Please visit the new Mac-Forums Facebook page:
Join Us @ Mac-Forums Facebook Page



Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?
    Hi all,

    I have a 2010 Mac Mini. When it is not in use am I better off shutting it down or putting it in sleep mode?

    I am assuming if I do not use it for more than 3 days I can shut it down. If it's less than that then sleep mode would suffice.

    Please advise.

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    59,024
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Mojave
    Rep Power
    53
    I have an iMac at home and here's what I do:

    When I'm going to be away for any length of time (8 hours or more) I shut it down. I do that because here in the Dallas - Fort Worth area of Texas we get thunderstorms that are usually severe.

    Any short time that I'm away and if the weather forecast is OK, I'll put it in sleep mode. I should also mention that I use an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) between the AC main and the iMac.

  3. #3
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?
    IWT's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2009
    Location
    Born in Scotland, Worked in Scotland then England, Now live in Wales
    Posts
    6,045
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac 5K Retina 27", August 2019, 3.6GHz Intel Core i9, Memory 32GB, 2TB SSD, macOS Mojave 10.14.6
    Rep Power
    20
    I live in an area rarely affected by thunderstorms, never (yet) by earthquakes or similar catastrophes; power outages are very infrequent. So I put my iMacs into sleep mode all the time unless I go on holiday. So far, in the last 4 years sleep mode seems to have worked fine. There have been numerous discussions on this subject in the past and there are as many opinions as there are people willing to vouchsafe them. Apple products seem to be very robust and so unless you envisage unusual weather or similar, do as you like. It really doesn't seem to matter.

  4. #4
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?
    Chuckoir's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 21, 2011
    Location
    London, Londonshire, England.
    Posts
    726
    Your Mac's Specs
    13" Late 2011 MBP,iPad '3' 32gb,iPhone4 32gb
    Rep Power
    9
    I live in two places - the iMac is where I live during the week, and I put the Mac to sleep whenever I'm away from it including when I go to bed. When I go 'home' of a Friday, I shut it down.
    Play the guitar?! Check out the [newly created]Mac-Forums guitar thread!

  5. #5
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    25,230
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade, macOS Catalina,
    Rep Power
    32
    Shutdown for me like chscag. After losing several routers to lightning strikes up to 50klms away (30 miles) everything is closed down and even disconnected from mains supply if storms imminent.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  6. #6
    chas_m
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Shutdown for me like chscag. After losing several routers to lightning strikes up to 50klms away (30 miles) everything is closed down and even disconnected from mains supply if storms imminent.
    Wouldn't a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) that costs maybe $30 be a better option there?

    Your method is more absolute I suppose, but you'll drain the PRAM battery a lot quicker that way, and in some models that can be an absolute PITA to replace.

  7. #7
    chas_m
    Guest
    The manual for the Mac Mini (and most Mac models) says that you would normally sleep the machine unless you're going to be away from it for "an extended period of time." I interpret that as "a few days or longer," but YMMV.

  8. #8
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    25,230
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade, macOS Catalina,
    Rep Power
    32
    Yet to replace a PRAM battery but it is a snack with a Mac Pro ~ like everything else.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  9. #9
    My general rule is as follows: always sleep the computer unless you're going out of town for more than a weekend. If it's a laptop with a working battery, I'll sleep regardless. In fact, I'd say my laptops only get shut down once or twice a year at most, and those would be forced shut downs due to crashes.

    The only computer I shut down whenever I use it is my Mac Classic, which doesn't have a sleep mode. Everything else gets slept 99% of the time.
    Education is life.

  10. #10
    Thanks for your input all! - I appreciate it!

    I noticed something else interesting with my Mac Mini 2010 regarding Sleep Mode -

    If I put it on Sleep Mode through the Apple icon on the Desktop the power light dims and then brightens to a rhythm similar to a heart beat. But if I let it go to the scheduled sleep I set up on Energy Saver through System Preferences the light does not dim, it stays solid. I called Apple on this and they mentioned I have to reset the SMC in order for the Sleep Mode through Energy Saver to act the same as through the desktop. But this did not change anything.

    Does anyone have any input on this?

    Thanks

  11. #11
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?

    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas... as of 23 Feb 2018
    Posts
    345
    Your Mac's Specs
    27" iMac mid-2011, ipad.Air 2', iPhone 8+.
    Rep Power
    8
    What are the advantages/dissatages between sleep mode vs shutdown,,,and unplug? Also, dos an uninteruptable PS protect against lightning sturges? Not much lightning here in Vegas, so is one method more efficient in saving power consumption (Shut down) vs (Sleep) which will continually draw power, or is the power draw negligible vs the wear and tear of shouting down, then starting up again? Or is Time to boot up the primary beneficiary of Sleep mode?

  12. #12
    Putting my Mac on Sleep Mode Vs. Shutting it down?
    MacInWin's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 01, 2009
    Location
    Winchester, VA
    Posts
    6,969
    Your Mac's Specs
    MBP 15" Mid 2015, iPhone 11 Pro, an iMac, plus ATVs, AWatch, MacMini
    Rep Power
    27
    I leave my machines running 24/7. They sleep when I am not using them. I've done that for decades and had zero problems. I avoid shutdowns because of the phenomenon of inrush current into the capacitors in the system. Apple does have inrush protection in place, but I see no reason to challenge those components any more than I have to. There is also inrush into the fan motors and the motors in any spinner drive. Most electronics fail at the on/off state change.

    If I'm going not going to be using the equipment for a long time (more than a day), then I do shut down. However, I have an iMac that powers my home automation system that has been powered on for 10 years.
    Jake

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. shutting down when putting to sleep
    By mule in forum macOS - Operating System
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-19-2010, 07:45 PM
  2. Putting Mac to sleep with internet?
    By aeropause in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-09-2008, 09:40 PM
  3. putting mac to sleep for too long
    By basketman in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-03-2007, 05:15 AM
  4. Putting iBook into NO Sleep mode
    By DV'sG4 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-05-2006, 05:56 PM
  5. Does putting your mac to sleep damages harddrives?
    By mogwai in forum Schweb's Lounge
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-08-2005, 10:20 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •