Suppose you are working on a project with many opened up windows and you need a break. What will do either close all the windows and shut down the PC and next time you need to open up all the Windows or files again. To avoid this there are two options in the Windows sleep mode and hibernation mode. Both have the same purpose then what is the difference between hibernate and sleep?

Sleep Vs Hibernate

Sleep ModeHibernate Mode

In sleep mode Windows keep all the opened files and apps data into RAM to resume the work where you have left it. RAM require little power to keep the data. Otherwise data will be lost.


In hibernation mode Windows keep all the working data into the hard disk instead of RAM. As data stored in hard disk does not require continue power, So you can even resume your work after many days or months.
In sleep mode computer keeps itself ON and consume very little power just for RAM.In hibernate computer shuts down completely.
It is ideal if you resume your work after a short break.It is ideal if you resume your work after a long break.
No hard disk space requiredIt required hard disk space


Which method is right?

Though the both methods are right but we recommend to use the hibernation option only when it is really required. Otherwise it will only stress unnecessarily on the hdd or ssd. Either use the sleep mode for some short breaks or shut down your computer properly.

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