Hibernate, Sleep, or Shut Down? (Your Laptop, Not You)

Even though it's winter and you might want to hibernate until spring... this post is about the choices you have for your laptop computer.

When it comes to powering-down your laptop computer, it can sleep, hibernate, or shut down:

Each of the three power-down states appears to shut off your computer, but they all work differently.

Some people leave their computers running 24/7, while others shut down computers the moment they step away. (BTW, Pete recommends most users shut down their computers at night.)

Each option has its advantages and disadvantages.  To learn the differences and find out when to choose each, read the How-To Geek's article Should You Shut Down, Sleep, or Hibernate Your Laptop?

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