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Tip of the Week #5: Better to Hibernate

by Dan Croitoru on 2nd November, 2010 at 2:36 PM CEST


Hey C:F fans,

Today’s Tip of the Week will be: how to hibernate!

No, it’s not about bears. And as the winter is coming, it’s not about how to get lazy for 4 months waiting for spring to break in. It is about something that we all use everyday, even now that you are reading these lines: your computer.

At least once a day you turn it on, some of us the next thing after we open our eyes. Because we are humans and we need to rest, we are going to put aside this vital piece of technology for a couple of hours. The question is how? The best thing to do is turn it off and unplug it! (Remember the Energy Vampires TOW). This saves power and it is also good for the computer. But if the next day it takes an eternity to boot probably you would also consider these other 2 options: standby or hibernate.

When in standby, your computer keeps the applications running and power is feeding the computer memory, but peripherals, like the monitor for example, are powered off and the hard disk power is minimized. The computer is available for immediate use and your desktop is restored exactly as you left it. The major drawback is that it uses energy and also if there’s a power failure while in standby you lose all unsaved information.

Computer hibernation is more like a nap. Your computer shuts down to save power but first saves everything that’s in memory on the hard drive. When restarted, the computer restores quickly the way you left it. Of course, it takes a bit longer to bring your computer out of hibernation than out of standby but the main reasons for using the hibernate function is that it doesn’t use energy at all and all information is stored on your hard drive so there is no risk of losing it. 

In conclusion, I believe it’s better to hibernate! So, next time you leave your computer unattended, put it in hibernate mode. What do you think about this? What do you usually do?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a nap,


C:F fan

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

I do so many time... we can go anywhere after putting our LT or PC on hibernate..!!

2nd November, 2010 @ 3:56 PM CEST

Saad Khan

Saad Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

nice piece of research Dan. brilliant

2nd November, 2010 @ 6:43 PM CEST

Maggie Peng

Maggie Peng

My computer doesn't have hibernate mode. Suggestions, anyone?

3rd November, 2010 @ 12:45 PM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Maggie i didn't try this for my Mac, but maybe this will do as a "hibernate" for MAC OSX php/id/20120/deep-sleep

Anyone else with other suggestions for MAC or even Linux?

3rd November, 2010 @ 2:31 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

I definitely prefer "hibernate" to "stand-by" - even considering just the pronunciation of both words :)

You can set your laptops to automatically go on Hibernate mode e.g. when you close the lid OR press the power button

- Go To Control Panel > Power Options > Go Figure from there :)

3rd November, 2010 @ 7:52 PM CEST

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