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Hibernate vs. Standby vs. Shutoff

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#1 Guest_fuzzywuzzy6_*


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 05:22 PM


Luvkitty had started a topic in the Vista section on how the various methods of shutdown (hibernate, standby, shutdown) affect her pc and whatever security scans she might be running. Usasma et cie answered her questions quite helpfully, but suggested I start another topic here for XP (I have SP3).

I am asking these questions in very general terms, and not relating to whether there may be malware already installed or application problems, etc.

What are the relative merits of standby vs. hibernate vs. shutdown? What are the relative problems? I am talking about when one is ending a session on a theoretically healthy pc. I understand that pc's as currently designed do not use nearly so much energy as they did 5 or 10 years ago, so setting a pc on low power usage options is not really necessary. Do standby or hibernate options pose a security risk, if the pc is left on for longer than necessary (say a few hours or a day)?

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:18 PM

Well in the other thread they are talking about a desktop
To me, using either on a desktop is a waste of time and resources
I feel it's better to use the energy settings to power down the hard drive and monitor after a set idle time
If you're using a laptop and are moving place to place and need to access the computer quickly and don't want to wait for reboot, I'd use Standby
Standby will use up your battery quicker than Hibernate
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