[Last Call] Learn about multicloud storage options and how to improve your company's cloud strategy. Register Now


Standyby vs  Hibernate

Posted on 2004-10-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
Stand By - the system suspends using RAM-alive technique.
Hibernate - the system suspends using hibernation technique.

Huh? In English what does the above mean to me? If I am running programs and want to leave my system alone for a bit why would I choose one over the other?
Question by:PawloA
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
LVL 33

Accepted Solution

humeniuk earned 1000 total points
ID: 12455710
Basically standby and hibernate are both power-saving features.  They shut down a number of functions in order to save power, but don't fully shut off the computer so that it will start up relatively quickly when it is needed.  In either case, there are a number of settings that need to be saved pre-standby/hibernate to be restored when the computer 'wakes up'.  In the case of standby, the settings are saved in RAM; in the case of hibernate, the settings are saved on the hard drive.  The first case (standby) allows for faster startup, the second (hibernate) saves more power.

"Hibernation and Standby Mode are very similar and people tend to confuse the differences.  Standby basically turns off power consuming components like the hard disks and monitor.  It switches the computer to a low power state.  Its much like a warm boot.  Any contents of memory and unsaved desktop settings are lost.  Hibernation saves state information by writing a hibernation file which contains the contents of memory and is thus the same size as total RAM.  This is a snapshot of active memory.  When you turn your PC back on, the state, including which applications are running (desktop) and the memory contents are restored to RAM and voila! - you are back to where you were when Hibernation mode started."
(source - www.vivificus.net/jimbon/reg4.html#96)

Featured Post

Understanding Web Applications

Without even knowing it, most of us are using web applications on a daily basis. Gmail and Yahoo email, Twitter, Facebook, and eBay are used by most of us daily—and they are web applications. We often confuse these web applications tools for websites.  So, what is the difference?

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction This article explores the design of a cache system that can improve the performance of a web site or web application.  The assumption is that the web site has many more “read” operations than “write” operations (this is commonly the ca…
What You Need to Know when Searching for a Webhost Provider
In this video, Percona Solution Engineer Dimitri Vanoverbeke discusses why you want to use at least three nodes in a database cluster. To discuss how Percona Consulting can help with your design and architecture needs for your database and infras…
In a question here at Experts Exchange (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29062564/Adobe-acrobat-reader-DC.html), a member asked how to create a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (the free Reader product, not the paid, full Acrobat produ…
Suggested Courses

656 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question