I have a Windows XP laptop. I rarely reboot and usually just hibernate it when I'm finished using it. If I'm going for lunch for an hour for example, I will always hibernate. However, if I'm just popping out for a quick 15 minute coffee, I'll generally leave it running.
My question is: is it always worth hibernating even if I'm only going to be gone 15 minutes? What is the minimum length of time it is worth hibernating?
By "worth" I mean that which will maximise the lifetime of the machine. Obviously it saves electricity hibernating, but it's clearer easier for me not to have to hibernate and reawaken, especially if I'm just gone a few minutes.