Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself
I shut down every night only because the fans keep me up. Otherwise I'd just leave it on. What's the difference between sleep and Hibernate? I've never used either.
Sleep, as I understand it, keeps what you were doing loaded into the RAM with just a trickle charge of electricity being used, whereas hibernate , again as I understand it, loads what you were doing onto the hard drive instead so that the trickle charge to the RAM is not necessary.
The basic idea behind both is to allow you to resume whatever you may have been doing, without having to go through the boot-up process.
I may not be 100% correct on the exact terminology involved, but I think that is a "Cliff Notes" type summary of what they are. If I am wrong, then by all means, somebody correct me.