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Is it safe to use standby on my desktop?

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#1 joniebee


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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:05 AM

I could really do with some advice regarding my pc and what to do whilst its not in use.I used to just shut down my PC anytime i wasnt going to be on it,Then i began to put it into standby mode if i was going to be elsewhere for a while,And i thought i had cracked it,Perfect the PC looks like its shut down but is infact taking a nap.The problem is i stumbled upon loads of forum posts saying how its a mad idea to use standby mode as it leads to numerous problems,Aarrgghh,What should and shouldnt i do for the best,Thanks for any help.

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:24 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

It's strictly up to you :flowers:...nothing but user preference.

In my case, I turn on two systems every morn sometime between 0300 hours and 0800 hours (the variation is due only to what my plans are that day).

I'm retired so I have my day to myself. I leave both my systems on until I get ready to go to bed and I never use any of the hibernation or standby functions. I do allow my monitor to turn off if I go 30 minutes without using it...but I don't ever even consider anything but my present scheme. I use my computers as I feel necessary or want to throughout the day (one system is primarily for video-editing, recording TV, editing music) and I seldom have long periods of inactivity for each.

If I leave the apartment and know that I'll be gone for more than 30 minutes or so, I turn them off.

So my guide would be determined by user frequency.

I see hibernation and standby as strategies employed by persons who aren't using their systems consistently...but I could be wrong :trumpet:.


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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:25 AM

I was always under the assumption that standby and hibernate was for laptops,where you turn them on and off a lot during the course of the day and you don't want to wait for the whole boot process over and over. Both options can cause problems.
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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:37 AM

These two modes were initially developed for laptops with the aim of decreasing power consumption when not in use.

"Standby is particularly useful for conserving battery power in portable computers. Because Standby does not
save your desktop state to disk, a power failure while on Standby can cause you to lose unsaved information."


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Posted 17 October 2008 - 03:25 PM

Standby and Hibernate work just fine on a Desktop PC.
The issue is the same as with a laptop - repeated use may eventually generate a corruption of the information in RAM (for standby) or the hiberfil.sys file (for hibernation) and will result in the loss of data.

When it happens to me, I just select the "Delete restoration data" selection and boot back into Windows. I'll have lost what I was currently working on - but all saved changes will still be there.
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