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Turn off or Keep running

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kylake, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. kylake

    kylake Thread Starter

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    I have always thought that it is better to leave the computer running as opposed to turning it off and on frequently. I mean if I am leaving for a week I turn it off......but otherwise it is always on.
    What are your thoughts.
    Thanks
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    No proof either way but heres a small list of pros and cons to each -

    Always on -
    Pros -
    Can get updates asap.
    No waiting to use the computer.
    Cons -
    Can get hit by lightening a little easier
    Constant running can cause premature failure in some components.


    on then off -
    Pros -
    Saves electricity an off appliance is always better than anything even in power save mode.
    If you also unplug it then it has no chance of damage from storms.
    Cons -
    Boot time
    Have to update on your own when your using the computer.
    Some say on and off causes more ware and tear on hdd's then leaving them on 100% of the time (thats just osmething i have heard but don't 100% believe).

    Really its all a matter of what you like to do. I have 8 computers in my house and I leave about 5 of them on all day long the other 3 go on and off and I see no physical difference between the 2 except for the 3 I turn on and off I have to wait for the boot and I have to deal with updates applying while I am working.
     
  3. kylake

    kylake Thread Starter

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    Thanks for a reply. I had always heard the the heating and cooling of the mobo was hard on the machine.......no proof to back it up....might just be disinformation.
     
  4. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    Turning the machine on and off frequently is definitely more stressful for it.
    There's quite a large differential in the temperature between running and non-running components in a PC, much more so than your average box of electronics.

    Some manufacturers (like Western Digital) use start/stop cycles (rather than hours running) as an indicator of life expectancy.
    If you've ever had a drive fail I would almost guarantee that it was when you started your computer (or switched it off - except you wouldn't know until you switched it back on) and not while it was just running during normal operation.
     
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