The belief that your desktop should work all the time comes from the dawn of the computer era — the 1980s. Back then, computers were made of different materials, and frequently turning them off and back on could potentially damage them. But what about now?
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– When you turn on your computer, it triggers a little power surge that creates some stress on the system.
– Modern computers, be it laptops, desktops, or tablets, are specially designed not to be turned completely off.
– Many of the computer parts have moving parts of their own, and they need time to get up to speed.
– When you shut down your device, it first closes all the programs running on it for all users.
– There are several things you can do as well: they are hibernation and sleep mode.
– Both of them allow you to leave your computer on and save your work while reducing energy consumption.
– Sleep mode conserves energy a bit worse than hibernation, but it allows your computer to start up almost immediately.
– Hibernation is a deeper sleep mode that doesn’t use any energy at all, just like when you shut it down, but takes more time to shake off.
– On Windows 10, you can only use sleep mode by default, and to add hibernation you’ll need to open the taskbar and type power options.
– On Mac, you’ll have a different default mode for desktop and portable computers: sleep mode for desktops, and hibernation for laptops.
– On Mac laptops, there’s also an option to enter a standby mode. The device will automatically enter this state after three hours of sleeping if there’s nothing connected to it, including the charger.
– But keeping your data safe while your computer is on is tricky because there can be power surges or outages.
– Make sure to buy a UPS, or uninterruptible power supply, to save you from headache in case of a power outage.
– It’s a device that will provide an emergency power load to your computer if the mains power suddenly isn’t there for some reason.
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