Relocating hiberfil.sys

Posted on 2003-03-03
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I have a logical partition solely dedicated to Windows XP and its files. However, at the initial stages, I thought 2GB would suffice, even with the common files of Microsoft products. Wrong.

Of the 2GB I have, only 100MB is leftover, and I need more than that to stash the temp files from installation of software (although I can relocate that folder as well).

However, along with pagefil.sys, there is a hiberfil.sys that is set to 256MB on my Windows XP partition. I tried to scouring around in the preferences for relocating or even abolishing this file, but to no avail.

So my question is: How can I relocate and/or delete the hiberfil.sys? Can I relocate it to another partition, and if so, can I reduce it's size?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:mel_sadek
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ID: 8062552
hiberfil.sys is the file used to hibernate your pc in windows xp.  It's set to the amount of physical ram oyu have, the idea is its quicker to boot up the machine from a hibernation.  A hibernation is when the physcial RAM is stored into this file, when you turn the PC back on the fileis loaded back into memory--all programs and things open will be restored.  I know of no way to relocate it BUT I can help you remove it to save space.

On an empty spot on your desktop, right click the mouse.  On the menu that appears go down to properties.  "Display Properties" should open.  Click on "screen saver" (tab at the top)  Then click on the button that says "Power..."  This will open the power management window.  Go to the last tab called Hibernation and remove the checkbox from the chekc there and click Apply.  The space should now be reclaimed.

On top of this, I suggest that if you have extra spac eon the drive you consider using a program like Partition Magic to resize the parition, windows xp enjoys more space then 100mb during the boot process.  If you don't, consider buying a larger hard drive and using Norton Ghost to transfer your data to the new drive.  Hope this helps


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ID: 8062588
Thanks Kris. Quick and easy does it. Although I haven't hibernated my PC once, I may try to at some point (just for the heck of it). I will take your advice on Partition Magic, although I want to be sure it can dynamically resize my partitions without altering my other partitions data contents ( I have two HDs, 5 partitions, 2 boot partitions, 3 logical). Can you confirm this?

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ID: 8062707
I use partition Magic day in and day out, it is a very reliable program.  Make sure you run scandisk or chkdsk on all drives beforehand and take oyur time and pay VERY close attention to what your doing and you should be allset.  Glad to hear I could help


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