#1 By: Akemi Iwaya, January 23rd, 2014 16:24
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/180500/is-it-safe-to-commute-with-a-laptop-powered-up-and-running/
For many of us, our lives can be quite hectic and busy at times, so the temptation to get as much done as we can while on the go has a lot of appeal. But is it really a good idea to have our laptops powered up and running while in a backpack or bag as we commute between locations, or is it an invitation for trouble?
#2 By: Vincent Boswell, January 23rd, 2014 18:58
Laptops generate heat and include fans to remove that heat from the electrical components. Stuck in a bag the fan cannot do it's job. Left in this condition long enough, your hardware is going to experience problems, if not fail altogether.
#3 By: Bill Harder, January 23rd, 2014 19:40
Good grief, Charlie Brown!
The likelihood of running over a large enough bump to jostle your laptop while it is doing a drive read/write is so high to me that it musy be said. The kump up may not be all that horrible but the relative G forces seem to me to be more than high enough to cause a head crash. Go ahead do a kernel build and ride down not over some rail road ties. I am sure this will cause you the aforementioned grief.
Seriously, I do not recommend anyone to ride a bicycle or other somewhat unstable device (unicycle, roller skate, blades, skateboard, etc) while computing on a laptop. I have dealt with many head crashes from laptops that were dropped while stationary so I do not see that having a recent drive would make any real difference as the basics of HDD haven't changed that much in the past 30 years.
#4 By: David Browning, January 25th, 2014 10:48
Neglecting the heat issue a laptop equipped with an SSD should be immune to the motion related concerns addressed in this article. Improved battery life and quieter/cooler operation are other benefits typically associated with SSDs in mobile devices.
#5 By: Israel Torres, January 25th, 2014 11:56
That what I was about to say. A laptop with such a drive will be safer, so if someone wants to keep their device running while commuting, there'll be no problem. If it explodes because of overheat, well...
#6 By: Richard Charrington, January 30th, 2014 05:58
Simply change your settings so that the laptop goes to sleep (now the same as hibernating) when you close the lid......sorted!
I have had my laptop in my rucksack (just like in the picture) when it was supposed to be asleep but wasn't. After a 3 hour journey - walking, train, underground, bus - it was certainly hot, but not overly so when I finally removed it, and no damage was done (well, none that I am aware of - whether it significantly reduced the life of some of the components I will never know).
#7 By: Tom Wilson, January 30th, 2014 11:16
Why would you keep it RUNNING in the bag? That's what sleep/hibernate is for....
the last time I had a customer bring me a laptop that wouldn't sleep (it had locked up while she was using it, and she didn't know you could hold the power button to force a power-off), it was so hot when I pulled it out of the bag that I nearly burned my hand on it.
#8 By: system, February 2nd, 2014 16:24
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