Yeah, hibernate should really be renamed destroyer of hdd's. Basically what it does is takes the amount of ram that you have, and reserves the space on the hdd. When it goes into hibernate, it dumps all the contents of ram to the hdd, then shuts down the computer. When you come back to the computer, it wakes everything back up in the system, the hdd imediately starts spinning and copying that data back to memory to get you back to the state it was in before hibernation.
It's hell on hdd's, because it starts sending data to memory while the hdd is still spinning up. I've seen hibernate do everything from work perfectly fine, crash immediately upon reawakening because some of the data being sent back to the memory gets corrupted, since the hdd hasn't completed spinning up yet... up to all the data on the hdd being completely wiped. Even had a few hdd's that I suspect were prematurely dead because of hibernate. It's supposed to spin the hdd up completely, before sending data... but it doesn't, because then it would take just as long as rebooting... and apparently people can't wait that long.
I suggest, if Standby doesn't work, then just suck it up, and shut down your computer properly. I mean jesus christ, it only takes 30 - 45 seconds for a full boot... how fucking impatient can you be, where THAT'S too long? It takes at least half that to come back from hibernation, so you're not saving that much time, and putting a whole lot more unecessary strain on your hdd in the process.
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