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    Default Hibernation file inquiry - How to disable, delete hibernation file

    ok so i have set it for this option to be disabled as i dont use it it at all because i followed energy saving tips from this forum recently....but during daily disk cleanup, there is always some old files in (hibernation file cleaner) that shows up everytime..is it still running or what?

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    I believe in the Disable Mode there are some files that are still running, but when you totally delete the file, the files are totally gone. Here is how I disbale and delete Hibernation on my systems.

    Disable Hibernation:
    1. Click Start, All Programs, and then right click on "Command Prompt".
    2. From the context menu click on "Run as administrator".
    3. If User Account Control prompts you to allow the action, click on Continue.
    4. In the command prompt window, type "powercfg –h off" (without the quotes).
    5. Close the Command Prompt window.

    Delete the Hibernation File:
    1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click "Disk Cleanup".
    2. If prompted to choose a drive, select the drive in which Windows Vista is installed on to and press OK.
    3. Disk Cleanup will scan the hard drive and present you with a list of options.
    4. Check "Hibernation File Cleaner", and then click OK.
    5. When asked "Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files?" click on the Delete Files button .

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    ah thx for the tips! cheers

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    If your system is a laptop, don't delete the hibernation file. I believe it uses it in a "low battery" condition.

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    Deleting the hibernation file (C:\hiberfil.sys) with the help of Disk Cleanup, will disable hibernation also.

    This file occupies/reserves space equivalent to your RAM.

    Delete it only if you don't use the hibernate function or if you desperately need to reclaim some disk space.

    You can of course always enable it again using the procedure suggested by Mikey above, only instead using : powercfg –h on .

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    when i typed that in cmd, the popup box warned me if i tamper with system configuration like deleting that program, it might mess comp up..but, i never use hibernation only sleep or log off modes. hmmm..should i go for it lol?

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    the link appears to be broken hmm

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    Sorry for the broken link. Let's see whether this works: Work with Vista Hibernation - Quickly Enable Hibernation & Quickly Disable Hibernation

    Aha, it works now. Was the dumb Forum link posting facility that created the problem. I now pasted it directly into the post.
    Last edited by whs; 21st December 2008 at 21:11.

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    before i take action..just wanted to mention, i always use the sleep mode or log off mode when not using comp..so removing the hibernation file wouldnt affect either one right?

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