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      Disable Hibernation to Save Hard Drive Space in Windows 7

      Statement description

      When a computer is put on the hibernation mode, the computer takes a snapshot of all the memory contents and the computer settings and saves all this information on the hard disk of the computer. After the information is saved, the computer turns off. The advantage of putting the computer on the hibernation mode is that when the computer is restarted all the memory contents and the settings are restored to the time when the computer was turned off. A great benefit of this is that there is no need for power by the computer to maintain itself in the hibernation state unlike the standby mode. When the computer comes out of the hibernation mode all the programs and documents are restored. However, turning off hibernation mode can save a lot of disk space. The amount of space it will save depends on your pc, but it could save gigabytes worth of space.


      Affected configurations

      The above symptom may occur on the following operating system:

      Microsoft Windows 7



      To Turn off Hibernation

      In Windows 7, the option of hibernation is enabled and is turned on by default. The hibernation option should be available in the start menu, but if you wish to turn off the hibernation, certain basic steps need to be followed.  

      A command prompt needs to be opened. Type “cmd” in the start search option and then press “Shift + Ctrl + Enter” on the keyboard.

      Another option is to select Run from the Cmd search results

      Type the command “powercfg -h off” and press enter

      By typing the above command the hibernation option will turn off from the computer.


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      • Alias ID: IG20120319-002
      • Document ID: HT073425
      • Last Updated :26 Mar 2014
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