Apr 16

How to Deal with a Mac When Not Being Used

Dear Mac users, how do you deal with your favorite Mac when you don’t use it? Shutdown, sleeps, or always keeps it turned on? Have you ever though of which is the best and why? Here is solution on how to deal with a Mac when not being used. Continue reading this passage to learn more information about how to manage your ac when not being used.

how to deal with a mac when not being used

1. Sleeping

When you are not using your Mac, you can put it to sleep in order to save energy. When your Mac is in sleep state, it is still open, but consumes very little power. It takes less time to wake your Mac up from sleeping than to reboot after powering off. As soon as your Mac is wake up from sleep, applications, presentations, and computer settings will be consistent with the state before you leave.

Advantages: When you launch the Mac from sleeping, it will access to working state soon; Sleep and wake can be both set by regular or remotely.
Disadvantages: A small amount of electricity consumption; the temporary, exchange and cache file of the system will not be cleared during the boot process; system updates can not be installed automatically unless the user restart it manually; It’s better for a Mac with 4GB memory.

The feature enables a Mac to sleep state in a second! So, it is a good choice for Apple fans who wish to make the Mac to work after launching it. If you use a Mac every day, it is better for you to put it to sleep when you leave for a while or early morning rest time. But one thing you should remember: Reboot the system on a regular basis in order to complete the installation of system updates, which can be considered as a part of routine maintenance.

2. Shutting a Mac Down

When you are turning off a Mac, Mac OS X will close all open applications and its presentation; cancel the active user accounts, disconnect the power between the network and Internet services. It will take some minutes to close the Mac. During the shutdown process, the sleep indicator light will light up briefly.

Advantages: energy saving, not consume hardware; all the temporary, memory, swap and cache files will be cleared during the boot process. Major system updates can be installed directly.
Disadvantages: boot and return to the previous state requires a lot of time.

I believe that most of Mac users know that shutting down a Mac takes a bit long time. That is because when you want to close a Mac, the system needs to quit all open applications and documents. While you have to open applications and documents again in order to return to the previous working state. Although the Resume feature of OS X Lion can help you return the task you were dealing with as you wish, there is still “too slow” feeling, right? For those who cherish the hardware, attempts to extend the Mac life, it seems a best choice to shutdown. If you don’t use MacBook Pro in two days or longer, it’s better for you to shut down it.

3. Keeping a Mac on

Advantages: No need to wait to use at any time; Recover the working state immediately; To keep the server maintain a constant trouble-free operation; scheduled backups or perform system maintenance tasks during your leaving.
Disadvantages: Continuous energy consumption; Heat generated due to the machine running is harmful for the hard drive, fans, and the physical hardware.

Always keep a Mac on is another viable option, but it seems more suitable for server-based Mac computers. Of course, as described above, its advantages and disadvantages are particularly evident. If you are running a server or some kind of Media Center, it is inevitable to keep the Mac turned on, however, it is not the best choice for the average Mac users.