Standby v. Hibernate

On a PowerBook, “sleep” is the only option if you don’t want to shut down the laptop completely. On a Windows laptop, you get ‘Standby’ and ‘Hibernate’ settings. My Dell 700m is set up to Standby for a while, then Hibernate – basically from the factory settings. More often than not, it’s in Hibernate when I want to wake it up.

Waking from Hibernation takes ~1-5 minutes depending on how long it hangs at various stages of coming back to life. I’m considering turning Hibernation off completely and just going with the more “sleep”-like Standby option.

Can someone educate me on why I would/would not want to do this?1

  1. Assume that data loss is not an issue – all documents would be saved, etc. [back]