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Windows 7: Hibernate or NOT TO Hibernate that is the question


11 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 
Hibernate or NOT TO Hibernate that is the question

After checking how slow my computer was running, shutting down and taking a nap I decided to shutdown Hibernate and save the time and HD space for other things.

Hibernate file is a large file that is build on startup in your root directory of C:
It seems to store information so if your computer goes to sleep automatically stores the information and suppose to help on startup coming out of sleep mode.
I think it is default on for all installs.


Do you have it ON or OFF?


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11 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 build 7100 x86
 
 

on. hard drives are big enough now that i don't need to worry about massive files taking up precious space anymore. Mainly use sleep though, its alot better in 7 than in previous versions.
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11 Dec 2009   #3
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I like the default power settings for Windows 7. If I walk away with work on my desktop, it seems to be timed just right for me to come back and just hit Enter to wake it up instantly to continue.

But if I go away for awhile, even with work on my desktop, I like for it to write what is on the desktop (in memory) to the HD and shut down, so I dont' have to remember if I turned it off or if I saved my work.

Then when I return four hours or four days later, it starts up quickly with everything just as I left it on the desktop.

Apparently it doesn't always enable hibernate by default, so check in Advanced Power Settings to see if yours is on to sample it, both with and without Hybrid Sleep.

Try each for several days regular use to decide which to use, or whether you even want Hibernate since sleep is enough for many who don't care whether machine fully shuts down or want to do it themselves.
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11 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I use either Hibernate or shut down. Sleep freezes my computer. Still have not figured it out yet.

But my computer starts up just as fast from either shut down or hibernate. Since shutting it down does not have a tendency to wake up at 3am, I use that.

If I ever fix sleep, I would use that 90% of the time, except when I want/ need to shut down.

~Lordbob
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11 Dec 2009   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Off. Since I live bills paid, I don't feel the need to conserve electricity, and since I sleep on a very irregular schedule and power cycles taking their toll on hardware life spans, my computer remains on 24/7. The only time that I did use hibernation was on XP, but that was only due to the fact that my UPS was designed to use it. As my UPS has aged, it's backup function became unreliable and finally inop.

As I see it, hibernation/sleep would only be useful on a laptop/notebook, but I don't have nor intend to get one, because my PC and I remain very close to each other.
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11 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

I'm currently using sleep... If I hibernate it takes 14 secs before I have control of the desktop. If I sleep, I have full control in 4 secs.

That 10 sec. diff it an absolute KILLER!

LOL
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11 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

sleep only.
if I get a ssd i will go directly to shutdown and save 2gb.
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11 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

For most of us today, concern for storage capacity is hardly an issue...


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11 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Off. Since I live bills paid, I don't feel the need to conserve electricity, and since I sleep on a very irregular schedule and power cycles taking their toll on hardware life spans, my computer remains on 24/7. The only time that I did use hibernation was on XP, but that was only due to the fact that my UPS was designed to use it. As my UPS has aged, it's backup function became unreliable and finally inop.

As I see it, hibernation/sleep would only be useful on a laptop/notebook, but I don't have nor intend to get one, because my PC and I remain very close to each other.

Good point about the electric. Since installing Windows 7 and using sleep for the first time ever has dramaticlly reduce my electric bill. My wife and I use the computer at home from 6AM to 10PM and we now use the sleep mode whenever we are finished and walk away. Wakeup is quick and my wife like that. So its a Win Win for me.
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11 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Don't you mean that it's a Windows Win-Win?
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