Ask the Readers: Do You Shutdown, Hibernate, or Put Your Computer to Sleep When Not Using It? [Poll]

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By Akemi Iwaya on September 29th, 2010

Each person has their own way of dealing with their computers when not using them. This week we want to know what you do with your computer when not using it.


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The option you choose will most likely depend on how long you will not be using your computer. It could also depend on whether you are using a desktop PC or a laptop.

Going to be gone for just a short while? Sleep/Standby mode works really well and restores almost instantly. If you are going to be away from the laptop for a while, Hibernate is probably the better choice—or you can just turn your PC off entirely, or leave it on. Everyone has their own style and this week we want to know what yours is. Let us know in the comments!

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Now that you have finished with the poll we hope that you will enjoy looking through some of our articles on this week’s topic.

Hibernation Mode

Sleep/Standby Mode

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/29/10
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