What is hiberfil.sys file? How to delete it in Windows 10

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Hyberfil.sys is a file used to store the current state of the windows. As you put your PC in the hibernate mode, it restores all the files later when you need it. However, this occupies a huge space in your hard disk. If you are having space issues and you do not use the hibernate mode, then you can disable it from your system by following guidelines provided in this article.

What is hiberfil.sys?

Windows has two modes for the power management, one is Sleep mode and the other is the hibernation mode. In sleep mode, you leave your computer in a low power state and whenever you use it again you can resume the same work instantly. However, in the hibernation mode the PC shuts the system completely and saves the memory into the hard drive and completely restores the same state as it is turned on again. In this way, power consumption is reduced and there is no need of completely rebooting the windows, but this file takes a significant space of the drive. Windows uses the hiberfil.sys in the hibernation mode in order to completely restore the system.

As the windows manage hiberfil.sis, this file cannot be deleted. But, if you are not using hibernate mode, you can delete the hiberfil.sys file by following the steps mentioned in this article.

Hiberfil.sys

Why delete hiberfil.sys?

It is important to delete this file because it takes huge space on your hard drive. By default, 75 percent of your RAM is occupied by this hidden file and it is stored in the C drive. The settings can be customized in the internet explorer, but if you want to delete it anyways, then there is no need to change the settings. However, if you want to resize it, then open command prompt and enter the “powercfg.exe /hibernate /size 50” command and in this way the 75 percent occupied space will be reduced to 50 percent which is the minimum that can be obtained.

Command:
Click on the command you’ll see plus icon (+) on the right side, click on that and then you can copy the following command easily.

powercfg.exe /hibernate /size 50

How to check if hibernation is on?

Open the command prompt and check the list, if hiberfil.sys is mentioned in that list, this means that the hibernation mode is on. Or you can check from Windows Explorer in C drive and if you found hiberfil.sys it means it is enabled.

How to disable or delete hiberfil.sys file on windows 10

  1. First, go to the start menu, and right click the command prompt.
  2. Once you are there, enter the following command powercfg.exe -h off. Press enter and then type exit. You may restart your computer now.
    Commands:
    Click on the command you’ll see plus (+) icon on the right side, click on that and then you can copy the following command easily.

    powercfg.exe -h off

    You will notice when you click the shutdown option in the start menu, there will no ‘hibernate mode’ anymore. Besides, if you open the local disk C, you will see that hiberfil.sys file has been deleted. In addition, you will get back your space occupied by this file.

  3. To Enable it again you can type the command powercfg -h on and press enter.
    Commands:
    Click on the command you’ll see plus (+) icon on the right side, click on that and then you can copy the following command easily.

    powercfg -h on

     

How to Disable hibernation

This method of disabling the hibernation mode can be applied to Windows vista, XP, 7 , 8 and 10. The format of the files will be different according to the version of the windows, but the command remains same for each one of them.

15 Comments
  1. Moe Adi says

    Hi, it didn’t work for me!
    the message I got: “Unable to perform operation. An unexpected error (0x65b) has occurred: Function failed during execution.”
    any recommendation please.

    1. Sdey says

      Run cmd in admin mode

      1. Joe says

        I’m trying to do it in pre boot cmd , it does not let you

  2. Steve says

    The solution works perfectly! and YES, command prompt to be opened in admin mode (right click on the icon -> Run as Administrator). My 1.5GB pagefil.sys disappeared after restart.

  3. Felkyr says

    Thanks. This has been a huge problem on quite a small HDD.

  4. shanky says

    try to run command in administrator mode

  5. Steven F says

    Thank god for this article. Even after disabling all hibernation apps the hiberfil.sys was still there.
    Using the above method worked like a charm, but I really wanna know why it was even bloody there.
    It had bloated to 10GB!

  6. Nah Nood says

    Don’t need to reboot on win10 after turning it off, at least.

  7. poop says

    A tech support site where you can’t copy and paste… jeez. What idiot made that decision.

  8. Sciborg says

    Seriously…? You post a how-to article with CLI commands… and then disable copy-paste on the page? SERIOUSLY? What brain-donor thought that was a good idea?!?!?

    1. Techexpert says

      So sorry for the inconvenience, we just have fixed the copy issue. We have added code in copy-allow section, now you can copy easily.

    2. Me says

      Dude, SERIOUSELY? You are able to post this whiny and bitchy comment but you are unable to write down a simple command by yourself? Oh my goodness, what happened to humanity…

      1. a says

        “Dude, SERIOUSELY? You are able to post this whiny and bitchy comment but you are unable to write down a simple command by yourself?”

        I think you’re missing the point. I agree with Sciborg, randomly being denied basic functionality you expect is annoying.
        Reading through their java for fun, they’ve also disabled shortcuts such: F12 , ctrl+alt+i , etc in attempt to deny people loading dev tools… but anyone with half a brain can access them from the GUI of their browser anyway.

        I don’t think minorly inconveniencing people who want to rip-off their page is worth the cost of alienating a bunch of their regular users. It’s just a dumb move.

        1. Techexpert says

          Thank you for contacting us,
          We have added a copy option in front of all command lines, please check it again.

          Thanks
          TSA Team

          1. Johnathan Dongles III says

            Man, oh man! We sure do need to keep everyone from viewing our source code since this is the best-designed website on the net and we shouldn’t allow anyone to steal the script assets that we stole from elsewhere!

            Seriously though, guys…
            Why are you trying so hard to keep users from viewing source on your pages? You’re really doing nothing to deter actual experienced users from accessing it. All you’re doing is inconveniencing your less-advanced users and somewhat alienating what is quite probably the largest part of your user base.

            For your sake, I’d reevaluate your choice in attempting to block users from viewing your page source or run their respective browsers development kits. Also, I sincerely hope you’ve properly attributed all the scripts and DHTML you’re using on this site to their respective owners…

            …because if you haven’t, I’ll be spending the next few days pouring through your site looking for license infractions and notifying the appropriate owners/creators of all that code.

            Hope you guys understand!

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