Happy Friday everyone! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. Ah, this week's topic: to put to sleep, hibernate, or shut down your PC, is a topic that's long been debated. And this week's question from Andre is not about power consumption/saving energy, but which will best preserve the life of his PC's hardware. For those who aren't familiar with these hibernate or sleep options on their Windows machines, here is Microsoft's own FAQ on the subject.
Windows: Sleep and hibernation FAQs
Now we could probably sit here debating this topic until we all turn blue as to whether one should put a PC to hibernate/sleep or shut down when not in use. But the truth is, for this topic there is no single right answer.
After reading our members' responses to your question, Andre, it seems everyone has an opinion and they are all valid. The best way to make a judgment as to what is best for your PC's life is to read through each and make an informed decision based on our members' recommendations. But just remember, it doesn't have to be one way or another -- as it can be a problem answered by a simple compromise between the two. Good luck with your decision. Thanks everyone for your input! Have a great weekend.
Q: What's the best for a PC life: Sleep, hibernate, or shutdown? I have two Dell desktop computers, one for me and the other for my
wife. We use our computers for a few hours daily, and I'm not sure
what is best to use. In the Windows Start menu, shall I "shutdown"
every night, use "sleep", or the "hibernate" option? What are the
differences between sleep and hibernate options? When it sleeps or
hibernates, does the hard disk still spin at 7,000 RPMs??? Will it make a
difference in hard-drive use and life expectancy in the PC depending
on which method I use? In other words, if I put the computer to sleep
or hibernate every night, instead of shutting it down, am I shortening
its life? Please note, my only concern is shortening equipment life, not
power consumption. Thanks!
Q: Are memory cards a good media to back up your data on?
A question about "backup media"...I've been pretty diligent about making regular backups of all data files on my computers for years. Years ago, I used tape, then zip drives, and for quite awhile now I've been backing up onto DVDs. Lately I've begun a new trend (at least new for me). Since the price of SDHC memory cards seems to be reasonable and both my computers have slots for these cards, I've been backing up onto them for a while now. A 16G card can hold a lot more data than the DVDs.
My question is this: are these memory cards more vulnerable to damage or data loss than DVDs? Is there anything I've missed, or is this an OK process? Also are there any pros and cons to using memory cards as backup media? Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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