QOTD: Do You Shut Off Your PC At Night?

Because of mechanical wear and tear in traditional hard drives and fans, I've never really liked turning off my computing devices. A steady on state is better for the hard drive in the long run.

Just like constant highway drive, stop and go traffic is bad for your hardware. However, all the concern these days for being green and conserving resources have caused me to slightly change my computing habits. Now, I make sure my displays are off before bed, but I still leave my desktop and laptop on almost all the time. The desktop is even protected by two massive UPSes from APC, just in case there's a blackout.

Still thought, I like my equipment instantly accessible at all times.

The question of the day is: Do you turn off your PC at night?

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  • zerapio
    I hate to break it to people here but mechanical wear and tear is negligible unless you're turning the system on/off every few minutes. Maybe a cheap motherboard fails with less stress but from the articles I've seen here motherboard manufacturers take stress and fatigue into consideration when testing.
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  • deltatux
    I've had yet have a hardware that can't last me 8 years and I shut off my systems daily. So to me, leaving the PC is better is a myth and is costing me way too much money than to shut it off. Heck, even if I do leave it on, the cost will be greater to run the systems than to buy a replacement.

    Thus, the "advantages" of turning your PC on constantly has been nullified. Plus, for most PC enthusiasts, they replace their core parts or build an entirely new machine every 2 or 3 years. So, if wear and tear is an issue for them leaving them to turn on the machine, they'll never see the "wear and tear" since they're going to replace it well before their deaths.

    So instead of hurting the environment and your pocket books, turn off your systems at night or if you're not using it for more than 3 hours. Even if you have to leave it on, at least let it do something than sit there idling.
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  • superhighperf
    i leave it on 24/7. i have an old crt monitor that is on it's last leg and if it turns off i need to hit it with a pipe so that it works again. no joke.
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  • tayb
    I don't have a desktop PC at the moment but I put my laptop to sleep every night and unplug it from the wall (as well as the charger from the wall.) I turn it off maybe one or two times a week just to clear up anything but not very often. I can't see a reason for not putting the computer to sleep or standby, it just doesn't make sense not to.
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  • Anonymous
    Most time time my PC is on because I use Windows Media Center. But when I'm done watching TV at night I sometimes put it in sleep mode. It's setup to wakeup when it needs to record.
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  • zerapio
    I hate to break it to people here but mechanical wear and tear is negligible unless you're turning the system on/off every few minutes. Maybe a cheap motherboard fails with less stress but from the articles I've seen here motherboard manufacturers take stress and fatigue into consideration when testing.
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