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Know Which is Better - Turning the computer off or leaving it running
What is better for my computer? To turn it fully OFF after using it each
time or to leave it in the log off mode? It is used more than once a day.
You'll find techs on both sides of the aisle when asked this question. The
general consensus is that you save wear and tear on your hard drives by not
shutting down and starting up your computer. Each time you shut down and start
up the hard drive(s) have to "spin up". This increases the wear and tear on the
physical components of the hard drive(s). One of us never shuts down, and the
other one does shut down occasionally. In theory, at least, those who leave
their computers running should see benefit from longer hard drive life. And,
when you think about it, we have left things running all our lives -
refrigerators for example!
One caveat. If your area is about to be hit with an electrical storm (severe
thunderstorm) we'd suggest you shut down your computer, your cable modem, and
your router. Even though you may have them all hooked up through a good surge
protector, storms can cause problems. We've personally had routers ruined by a
very slight power surge even though the router was plugged into a surge
protector. Routers and cable modems (from what we hear) are very susceptible to
even minute power fluctuations.
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