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I was told to, never shut of my computer. The reason being, shuting down and restarting will eventually destroy my hard drive. If I put the computer in the stand by mode, the hard drive will shut down. Will this still cause damage?
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Turning the computer on and off has become much less of a problem.

Mac's were most prone to "sticktion". The appropriate "Diagnostic" technique for restarting the stuck quantum 20-80 MB hard drives was to "lift case 4 inches and release."

As hard drive technology has gotten better (From silly little things like auto-park to SMART technology that will predictively move data off a potentially bad sector BEFORE it fails...) the need to do this stuff has been virtually eliminated.

I will grant that the time when you are most likely to damage any complex system (like a tree, or a car) is when you are changing it. Going from powered down to powered up is one of these times.

The technology is now so much better, especially with soft power switches, low power modes, and everything else, that you may choose to leave the computer on at all times and let the power management work for you, or you may power it down at your leisure.

As a caveat, I WOULD power down AND unplug from the modem and the wall when Thunderstorms approach. Lightning has an annoying tendency to release the magic blue smoke that all electronics run on :)
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