How to remove hiberfil.sys? What is it?

This article will help you to know what the hiberfil.sys is and additionally if you want to get rid of it, then how can you do it? Many times, while using your system drive, you had encountered this hiberfil.sys file and want to remove it to get some more empty space in your system.

What’s the hiberfil.sys file?

When our computers are not in use, we can select any of the various options available to save power, based on the edition of your Windows. Either we can use sleep or hibernate mode, in which it will be available quickly whenever needed; consuming very less power or we can simply shut it down. To maintain the data in one’s computer memory, a sufficient amount of power is used by sleep mode. Hibernate mode provides the advantage of consuming less power by copying the information present in memory to the hard drive and then shutting down the PC, bringing one’s computer back in on state quickly in comparison to bringing it from a completely off state. The hiberfil.sys file comes out here, the information in the computer’s memory is written to this file by Windows.

Though usually sleep and hibernation mode is recommended yet many people prefer simple shut down mode. For this, one has to deactivate the hibernate mode on one’s computer that permits him/her to get back the useful disk space by deleting that file. And the quantity of space the file can use depends upon the amount of installed memory of one’s computer. Here, 13 GB of the disk space is used by the hiberfil.sys file.

Hibernate Mode Deactivation in Vista or Windows 7, 8, 10

One needs to use the simple yet useful command prompt present in administrative mode to disable the hibernate mode. Moreover, the hiberfil.sys file get deleted automatically as soon as hibernate mode is disabled. In all Vista as well as Windows 7, 8, 10, the similar method is applied to disable the hibernate mode.

Click start and then type “command prompt” will open the command prompt for you. Right-click on the pop-up of Command prompt app and select “Run as administrator” here.

Click “Enter” after typing the following command, at the prompt:

 powercfg -h off

This results in removing the particular option from one’s shut down menu by instantaneously disabling the hibernate mode. It even deletes the hiberfil.sys file and provides the one with all that disk space again and one can ensure it by visiting the File Explorer once more.

For reactivation of the hibernate mode, simply use the following command by revisiting the command prompt

powercfg -h on

This will once again allow, you to make use of hibernate command and also Windows to create the hiberfil.sys file.

Deactivation of Hibernate Mode in Windows XP

In comparison to other editions of Windows, deactivation of hibernate mode is carried out in a different way in Windows XP. Firstly, head over to control panel then power options. Now, move to the “Hibernate” tab and deactivate the “Enable hibernation” option there, present in the Power Options properties window.

After deactivating the hibernate mode, restart the computer and delete the hiberfil.sys file yourself.

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