Does putting a laptop into standby mode protect the hard drive as much as doing a full shutdown? I carry my laptop around with me (often not in its protective laptop case even) and want to know if, to protect the hard drive, I need to do a full shutdown between moves or if standby mode is just as safe?
Standby is fine. When you go into standby, everything that is in memory is written to the hard drive. A significant number of laptop users almost never shutdown their laptop.