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Is unplugging the power from a PC in standby or in normal mode bad for it?

Is unplugging the power from a PC in standby or in normal mode bad for it?

Is unplugging the power from a PC in standby or in normal mode bad for it?

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Guest [Entry]

"Unplugging a computer at random times is never a good idea. Standby on a computer is a mode where the state of the Operating System, Windows for most cases, is placed in the RAM on the computer. RAM only holds memory as long as it has powered applied to it. Unplugging the computer, while in standby mode, will have the same result as if you unplugged it while running normally.

Problems that can occur from unplugging a computer, in standby or running normal, can include but are not limited to...

Windows Corruption (or your flavor of Operating System)
Filesystem Corruption (the way your files are stored on the harddrive)
Program Corruption (Any program that was running when power is lost, may not recover)
Data Loss, any file that is open when power is lost may get corrupted or not have been saved
Hardware Damage (Hard drives didn't spin down, park Read/Write Heads correctly, flash drives may be in the middle of a write operation)

Always shutdown or hibernate your machine when you can, only do a Reset (or unplug the computer from the wall) when your machine is locked up.

Trust me, waiting the 5 to 10 extra minutes for a computer to shutdown gracefully is worth it when pulling the plug can create many hours of headaches and problems."
Guest [Entry]

Unplugging the power at random from a computer is always a bad idea. It could cause hardware problems.