Hence, today in this excellent article, we will show you the difference between sleep mode and hibernate in Windows.

What Is The Difference Between Sleep Mode And Hibernate?

Who wants a slow PC? Of course, it is clear like water that nobody wants a slow PC or computer, and the truth is that when we start the system for the first time just after a shutdown, it usually takes longer. But, the whole scenario changes when we do so in sleep mode. Yes, when we wake up a PC from Sleep mode, everything continues precisely from where we left it last time, and the startup operation is also instant, unlike the slow down that we face when we turn on our PC just after the shutdown. However, the most exciting fact is that both the sleep mode and hibernate in the tech giant Microsoft’s Windows and other operating systems are much more appropriate, convenient, and practical than turning the PC on or off whenever we use stop using it. And the common fact about the sleep mode and the hibernation mode is that both have the same motive, to keep the current condition of the system active and obviously to save energy. Many of you believe that nothing can save as much energy as the shutdown can, but let me tell you that your concept of thinking now may become wrong.

Sleep mode vs. Hibernate in Windows


Basically, in the most used operating system of the tech giant Microsoft, of course, I am talking about Windows. The computer automatically enters the minimum power consumption mode when we activate the well-known sleep mode. However, the sleep mode only keeps the RAM turned on; as in RAM, the current activity status of the system remains stored so that when you turn on or activate your PC, you will get back your last status or simply it will resume your system from the previous activity in which you can find all the windows and applications active that you had open. While if you have a laptop with good battery autonomy, it can undoubtedly last up to more than a day like this without running out of power. When we put a computer into hibernate mode, it simply turns off the computer, leading to zero percent energy consumption, unlike the sleep mode. But, when we use the option hibernate, it almost does the same thing that the sleep mode does; however, the difference is that instead of storing the current condition of the PC in the RAM, this mode, of course, hibernates keeps the current state of your PC on your hard disk (HDD or SSD). Hence, the total energy consumption will be zero. What the hibernation mode consume is disk space, and the Windows hibernation mode can occupy a few GBs of freedom; not only that, as we already hinted earlier that when you wake up your computer from hibernation mode, the process is usually a bit slower than when you wake it from the sleep mode. However, for some reason, the tech giant Microsoft decided to remove the hibernate option from the start menu of Windows 10 as in Windows 10 by default; we don’t get the hibernate option, as we can find only three possibilities. But, it doesn’t mean that the tech giant Microsoft removed the option in Windows 10, as the hibernate mode still exists, and if you want to use it, you simply have to activate it manually from the control panel of your Windows 10 PC.

Which mode is better, “Sleep mode or Hibernate”?

This situation entirely depends on your needs, as the Sleep mode is what most PCs do automatically when we stop using them for a long time, and in laptops, it happens when we close the display or flap. As we told earlier that it preserves the last state of the PC so that just with a single press of a button, we can wake up the system or lift the flap in the case of a laptop, but keep one thing in mind sleep mode will merely continue to consume a bit energy no matter how nominal it is. But, if you have a laptop, we recommend you all to activate or always prefer ‘Hibernate’, as it will not consume your battery power. However, if you have little storage space, you may choose to go for the sleep mode instead of Hibernate; as we told you all earlier, the hibernation file can take up a lot of space on your hard disk. So, what do you think about this? Share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below. And if you liked this article, do not forget to share this article with your friends and family.