As an I.T. professional, one of the main questions I am asked involves how to properly prepare a computer for long or short-term inactivity.
For long-term inactivity, I recommend shutting down the computer and turning off all monitors. If you will be traveling with a computer — even a short distance to the repair shop — it is important to fully shut down the machine, as hard drives can be quite sensitive, and even the slightest jostle could cause damage. But for short-term inactivity — such as retiring for the evening or leaving for a weekend trip — your computer’s “sleep” mode is a perfectly safe and acceptable option.
Catching Some Zs
I understand that there has been some controversy in recent years about this mode, as well as a larger discussion about whether or not computers should be continually left on. These debates come with sound and valid arguments from both technical and energy-saving standpoints.
The fact is that ‘sleep mode’ may be the compromise between these two polar ideals. This mode saves energy while also reducing the stress placed on your machine each time a full reboot is requested.
So, while I can’t (and didn’t set out to!) put a definitive end to the debate, I can offer my professional opinion about ‘sleep mode,’ and that would be that is a perfectly safe and acceptable option for any computer.
by Enid Ahylhienatta
Residential Life Magazine