[access-uk] Turning off a commuter

  • From: "Derek Hornby" <derek.hornby_uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Access-Uk@Freelists. Org" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 18:58:06 +0100

Hi All
Is the advice  below correct for  today's  new computers.
My  contact said:
"I have left our computer equipment on 24/7 for several years without
any problems providing they are set to sleep mode after a certain unused
time as we have been advised that the daily switching off and on tends to
wear out the hard disc and other components in other words shorten the
operating life of the  computer etc. When the equipment is in sleep mode the
hard disc is
left spinning continuously and is quite safe. In terms of the hard
disc it is the starting and stopping of the disc that shortens it's
When the computer monitor is in sleep mode the screen goes to sleep
to protect the screen from damage.

This is a controversial point so it is up to you to decide what to do
either way. Some swears leaving them on all the time and others turn
them off when not in use."


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