time to start back up. In sleep mode most hardware is turned off. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer computernewb January 29, 2013 4:19:42 PM Best answer selected by computernewb. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumSystem shuts down while in sleep mode ForumGraphics/ hard drive shut down ForumWhat do you do to your pc when you're away from it? sleep , shut down ? ForumShutting down and sleep /hibernating issues Forumshut down fan when computer goes to sleep mode ForumPC shut down or sleep over night ForumNeed to shut down hard drive ? ForumMy computer shuts down by itself after upgrading ForumWeird problem, temps drop after sleep mode ForumPC Won't power off when shut down . ForumThe differences between these hard drive ForumSleep mode, or leave running for long periods of time? ForumComputer will not post within "x" time of shut-down (xpost on PSU) ForumLaptop restarts itself immediately after shut-down ForumDo you shut down your PC when not in use? Forum"Reboot and select Proper boot device" ForumBSOD on sleep - INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR ForumCurser is not going down in word ForumHow to full format my laptop hard drive windows 7 without bootable disk ForumHow to bootable the pen drive? More resources Read discussions in other Windows 7 categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Laptops !