Why you should stop turning off your computer at night

Ahmed Bilal
Posted 2 years ago

I feel guilty for not giving my laptop any rest throughout the month and I don’t even consider turning my laptop off once a week when it’s almost working tirelessly the entire week. I guess it’s about time that I realize, and I am somewhat glad I didn’t shutdown my laptop everyday, because the whole process of rebooting your computer has its own risks associated with it. So the next time your laptop starts warming up a little put it on a cooling pad instead of shutting it down for a while.  xsshot50e5ddc6a2de5.jpg.pagespeed.ic.FxEtts1ELx

‘Hibernating’ and ‘shutting down’ your computer may not be as good for your computer as you think

This whole process of switching your computer on and off again and again can stress it out and can severely effect its working capabilities. Looking at it this way a very good question arises in one’s mind as to what should be done to enhance the working capabilities of their PC and how is turning it on and off related to all this.

This question was asked by ‘Simon Hill from Digital trends’ to the experts of this particular category. “It depends on how often you use it,” this is what he received as their answer to the query under consideration. Steven Leslie, a Tech support guy from Geek Squad said this to Simon Hill. Geek Squad is basically a group of computer technicians that works 24/7 in US.

“If you use your computer multiple times per day, it’s best to leave it on. If you use it for a short time – say an hour or two – just once a day, or even less, then turn it off,” says Leslie.

But what exactly is the difference in the level of stress on computer if it is switched on continuously and when it is continuously rebooted every now and then. Switching it on continuously gives the computer a constant stress depending on whether you are overloading it with over stressing programs or not. On the other hand, if you are turning on your computer every day in the morning or for several times a day, and you still expect it to function pretty well for several years then the small surge of power that works to make everything in turn works properly will eventually be exhausted and will be left with a shorter life span than expected.

“Some items have a limited life cycle. For instance, if the [LCD] panel is left on all the time, it’s only spec’ed for about 15,000 hours, or about two years. For this reason, it’s good to let the panel time-out and turn off when not being used,” HP’s Ajay Gupta, Director of Notebook Product Management and Commercial PCs, told Digital Trends. “The battery and hard drive also have a limited life cycle. Allowing them to turn off (or sleep) and spin down when not being used will extend the life of these components.”


The whole story is explained by Hill as follows:

“There’s still debate about the impact of shutting down and starting up modern components. To many, the very concept that shut-downs and start-ups create extra stress is dated, based on old components and mechanical parts we no longer have in modern systems. Leaving that argument to one side, there are some solid reasons for leaving it on or turning it off that aren’t up for debate.”

These reasons appears to be no-brainers in most scenarios. It all depends on whether you want to use your PC all day round with updating the softwares continuously throughout the day or else you want to save the electricity or be nice to the nation. However to have a reboot once in a while is still significant to some extent. Since this ensures the proper and improvised performance of the machine you are using.

Also, getting your computer to sleep rather than hibernation is a way better option since hibernation gets your device to wear and tear almost similar to as switching it off and on does. This is exactly what happens behind the screen you work on.

“Sleep is fine because it puts the computer into a low power state without turning it completely off,” says Steven, “In hibernate, your computer stops using power and resumes where it was when you put it in that mode. Hibernate is a less desirable option because it produces wear and tear that is similar to start and stop.”

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