To "Jay M"
Please email me at email@example.com if you ever find out what they are and which is better, because I too have often wondered the same thing.
I do not know what goes on within the system when you go into Hybernation. I am almost thinking it goes into a really deep sleep kinda sorta.
And as for standby? heck if I know.
I started out on computers with a PowerPC Mac with 5+ years of that before finding out how a PC runs. I started out with this computer thing in 1997. Before that, I wanted little or nothing to do with anything computer related!
Since, I have built and upgraded and who knows what computer. I have every OS since OS 7.1 to 8.1 Mac and every OS from MS-DOS 5.0 to XP Pro and everything in between.
My favorites are WinNT4, Win98se & Win2000Pro and want Nothing to do with anything XP!
Below is my little input, but has nothing much to do with your question, per se .....
Do you leave your car running or shut it off? The Worst thing that you can do to your car is Start it! The worst thing you can do to a diesel engine, is start it. So, do you leave it running? Of course not.
How long do you want that hard drive to last? Do you like the information you now have on that hard drive? Of course you do.
Shut down when you are not using, it is just wise investment!
Also, shutting down alows your computer to reconfigure when it starts up.
Your computer is not human - it doesn't know whether 24 hours have past or 5 minutes have past by. Sure the clock knows, but it doesn't tell the rest of the system this knowledge. The computer is a machine, pure and simple!
The Macintosh computer was made to restart and shut down. So is the PC.
Have you ever noticed the people who tell you to leave it on are also people who sell computer parts? humm, wonder if there is any correlation there?
Sorry to add to the mountain of discussion here. But I do have a question for which I'm not seeing an answer.
I'm a relative newbie and I find this particular forum fascinating in all the well-presented pros and cons on turning the computer on or off.
I just went through the 273-post thread below and several other. But I was unable to determine what the difference is between HIBERNATION and STANDBY. I have XP at home and these options are both available. I have used HIBERNATION and found it similar to shut down: I had to press the PC power button to get going, although it started right up where it had left off. STAND-BY lets me use the mouse or keyboard to 'wake-up' the computer.
Which is better?