1.    15 May 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    HIbernate or shut down?


    I've always had the practice of shutting down my home pc/laptop before going to bed. I always used the hibernate option throughout the day while I"m working on it/them. A lot of my friends had their hard drives crashed and always used the hibernate option. This despite the fact that both me and my friends use our machines for hours during the day. I had this weird belief that hibernate reduces the life of hard disk and adds pressure on it. Shutdown keeps it healthy. Few days ago I read that recent computers are best suited for hibernate option and shutdown isn't necessary. My PC has got i3 processor and the motherboard was bought in 2010. It is running windows 10 - 64 bit. My laptop has got an i5 processsor and I bought it in 2014. It is running windows 8.1Should I always hibernate my PC/Laptop or carry on with my practice of shutdown as I finish my day and the use the machine for the last time?
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  2.    15 May 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    UK
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)

    I generally shut down at the end of the day since all my PCs have SSDs and booting from cold is fast. I've turned off hibernate but may use sleep if I'm pausing work at the PC for a while.
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  3.    15 May 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Windows 8.1
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    My hard drives are SATA.
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  4.    15 May 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by archz2 View Post
    I had this weird belief that hibernate reduces the life of hard disk and adds pressure on it. Shutdown keeps it healthy.
    Starting and stopping HDD stresses it, but both hibernate and shutdown do it, so it does not matter. Shutdown is a more reliable option for OS, not to mention, that hibernate can take a little more energy.
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  5.    15 May 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    Starting and stopping HDD stresses it, but both hibernate and shutdown do it, so it does not matter. Shutdown is a more reliable option for OS, not to mention, that hibernate can take a little more energy.
    I only don't want to end up crashing and stressing my hard drive. My only need for hibernate is saving time to start up every heavy loaded graphics software. I use a lot from Adobe's universe and Autodesk's.

    I'm considering the ritual of hibernate as a permanent solution to save my time. I just wanted assurance from an expert like you so that I stay calm about entering this ritual and getting rid of the shutdown before the day ends practice.

    Of course, I'll do a complete restart for the matters of software installs and windows update, but not everyday.

    So, I can do hibernate session that last for a month, and keep my system running for more than one day. Yeah? I mean, in the performance tab of task manager, I can have pc running time as 30 days+ and it will not affect the health of my PC. Right?

    Sorry for being repetitive but I'm little paranoid about this ..
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  6.    15 May 2017 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2016
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Quote Originally Posted by archz2 View Post
    I'm considering the ritual of hibernate as a permanent solution to save my time ... I can have pc running time as 30 days+ and it will not affect the health of my PC. Right?
    I always hibernate, and was doing so for a year with Windows 7 before the free upgrade to 10. I've never had any hardware problems.

    Once in a while there's a software glitch that needs a restart to fix it, but that can happen at any time if you leave the system running long enough, whether or not you use hibernation.
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