I’m about to head out from the office to Starbucks to do some grading and course prep. This means packing up the Macbook into my briefcase and carrying it around a lot. Which is better for the long-term health and proper functioning of the computer in this case:
- Shutting the computer down, then firing it back up again when I get to the coffee shop; or
- Just closing the lid and letting it enter sleep mode until I get to the coffee shop?
I have this idea, probably ill-founded, that leaving the computer on while you carry it around a lot in a briefcase is a bad thing because of potential hard disk damage. But I seem to think that turning the computer on and off all the time is bad too. I’d like some real knowledge about this.
Extra credit: What about carrying it home at night, only to let it sit in my briefcase until the next morning when I’m back at the office again? Should it be off during that time, or in sleep mode?