Shutting down or suspending the computer is a question that many users still have. This is something that happens because they may not be aware of the advantages that one offers over the other. Although there is no absolute truth, it is true that, in general, the option to suspend increasingly prevails over the option to turn off, especially if we use the computer on a daily basis.
Is it better to suspend the PC than to turn it off? Yes
If we use the PC during long sessions, every time we have to leave the screen we must choose, do we leave it suspended or better turn it off? In general, suspending the computer is a much more efficient option than shutting it down. We assume that, today, computers are designed so that let’s use sleep mode (or hibernation) instead of having to turn off the computer, gaining with it, above all, weather. Above all, if we talk about laptops, where lowering and raising the lid has become the most common instead of shutting down.
If we decide to turn off the computer, we must go through the cumbersome procedure of having to close all open programs, save all work to avoid losing it, etc. All this, so that, when we turn it on again, we must carry out all the steps again to continue with the work where we left off. On the contrary, if we decide to suspend the system, our work session will remain unchanged, so that we can continue once the suspension is returned without having to open the programs again.
When we say put a computer to sleep and suspend its activity, the system reduces power consumption, but it continues to work. Thanks to this, the hard drives continue to function and the RAM does not restart. This makes it possible that when we return to the activity, everything is as we left it. Therefore, it would only be advisable to completely shut down the system if we are going to be several days without using the computer or we notice that it is getting too hot (especially now in summer) and thus we manage to cool it, something that can help improve the useful life of its components.
Difference between suspend and hibernate
In addition to the possibility of suspending the system, on many occasions Windows also allows us to make the option to hibernate, They share some similarities as well as differences. Unlike the sleep mode, hibernation is responsible for saving the state of the PC on the hard disk, to later turn it off completely. During this time, the computer does not consume additional energy, as it does in sleep mode. When we turn the system back on again, the data from the hard drive will be loaded into RAM so that we can resume the session where we left off.
Hibernate mode has a trade-off in that the system reset process is somewhat slower than sleep mode. Still, it should generally be faster than turning the PC back on again. In addition, sometimes we can find some problems when it comes to returning Windows from hibernation. Therefore, unless we are too concerned about energy consumption, it can be said that the suspension option continues to prevail.