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power: shutdown/hibernate or standby

Hi, very green laptop newbie here, and had some questions about traveling with my laptop...

1) If I was moving my laptop from my home to my work ( a 15 - 20 minute) commute should I shutdown, hibernate or standby my laptop?

2)If I was grabbing my laptop from my office and putting it in my messenger bag and going down to the coffee shop to work on it, is it safe to go into hibernate or standby and travel this way?
3)Is it safe to place the laptop in either mode inside a carry bag such as a messenger type bag and if so for how long before any damgage from battery heat, etc may occur?

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1. I would shutdown or hibernate.

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Standby still draws current...

2. I'd stick with the answer to number 1.

3. Since the unit is not able to disperse heat in a bad, I'd stick with the answer in answer 1.

I can't guess how long till damage occurs. Try it?


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(NT) Sorry for the typo. bad=bag...

In reply to: 1. I would shutdown or hibernate.

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Hybernate here. . .

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Hybernate stores what's in RAM and enables a faster boot. And no power is used. And as far as most are concerned, a fast boot is nice. I power off if I'm done for the day. I hybernate when moving if the trip is short.

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