I am in the habit of unplugging anything that is not in use in my house. The only things I leave plugged in indefinitely are the refrigerator, microwave (the connection is behind the refrigerator), and any lights controlled by switches (I don't think disengaging this would do anything anyway given the physical properties of a switch). However, the TV is unplugged until I need to use it, lights that go through an outlet are unplugged until I need them, as are peripheral chargers like for my cell phone or even my external backup (mostly because if a power surge occurs, I don't want my comp to fry as well as my external backup). I unplug with two missions in mind: conserve energy (save me money!) and prevent anything from being destroyed or otherwise damaged if a power surge were to occur (I have surge protectors, but we should all know they aren't foolproof--as my last computer can attest to).
So, I want to, whenever I turn my computer off, disconnect the entire surge protector from the wall. Now, this requires me to crawl under my desk and do that, which is not the most comfortably daily process to go through twice (plug in in the morning, unplug at night). Obviously, the best way to prevent damage from a surge is to unplug it. However, I've come to terms that it is probably less likely than I'm making it out to be, so I'm willing to leave my computer plugged in for the sake of comfort and ease of use (and this also depends on the weather going on outside). But my question involves whether unplugging entirely is good for the computer or not. I wonder if turning all power off to the computer on a daily basis is healthy for it. I don't see a reason why it shouldn't be, but I feel a bit iffy about cutting it every day. When I turn off my computer, I shut down the computer through the Start Menu, then I flip the power supply switch, wait for the light on the mobo to turn off, then flip the power off switch on the surge protector (of course turn monitors off before all this), then disconnect from the wall. I worry that putting a surge of power every morning through the mobo might not be the best regular practice for it.
So, I am wondering if it is detrimental at all to cut power entirely to a computer and restore it entirely on a daily basis?
Also (I'm sure there are already articles about this on BC, but I have done research on this and found "inconclusive" results), I'm curious if powering down hard drives every day is harmful for the drives instead of leaving them spinning. I've seen quite the number of mixed reviews on this topic and found nothing satisfactory to either side.
Edited by HamSandwich, 20 January 2010 - 12:25 AM.