Sleep vs. Hibernate?

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Sleep vs. Hibernate?

  • Can someone please explain to me when I should use sleep and when I should use hibernate?  I have found some conflicting recommendations within the various help screens in my computer and am not sure of the best plan.  Is it true I shouldn't shut it down at the end of each day? 
     
    I use my laptop as my primary computer.  I have 2 babies, so I use it for a few minutes here and there throughout the day.  I do use it every day.
     
    I have a...
    Inspiron E1505
    Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 @1.83GHz
    2.00 GB RAM
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
    3.1 Windows Experience Index
    Running Vista Home Premium and Office 2007
  • sleep still uses power on the motherboard but low power. hibernate store to a file and shutdown using no pwer to the motherboard. I turn mine off every night. most of the time I hibernate because it starts up faster then booting up from a shutdown. if your going to use it off and on during the day sleep would be good because it will start up a soon a you open the lid it that how you have it set.