Hibernate and suspend

Hibernate , in computing, is an action that allows the user to put his computer in a power saving mode in such a way as if it were turned off, although it is not.

Sleep , meanwhile, is a power saving mode that allows computers to use minimal resources while they are still on.

The difference between hibernating and suspending a computer basically has to do with the energy that is saved in each option and with the storage unit that the equipment uses in each case.

Although both modes are available on desktops and laptops, in the latter their use makes more sense because it helps save battery life.

In that sense, hibernation is the closest thing to turning off the computer, since energy consumption is minimal. Whereas in sleep mode a higher power usage is required to keep the RAM working.

HibernateLay off
DefinitionEnergy saving mode, very similar to turning off the computer, even though it is still on.Power saving mode that keeps applications and tasks running using minimal resources.
Where the information is storedHDD.Memoria RAM.
Use of energyMinimum.Greater than Hibernate mode, but less than leaving the computer on.
Recommended usesLong shutdown periods.Short shutdown periods.


Hibernating is basically turning off the computer, although not completely. It is an option that prevents the computer from consuming power, while the applications and tasks that were running before hibernation will be in the same state when the computer is turned on again.

During hibernation, data is stored on the hard drive of the computer or laptop. This means that in the event of a dead battery or a power failure, data stored in this mode will not be lost.

Although hibernate mode can be used in any circumstance, it is recommended to do so if the computer will not be used for several hours. In that sense, it is the ideal mode to continue work the next day, since it is not necessary to turn it off and therefore the operating system will start up slightly faster.

How to activate Hibernate mode in Windows 10

Currently, those who have Windows 10 may have a difficult time locating hibernation mode quickly, since it is disabled. However, it is possible to reactivate it again, following this route:

1. Go to the control panel.

2. Select “Power Options”.

3. Then, select the option “Choose the behavior of the on / off buttons”.

4. Click on “Change currently unavailable settings”.

5. Select the Hibernate option and save the changes.

Lay off

Suspending the computer or laptop means leaving the computer on, but in a mode that saves energy during the time it is not being used.

In the suspension, the data is stored in the RAM memory, so the energy consumed by the computer is only that necessary for this memory to keep working, although it is higher than that used in Hibernate mode, which is practically nil .

Since the computer is on, data, applications, and tasks will be available as soon as the computer is used again. However, in case of power problems, that information will be lost.

The “Suspend” mode is recommended for short periods, from a few minutes to about 2 hours, since it allows you to return to tasks without having to turn on the computer again.

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