Windows 10: Which battery critical behaviour is more secure:shutdown or hibernate?

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  1. Posts : 121
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       30 Apr 2017 #1

    Which battery critical behaviour is more secure:shutdown or hibernate?


    Dear forum readers,

    Today I decided to disable hibernation on my system, and I set my battery critical action to shutdown.

    However, while I don't like the idea of Windows dumping gigabytes on my SSD, I'm not convinced it's worse than a system shutdown in a critical battery situation.

    Imho, the most interesting one would be the one that requires the least power to complete, but which one is it ? Whatever it is, the operation should better finish before battery is out...

    I suppose the system shutdown when battery is critical is equivalent to "shutdown /s /f /t 0", but time and power drain may vary depending on what is running. Maybe there can even be cases where the shutdown is significantly delayed or even interrupted by some driver.

    On the other hand, hibernation writes a huge amount on the disk, which can be even bigger if some big program is running, which would be power consuming too. Moreover, I don't know to which extent it can be delayed/interrupted.

    Any thoughts ?
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  2. Posts : 6,392
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 Apr 2017 #2

    NovHak said: View Post
    Today I decided to disable hibernation on my system, and I set my battery critical action to shutdown....
    Imho, the most interesting one would be the one that requires the least power to complete, but which one is it ? Whatever it is, the operation should better finish before battery is out...
    As you can set a value for the critical power level, you can ensure there's enough power to complete either. In the Advanced power settings for my power plan I have mine set at 5%.

    Personally I like to use hibernate so that I can carry on from where I left off once I can plug in the power supply. Been doing it that way since Windows 95, through XP, W7 and now W10.
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  3. Posts : 121
    Windows 10 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       30 Apr 2017 #3

    Since W95, really ? Considering how unstable it was back then, you must have experienced your share of problems...

    My critical power level is 5% too, it's likely the default.
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  4. Posts : 6,392
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 Apr 2017 #4

    NovHak said: View Post
    Since W95, really ? Considering how unstable it was back then, you must have experienced your share of problems...
    Not really, only when the battery was beyond its useable life. A healthy battery gave no problems. My default way to 'shutdown' was always to close the lid and hibernate. In 95 the reliability of hibernation very much depended on your OEM, mine was Toshiba and seemed to be OK.

    Windows 95 supports hibernation through hardware manufacturer-supplied drivers and only if compatible hardware and BIOS are present.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibern...rosoft_Windows
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