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Disable and Delete the Hibernation File in Windows

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Windows places a file on your hard drive that stores your current data when your computer goes into hibernation. If you do not use hibernation, you can delete these files and save as much space as you have RAM (i.e. 512mb or 2gb etc.) In this guide you will learn how to disable hibernation and remove the old hibernation file.

Disable Hibernation

1. Click Start, All Programs, and then right click on Command Prompt. (Vista users type CMD into the start menu search box.)
2. Select 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).
4. Close the Command Prompt window.

Delete the Hibernation File

1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. (Vista users type Disk Cleanup into the start menu search box.)
2. If prompted to choose a drive, select the drive in which Windows XP/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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5 Responses to Disable and Delete the Hibernation File in Windows



This just saved me about 3GB!!!!



Very useful if you don’t hibernate ur computer



When I run the disk cleanup to try to remove the files, the Hibernation line isn’t an option. I’ve disabled it, but can’t delete it.. Any ideas why?



If you’ve never hibernated your computer, you wont have a hibernation file to delete. Is this the case?



It kind of auto-hibernated on me at one point. It was one of the settings that came preset on my laptop. I don’t like it though. I tried to put it in hibernate manually and it worked great, thanks. =]

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