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Hey everyone,

I just picked up a tricked out MBA (i7, 8gb, 512gb). Took a couple of days to get everything setup for it after downloading gigabytes worth of programs, data, etc.

Anyway, this will not be my primary computer as I use my iMac throughout the day.

So my question, is it better to:

a) Click on Apple and 'Shutdown'
b) Click on Apple and 'Sleep'
c) Simply close the lid

Which one is better? Does one tax the hard drive or display or batter better/worse than the other?

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b) Click on Apple and 'Sleep'
c) Simply close the lid
Either of these.

Option "b" could also apply to the iMac.

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Thanks Nick!

Yeah, I just usually let my iMac go to sleep and very rarely shut it down.

But I won't be using my MBA anywhere near the same as my iMac. In fact, I could go a few days without using it at all.

What is the harm of shutting it down if I may ask? Or rather, why don't you recommend it?

Thank you for the info!

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Yeah, I just usually let my iMac go to sleep and very rarely shut it down.
That works too!

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But I won't be using my MBA anywhere near the same as my iMac. In fact, I could go a few days without using it at all.

What is the harm of shutting it down if I may ask? Or rather, why don't you recommend it?
In your initial post you didn't mention the frequency of use for your MBA. If you think that you will go multiple days without using it...then shutting it down would be ok. But sleeping it would be ok too.

Technically waking from sleep is faster. But with flash storage (like your MBA has) even starting the computer "cold" is pretty fast. You of course use less electricity when shutting down vs. sleeping (but this is really small in terms of $$$).

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My wife's MBA has been shut down about 5 times in the last three years, so sleep is always fine.

I think official guidance is to switch off if you won't be using it for 5+ days.
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Apple guidance isn't that specific, but as a rule of thumb I usually figure more than three full days. Since I'm VERY rarely away from my computer for that long, that works for me.

Having said that, when I lived in Florida (lightning capital of North America if not the world), I would unplug the machine from the mains during severe weather (which we got a lot). Even though I had a UPS on it in normal use. There are some things even a UPS can't overcome.
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I would unplug the machine from the mains during severe weather (which we got a lot). Even though I had a UPS on it in normal use. There are some things even a UPS can't overcome.
Good advice. I do the same here in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas as we get thunderstorms and lightning in the Spring and Fall that sound like WW III. Otherwise, I just put my iMac to sleep.
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Apple guidance isn't that specific, but as a rule of thumb I usually figure more than three full days. Since I'm VERY rarely away from my computer for that long, that works for me.

Having said that, when I lived in Florida (lightning capital of North America if not the world), I would unplug the machine from the mains during severe weather (which we got a lot). Even though I had a UPS on it in normal use. There are some things even a UPS can't overcome.
Thumbs up on that... I lived in north FL for a few years, and made quite a few service calls for systems which were attached to VERY expensive UPS/surge protection systems... most of them never saw what hit 'em...

my rule of thumb is if it's a desktop, shut it down if you're awya for more than 48hrs.. if a laptop, well..... i'm never away from my laptop for more than 12-18hrs.. I reboot annually, whether it's needed or not....
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You guys are great! Thanks for all the advice.

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1) Open the lid
2) Do work
3) Close the lid
Next day, start at 1 :-)
I only actually boot my machine when Apple Software Update asks me to do so.

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Slightly off topic - when my iMac is sleeping, it periodically wakes up for a minute or so (probably every few hours). Do you guys know why?
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Slightly off topic - when my iMac is sleeping, it periodically wakes up for a minute or so (probably every few hours). Do you guys know why?
- Do you have an external input device plugged into it?
- Is it really asleep (maybe the screen is just dark)? Sometimes web pages with reoccurring video's/commercials playing can cause a display that looks like it is sleeping to "wake up".
- Do you have a cat?
- Do you have any sort of alarm set on the computer?

Just some random stuff to consider.

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What still remains running when it is in Sleep?

I power mine Off, and then turn off the power strip with all my (few) accessories.

I swear that I read somewhere, possibly in the material which came with my iMac, Apple's "official" recommendation is to just put it in Sleep.
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What still remains running when it is in Sleep?
The sleep light (if your computer has one).

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I swear that I read somewhere, possibly in the material which came with my iMac, Apple's "official" recommendation is to just put it in Sleep.
If this is the case...why are you powering your computer off??

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Powering off because I'm a skinflint! I enjoy, and am fascinated by the game of energy efficiency, in all areas of living -- this is one of those.
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