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    Standby stress (on PC)

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    Does using standby wear down computer parts more/less than keeping it fully on.
    I'm often away from PC for 2-3 hours and wonder what's the best practice.

    Thank you.

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    No it doesn't, standby was designed in part to save energy.
    Lower energy state=less power=less heat=less wear.

    Standby/sleep mode is perfect for those 2-3 hr instances where one is away from the computer.
    For any longer, like say over night, then a shut down is best, that is, if nothing needs to been done in that time.
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    Standby is essentially Sleep mode. Have a look here for Standby information itself.

    As such, Standby mode just uses less energy than "keeping it fully on".

    It's impossible to answer whether there is any 'wear' 'cos there's no electro-mechanical correlation, i.e. physical wear.

    Hope this helps...

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    If you stop the moving bits, fans, disks etc, they should last longer and the reduced heat stress on your silicon should also increase reliability, so sleep mode should give you added longevity. This is probably not going to make much difference to the minimum 5 years you should get from any PC, so just count the money you have saved in electricity.

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    Thank you Rick, CLint, Paul, very much.

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