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Windows 7: Hiberfil.sys 6gb why

20 Jun 2013   #1
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 
Hiberfil.sys 6gb why

I have Sleep and Hibernation disabled. I don't use either one of them. Never have used either. I shut my computer off when done.
The problem is I still have hiberfil.sys with 6 GB.
Can I remove that 6 GB or does it do something else other that Hibernation?
What I'm not understanding about this 6 GB?


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20 Jun 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

If you want to disable the hibernation . Open an elevated Command Prompt and type this command below

powercfg –h off
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20 Jun 2013   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you VistaKing. I did that a long time ago but I just tried it again and got (Invalid parameter). I'm assuming that means it is already off.
I also have hibernation off in Power Options along with Sleep.
I was under the understanding that once doing that and rebooting the file would go away. I really don't want to remove hiberfil.sys if it does something else I'm not aware of.

I have been through the Tutorials and online but of course I could of missed something.
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20 Jun 2013   #4
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Once you do powercfg -h off it should automatically remove the hiberfil.sys file . To my understanding all it is , is a file for hibernation storing info in memory while the PC is in the hibernate mode . If you don't use it you may delete it manually or delete it from a LIVE CD or try Safe Mode
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20 Jun 2013   #5
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

What you might do is move that file to say the "Download" folder then do a restart to see if anything happens. If you are unable to restart then go to "Safe Mode" and move it back to the original folder. . . Good luck.
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20 Jun 2013   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Jack did you open an elevated cmd window and type in:
Code:
powercfg -h off
I have done this and the hiberfil file went away immediately. Deleting it will be safe.
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20 Jun 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Okay I went through all the steps again in Power Options and in command prompt and did a complete shut down and a restart and the file is gone. I checked properties of C and I got my 6 GB back. I have also check in my grandpa computer for heberfil.sys and it's not their either.
Thank you for all you help folks!!
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20 Jun 2013   #8
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Glad you got your issue fixed Layback Bear
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20 Jun 2013   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I glad also but I really don't know what fixed it. All I did was change the setting and put them back were they were. They are now as they were before I started the thread. The mysteries of computers.
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21 Jun 2013   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good news Jack, it's possible you had a misspelling or a space in the wrong place when you typed in powercfg -h off.
I have typed powercgf many times.
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