You may be wondering when you have finished using your computer do you Logoff, Hibernate or Shutdown What’s the Best Option?
It’s the end of the day, you have the choice to logoff, hibernate, or shutdown your computer. What is best for your computer? Let’s examine each option:
Logoff – When you logoff, your computer will still be running using the same amount of power. Logging off means you have closed a particular user’s account so another user can log on. This is not the best option if you do not plan to use your computer for long periods of time. However, it is easy for the next user to sign into their account since there is no rebooting necessary.
Hibernate – the hibernate mode saves power and stores all your memory contents on your hard drive, including your running software and open files. This is a great option since when you reboot the computer that information is loaded back quickly into memory.
Shutdown – This means completely turning off your computer, saving energy and battery power, and also clearing your RAM. Keep in mind that when you turn on your computer again, there will be boot up time, since you are starting fresh each time. This option is best for energy saving and for the longevity of your computer as long as you don’t mind the boot up time.
The best option really depends on how long you plan to go before using your computer again, whether you are interested in saving energy/power, and whether you’re using a laptop or a desktop.