Do you always Leave Your Computer Switched On all day?

@bigstret (485)
February 8, 2007 7:26pm CST
Is it best to leave your computer switched on all the time or should we switch them off? When I go online in the morning, I have mine on all day and only switch off at night. Do you do the same?
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
9 Feb 07
Hands up, I do have a bad habit of leaving it on 24/7 which is not good for the bills or the environment, but often I'm downloading stuff at night which is quicker. I should get into the habit of closing it down but because I'm nearly always on it, apart from a few hours when I'm at the gym, or go job hunting. It doesn't seem worth the while.
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• Philippines
11 Feb 07
Nope, I leave my computer on always. I just turn it off during wednesdays. And been doing this for 1 year now.
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@soldenski (2504)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I alway's leave it on. Sometime's I have difficulties getting to sleep so I'll come on the computer. I don't like having to turn it on and off, whenever I use it.
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@patootie (3593)
9 Feb 07
Yes I do, my computer gets switched on when I get up and only turned off when I go to bed .. or if I am going out. I do switch off the monitor when i walk away from the computer though .. that saves a lot of power .. I was told once that it's better for the computer not to keep switching it on and off .. and I have even heard folks saying it should be left powered up but in 'hibernate' mode when you are not using it .. it's supposed to extend the life of the hard drive and the more delicate chips ..
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Two of us in this house uses the computer. So it is on alot. If I happen to have a day here along, I do tend to leave it on unless I get satisfied with what needed done and is done. I can come and go so that even more gets done before sharing and I have to work again. If we are gone or all asleep, it is off.
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9 Feb 07
I used to leave it on all day 7 days a week but enventually my hard disk gave way due continuous spinning, so now i only switch it on in the morn and shutdown before i go to bed. This way the life of my pc is extended.
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@freesoul (3024)
• Egypt
9 Feb 07
You should always turn your computer off when it's not in use for long periods, i mean if you are at home and coming and going to it all day then it's ok but you should check the "power management" at control panel and set it to go on "stand by" or "hibernate" when not in use .. this way you save power and prolong the life of the computer parts.. But you can leave it on all day if you are downloading things, etc
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I think it's probably better if you don't run it 24/7, but I frequently do. I don't think it will really hurt it. I usually have some downloads and stuff going at night, so I don't like to shut it off. If I know that I have no downloads or anything else going than I'll be sure to turn it off. If you're going to leave it on 24/7 a reboot every few days is recommended.
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@xXmeganxX (4423)
9 Feb 07
hi there, well what i say is you need sleep and so does your computer too, lol. i have mine on non stop throughout the day as i download stuff for my partner but he tries to keep it on throughout the night too, but i don't allow him to do this, i would advise to switch it off at night like! :O)
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@suscan (1957)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I actually leave my computers on all the time. We reboot and defrag regularly.
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
27 Feb 07
If I go out or if I lie down in the afternoon I will switch it of as I do not want it on while I am not around. If I do have it on all Day I actually reboot it a few times a Day so it does not overheat and slow down on me.
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
18 Feb 07
My computer is on all day and I go back and forth to it. At night I shut it off.