What Is the Difference Between Sleep Mode & Hibernate?

By Ryan Grant

Sleep mode and Hibernate mode are both power-saving states that you can put your computer or laptop into. Both modes are designed to pause the current state of your computer and resume it when you are ready to continue using it.

Sleep Mode

Sleep mode is primarily used with home computers (desktop computers). Sleep mode is designed to save the current work, programs, and settings of your computer using your computers memory, while using very little power.

Hibernate Mode

Hibernate mode is primarily used with laptop's. Hibernate mode is designed to save your computers current state on to the hard disk, then turn off your computer to stop using power completely. This mode is usually used when you do not plan on using your laptop for an extended amount of time.

Benefits

Using Hibernate mode is more power-efficient, but files may become fragmented over time by using this mode frequently. Sleep mode does consume more power, but the advantage that Sleep mode has over Hibernate is that it does not take as long to resume your computers former state when you are ready to continue using it.