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    hiberfil.sys

    Even though this PC has a new ASUS P4B266 board, it cannot, like its predecessor go into hybernation with XP or Win2K. I think it has to do with the SCSI board, but I cannot be sure. It's somewhat irrelevant, since this is a desktop machine, hybernating it probably wouldn't be a good idea anyway.

    Nevertheless, the System drive has a 511 MB hiberfil.sys file, that I assume is for hybernating. I'd like to get rid of it, since I could use the disk space. Since its a system file, that cannot be done, or more appropriately, I haven't found a way.

    Does anyone know how I might delete the (useless) hiberfil.sys from this system without reinstalling XP?

    Thanks a lot for any thoughts.

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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    Have searched my hard drive for this file but I don't have it anywhere, but then I have hibernation disabled (WinXPPro). Try disabling hibernation and see if the system then gets rid of this file - Control Panel, Power Options, Hibernate Tab, uncheck "Enable Hibernation".
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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    Hi
    This is where the old DOS based OSs came into their own. I keep Win 98SE in a multiple boot system, precisely so I can get to a DOS prompt without Windows. I would then rename this file and boot into my usual OS.
    I too, cannot find hiberfil.sys, (except as mentioned in this post) but if you still have it, try booting into Safe Mode. Then rename hiberfil.sys to hiberfil.xxx. If you find after a day of two you can do without it, then Delete it. Hibernate, power down, or whatever are a pita on a desktop system. I switch 'em off, even in the BIOS. Though I leave my system permanently on (except for maintenance) I turn of the CRT display before leaving it for any length of time.

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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    I hadn't thought of the Safe Mode route. I'll try that. Also, I believe there's a DOS utility that allows one to read and manipulate to a degree an NTFS partition.

    I did not (knowningly) activate hibernate on this PC. Somehow it determined, wholly on its own, that an effort should be made to active hibernate. It is not a choice on the power management window because it doesn't work on this PC anyway!

    Thanks a lot for the thoughts.

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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    Bob,

    If you disable hibernation, you can then safely delete hiberfile.sys. You may need to reboot first if the file is in use by Windows.

    The file's size is based upon the amount of physcial RAM that is intstalled in your PC, and is created automatically when hibernation is enabled.
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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    Hi Mark,
    The thing is that hibernation (as far as I can tell) is not enabled. I don't think the machine supports it. My only choices on Shut Down are "Log Off.......", Shut Down and Restart. There is no Stand by either.

    I've looked around on different screens and don't see hibernation anywhere on this PC. My wife's PC, running Win2K, will go into hibernation. I think there are just too many things on this PC, some of which will not work with hibernation.

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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    Hi Mark,
    Just one last question before I kiss this thread good bye and go on to other fun things...<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Are there any methods you know of to disable hibernation, other than through Power Management? I'll admit I cannot find any. I'm wondering if there's an instance somewhere that does not otherwise show up. Hibernation is not even offered as an option on this machine...The machine apparently does not comply with the protocol.

    Thanks a lot, Mark. I appreciate your thoughts on this and all of the other things you comment on.

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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    So far as I know, the short answer is no. I do know that if your computer is not fully ACPI compliant that you will not get options such as hibernate. If there are ways to disable hibernation, they appear in the power management options. By that logic, that also means that you can kill it from somewhere else but I don't think the dialog box is easily changed.

    Trust me on this, at least.....hibernation ain't all that it's cracked up to be. I have never had anything but problems with it; it's not reliable enough in my experience to make use of it - not on my desktop machines anyway. Works fine on my Win2k laptop for whatever reason, but that's the exception to the rule.
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    Re: hiberfil.sys

    Yes, Mark, I agree. I rarely use hibernation and when I do, it's only on my laptop, certainly not a desktop like this one.

    The conern here, although in truth it's hardly a "machine killer" is that I hate losing almost 512 MB off of a system disk for no reason at all. Since the OS won't let me delete it (it keeps getting restored), I have to conclude that somewhere hibernation is activated, but I'll be darned if I know where!

    Tempest in a teapot, I guess.

    Thanks again.

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