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Who switches off their Mac overnight?


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Not sure about other people but every morning before work I always have a quick scan of the news, read latest RSS feeds and play iTunes while I'm getting ready for work.. Not that boot time is a problem but find it easier just to put the machine to sleep at night rather than switch it off.

Anyone else do the same? Could it cause problems later in the future?
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No need to turn it off. Just let it sleep like you are doing. I have been doing this for over 3 years now.
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Either is fine. I never shut mine off, but they always sleep. I use to be in the camp of just leave your computers running 24x7, but as I have gotten older and wiser I now tell people to power them down or put them to sleep. It won't hurt anything leaving them on, but you are just wasting power.
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I never switch my iMac off. Just put it to sleep!
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I shut mine down every night.
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I only shutdown on Friday ...for the weekend, otherwise I put all the Macs to sleep for overnight...That way they can DREAM...
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The Macs in my house are generally turned off at night, except the eMac in the living room because it is used so frequently, I just let it go to sleep.

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What would they dream of? .. PC's?

Turn mine off at night.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Like mdfuller, I used to let my iMac run 24/7, rebooting every two weeks or so as a maintenance thing.

Then I read a lot (mainly here!) and started sleeping my iMacs, but never shutting them down unless part of a "restore or recovery" thing, ie when solving a problem (rare).

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I shut my two Macs down every night.
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Thanks guys.. Sleepy Mac it is. Have got 4 external drives always connected however I can power them down from the drives...
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iMacs suffer a lot of optical drive failures. I wonder if laving them on 24/7 has any bearing on this?

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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I like to let my MBP sleep from time to time, it does dream too, it scuffs it's lid back and forth while it's dreaming of chasing and hunting down the ms logo.

Usually I do turn it off though as it boots up in like 15 seconds.

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Switched off. Every night. Don't get why people don't shut them down. They don't take any time to boot again.
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Could it cause problems later in the future?
Doubt it could cause problems later in the past, or earlier in the future.

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I shut mine down every night.
Same here. And I only flush the toilet when there's something in it besides clean water.
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