You wouldn’t be alone if you felt like going into hibernation mode right now. With the nights getting significantly longer and with a distinct chill in the air, now feels like a very good time to wrap up and hunker down. Sadly, humans aren’t like some of those animals that are able to sleep through the colder months – so on we must plod.
However, one thing you might have heard about before is about hibernating computers. Given how much we use them this can be more convenient than simply shutting down a device at the end of use. But, you might have heard before that hibernation can damage a machine.
In this weeks blog, we get to the bottom of all of this.
Firstly hibernation mode is more common for laptops than it is for desktops. It is designed to conserve power and does that by saving open content to the storage disk of the device. These storage mediums are less prone to data loss. On resuming normal use of the device, anything you were working on should be in the same state it was left in before hibernation.
So hibernation is different from shutting down or sleeping your device – but how do they differ?
When in sleep mode, the computer is in a low-power state. Some parts of the computer are shut down so that they do not use any power. When in sleep mode the device will come back to life quickly, meaning that you won’t have to wait for it to boot up again.
This is the fully powered down state for computers. When a computer is shut down all of the programs are closed and the operating system is shut down as well, meaning that the computer uses almost no power. Whilst using no power is beneficial, it does mean that going through the process of fully booting up a computer for use again can take a bit more time that simply putting one into sleep mode.
So given the differences between these types of dormancy modes for computers, what should you use and when?
There has been discussion before that putting a computer into hibernation mode can damage its hard disk performance over time. Whilst this may have been the case before, with modern machines its possible to use hibernation mode without much of a negative impact. Just be mindful that if you’re leaving the machine for an extended period of time its usually better to do a proper shut down.
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