I want to maintain ideal power settings on my laptop with Windows XP. It is a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 with Hyper-Threading technology. It has 512MB Ram and a 80GB hard disk.
What is the general opinion among experts on letting a machine go into 'Hibernate' mode? Is it advisable? And what is the difference between 'Hibernate' and 'Standby'?
What is the benefit of turning off hard disks other than conserving battery power? Is it advisable to turn off hard disks (while connected to an electrical outlet) if the machine is idle for say more than an hour?
I know these are basic questions but I would rather have opinions from experts.