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MacBook Pro - Taking Care of MBP


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I have a MacBook Pro - about a year old - 15 inch matt screen, Intel 2.4 GHz Core2 Duo processor. I have very low technology skills/knowledge but I have no problem using my laptop. I have one question: I retired recently and I am at home a lot so I walk by my MBP many times a day and check e-mail and the stock market. Each time I use my MBP this way it's only being used for about five minutes but some days I do that fifteen times! Between "uses", should I just close the lid to put my MBP to sleep or how/what should I do - thinking in terms of what's best for the hard drive and other components? I have two more years of Apple Care but I want to know whats best to take the best care of my laptop. Thanks, Bill.
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How do I delete the second (duplicate) post? Thanks!
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You can leave it on all day and then put it to sleep at night. It's meant to be used as a desktop replacement, and it's a pro computer that can handle a lot of use. If you were using a professional computer at your job, you probably wouldn't keep putting it to sleep or powering it down all day... you'd leave it on screensaver always ready to go.
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For the past few years I've taken to just leaving my laptops running 24/7 (I use it as my alarm clock in the morning) without any noticeable issues. I reboot about once/week or two depending on what I'm doing or if updates come through.
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I run caffeine so i can choose to keep screensaver from kicking in - at night i do Command/Option/Eject to force it to sleep and then wake it and continue in the morning. Probably it is more important to care for your battery see here
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For 3 years I have just hit sleep before i go to bed and only shut it down
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