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    Default Do I need Hibernate? How to Enable or Disable.

    Do I need the hibernate file when I'm only using Restart and Shutdown?


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    Hello Japp,

    Quick answer is No. Personally I don't use hibernate; in fact hibernate on my machine has been disabled.

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    To disable it, open an elevated Command Prompt and type powercfg -h off. Then press Enter. To enable it is powercfg -h on. It is pretty uselss (unless you use hibernate) and takes space on your disk - to the tune of the size of your RAM. That can be a lot - especially for a small SSD.
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    Although its enabled on my PC, I hardly ever use it.

    Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.
    Yes, disabling it can save a lot of disk space. There is also a Microsoft Fix It available to enable/disable it

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    Thanks, guys for useful replies

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