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All my friends tell me that hibernation mode in Windows XP/Vista is hard on your hard drive and you shouldn't use it... is this true?

~Kujila
Kujila wrote:
All my friends tell me that hibernation mode in Windows XP/Vista is hard on your hard drive and you shouldn't use it... is this true?

~Kujila

All of the Ram is stored into a file. Using it should be no more of a problem for your HD than if your read a text file.
It can be, depending on how often you use it. The constant powering down and powering up of the drive can cause problems, you know, like hitting your breaks every ten seconds when you're driving.
In response to Nadrew (#2)
Nadrew wrote:
It can be, depending on how often you use it. The constant powering down and powering up of the drive can cause problems, you know, like hitting your breaks every ten seconds when you're driving.

Why would someone do that though?
In response to Nadrew (#2)
If you're going into hibernation mode every few seconds sure, but over a longer period of time, how can it hurt? The hard drive stops every time it hasn't been used in a while anyway. How often is often in your mind when you say don't do it too much?
In response to Loduwijk (#4)
Loduwijk wrote:
If you're going into hibernation mode every few seconds sure, but over a longer period of time, how can it hurt? The hard drive stops every time it hasn't been used in a while anyway. How often is often in your mind when you say don't do it too much?

Aww nuts! I put my computer in hibernation every time I glance away from the screen. I've totally killed it now =(

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No, if you do it like, once a day or, once every 6 hours or so. It shouldn't really hurt it.
In response to Shlaklava (#1)
Shlaklava wrote:
Kujila wrote:
All my friends tell me that hibernation mode in Windows XP/Vista is hard on your hard drive and you shouldn't use it... is this true?

~Kujila

All of the Ram is stored into a file. Using it should be no more of a problem for your HD than if your read a text file.

And that's nothing compared to the wear Vista puts on hard drives. Vista thinks to itself "Hm... 1 and a half gigs free. That's not good!" and proceeds to fill it up until you have but 6 megs free. Then as you open and close programs, it keeps hammering the drive to reorganize the cached stuff in some way that must make sense to somebody at MS.

And then once *that's* turned off, System Restore says "Oooh! Unused harddrive!" and continues the hammering. On a disk about 20GB used, it added somewhere around 40GB for some imperceptible reason, and kept messing with it (and the harddrive) until it got told to stop too.
In response to Nadrew (#2)
Well, if you have a laptop, the harddrives are made to stop constantly, it's a power saving thing. The drive shuts off as soon as it isn't need anymore, so hibernating a laptop shouldn't be an issue at all. As for a desktop, if you want to save power at night, but get right back to work in the morning, hibernation works great. Although I wouldn't suggest replacing your screensaver with hibernation.
In response to Tiberath (#5)
Tiberath wrote:
Loduwijk wrote:
If you're going into hibernation mode every few seconds sure, but over a longer period of time, how can it hurt? The hard drive stops every time it hasn't been used in a while anyway. How often is often in your mind when you say don't do it too much?

Aww nuts! I put my computer in hibernation every time I glance away from the screen. I've totally killed it now =(

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No, if you do it like, once a day or, once every 6 hours or so. It shouldn't really hurt it.

I have my monitor turn off and go on standby after 10 minutes, and hibernation after 20 mins. Would that a bit too much? 0_0 Had no idea it could affect your comp.
In response to Mecha Destroyer JD (#8)
Mecha Destroyer JD wrote:
I have my monitor turn off and go on standby after 10 minutes, and hibernation after 20 mins. Would that a bit too much? 0_0 Had no idea it could affect your comp.

To be honest, I don't use hibernation. Standby is more than enough for me.

And no, I doubt it'd hurt your computer. It could strain older computers, maybe, but otherwise it's fine.
In response to Tiberath (#9)
Standby would be just as bad for a computer, being that it also stops the harddrive, but I doubt ether would do any damage. Hell, I haven't seen a computer that standby even works for in a long time. Every time I try to standby any of my computers, it won't come out of standby.
In response to Danial.Beta (#10)
Hibernation mode is basically turning off your entire computer, but keeping power to your RAM. The RAM saves the state of disk it was in before, so it turns on the hard drive and the RAM'll just load it up. It doesn't hurt it at all, it's just like turning your computer on and off but faster. Same with standby.
In response to SpikeNeedle (#11)
No, that's standby. Hibernation is saving the contents of your RAM to your harddrive, so that it can be completely powered down.