Is starting and shutting down computer damaging to hardware?

Question

Is it safe and alright to leave computer running or is it not safe? Also is starting and shuttingdown computer damaging to harddrive?

Answer

This question was answered on January 19, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It is preferrable to turn off computer when not in use, starting and shutting down your computer can do no damage to your hard drive In fact you will save on electricity!

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Author

Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 19, 2004