Hybrid Sleep saves data for Desktop Computers when power fails

Talking about power plans when it comes to Desktop Computers is useless as there is no, obviously battery attached to keep your computer running but what today I will talk about a feature which comes along with Power Options and is specifically designed for Desktops, its data savior for many unless you have a Power Backup in Place.

Sleep Mode in computers puts the computer in low power mode i.e. monitor turned off, almost zero activity on hard disk, documents saved etc. This saves electricity but everything saved here is put in computers RAM which is a temporary storage and gets clean wiped off when power is lost.  So ultimately your data is lost too.

Hybrid Sleep is a concept which does two jobs, it saves your current state into RAM and in your hard disk and then it switches to low power mode. So in case of power failure , Windows can restore your work from your hard disk and you don’t lose anything. Good part is that Hybrid Sleep is turned on by default so you don’t have to worry but its good to double-check.

Where is Hybrid Sleep Settings :

  • Start Menu > Search for Power Options > Under your current Plan Settings > Click on Change Plan Settings
  • Now go to Advanced Power Settings > Sleep > Allow Hybrid Sleep > Settings > ON.

Hybrid Sleep Power Options

Now Hybrid is default set so you computer never goes for Sleep and since this saves your entire state into hard disk it also means that when you try to wake your computer it takes a bit of more time when compared to normal sleep mode. Since in case of Laptops you have a battery backup, you can turn it off from the same place but if your battery is almost drained off  ( Try Optimizing Battery Usage ) it will still help in that case.


  1. This is still no substitute for a proper power backup, there is still a good chance that if there is a power cut when you are using your PC, then the data on the hard drive will be damaged. If you rely on this to save your bacon then you may be in for a nasty suprise when the power comes back on and your hard drive has stopped working.

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