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Old June 26, 2010, 09:44 PM
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I'm not exactly sure where to post this, but I have a question:

I have all my computer stuff hooked up to one power bar and every night, after I shut down, I also turn off the switch on the power bar. This cuts out all power so the lights on the mobo as well as any connected peripherals (such as a USB hub) are off. My question is whether this is bad for the overall longevity of the computer, whether it has any adverse effects, or whether it is actually a good thing to do. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old June 26, 2010, 10:08 PM
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Well, I'm not sure if it's good or bad, but I keep the powerbar itself always on.
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Old June 26, 2010, 10:09 PM
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No why would it be bad? The only adverse effect i see is the HDD's use alot of power to spin-up, so that decreases their longevity. Other then that you should be fine.
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Old June 26, 2010, 10:12 PM
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No why would it be bad? The only adverse effect i see is the HDD's use alot of power to spin-up, so that decreases their longevity. Other then that you should be fine.
Do you mean to say that the HDD's spin even after the computer has shut down?

I've read a little bit on this and people seem to say different things. Some say that it'll generate power spikes which may damage the power supply, and in turn will damage the rest of the components. Others say it is totally fine.
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It's not a problem, and you actually save on standby power by doing it.
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Old June 26, 2010, 10:24 PM
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Do you mean to say that the HDD's spin even after the computer has shut down?

I've read a little bit on this and people seem to say different things. Some say that it'll generate power spikes which may damage the power supply, and in turn will damage the rest of the components. Others say it is totally fine.
No i mean when you start your computer up in the morning the HDD's use a lot of power to spin-up.
But i agree with zero, even if you turn off your computer it's still drawing power, so in turn it's saving you money with turning off the powerbar.
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Old June 26, 2010, 10:25 PM
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It's not a problem, and you actually save on standby power by doing it.
Yeah, saving power was the main reason. My dad, being as cheap as he is, told me to hook everything to one and turn it off at night to save power lol

I guess as long as there are no adverse effects, I am okay with it. Should prevent my comp from getting destroyed in the event of a lightning storm too haha
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no it wouldn't -.- if lighting struck, it would still go straight to your computer.
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Hmm, guess I'll start turning my power bar off too. Why would my rig be sucking power when it's off?
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Hmm, guess I'll start turning my power bar off too. Why would my rig be sucking power when it's off?
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