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Do you need to turn your computer off at night?

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If you want to be your computer lasts for a long time, then you should need to stop turning your computer off at night in case of regularly shutting your computer down and booting it back up.

According to tech support guy Steven Leslie, from Geek Squad, “It depends on how often you use it.”

“If
you use your computer multiple times per day, it’s best to leave it on.
If you use it for a short time – say an hour or two – just once a day,
or even less, then turn it off,” says Leslie.

And here’s why there’s a difference. Leaving a computer on all the time,
day and night, is stressful for your computer, but it’s a constant
stress. If you’re not making things worse by overloading your computer
with a stream of memory-munching programs, it will steadily power its
way through.
But if you’re turning your computer on every morning – or
multiple times a day – and expecting it to work for many hours a day
over several years, that small surge of power that helps spin everything
up can ultimately shorten its lifespan.
On the other hand, if you have an old machine, the risks of
leaving your computer on for extended periods of time could actually
outweigh those associated with turning it off and on all the time, says Hill at Digital Trends.
If you’ve got a newer machine, it likely contains a solid state drive –
a device that has done away with all the moving parts of the
traditional hard disk drive to achieve a better lifespan. The problem
with traditional disk drives is that those parts wear down the more you
use them, and this only gets worse when your computer heats up from
constant use.
“Some items have a limited life cycle. For instance,
if the LCD panel is left on all the time, it’s only specified for about
15,000 hours, or about two years. For this reason, it’s good to let the
panel time-out and turn off when not being used,” HP’s Ajay Gupta,
Director of Notebook Product Management and Commercial PCs, told Digital
Trends. “The battery and hard drive also have a limited life cycle.
Allowing them to turn off or sleep and spin down when not being used
will extend the life of these components.”

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But even this isn’t the whole story, as Hill explains:

“There’s
still debate about the impact of shutting down and starting up modern
components. To many, the very concept that shut-downs and start-ups
create extra stress is dated, based on old components and mechanical
parts we no longer have in modern systems. Leaving that argument to one
side, there are some solid reasons for leaving it on or turning it off
that aren’t up for debate.”

These reasons are mostly
no-brainers – leave it on if you want to use your PC as a server or run
updates in the background, turn it off if you want to save electricity.
The occasional reboot is important though, he says, as this generally
improves the performance of your machine. And Leslie says using the ‘sleep’ option is much better than letting the machine ‘hibernate’, as the latter causes similar levels of wear and tear as turning it on and off does.

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