While we are running our systems, many times we get confused over 2 options namely, the difference between hibernate and sleep. And because of this confusion, we mostly prefer “shutdown” from power options. But do you know it’s not just the name that implies the difference between hibernate and sleep. So what is the difference between hibernate and sleep?
By name, these two options merely mean the same as sleep reminds us of inactivity to perform a function and hibernation means a longer inactivity to perform a function. Ironic, ain’t it?
This is not true, the reason is entirely different and today at Geeksnation you are going to know about the difference between hibernate and sleep.
Difference between hibernate and sleep: Number 1
Sleep is a power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. All the states of processes working on the system remain in RAM and when you sleep the system, continuous power is supplied to RAM but remember only to RAM. All the other components do not receive any power thus saving battery to a lot of extents.
Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player; the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working.
Hibernate mode is very similar to sleep, but instead of saving your open documents and running applications to your RAM, it saves them to your hard disk. This allows your computer to turn off entirely, which means once your computer is in Hibernate mode, it uses zero power. It is designed primarily for laptops. Whenever you start it again, a file(which contains info about all the processes) stored in hard drive gets loaded into RAM and you are good to go.
Once the computer is powered back on, it will resume everything where you left off. It just takes a bit longer to resume than sleep mode does.
Difference between hibernate and sleep: Number 2
Sleep mode is useful if you want to stop working for a short period of time. The computer doesn’t use much power in Sleep mode, but it does use some.
Hibernate mode is useful if you won’t be using your laptop for an extended period of time, and you don’t want to close your documents.
So, these were the difference between hibernate and sleep. Congrats! you are 1% higher in knowledge now.
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