hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Steve, Apr 17, 2007.

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    Steve Guest

    these files are unacceptably huge at 3gb each. I know I don't have much of a
    choice with pagefile.sys, but what is hiberfil.sys and can i get rid of it
    or disable it and shrink it. I thought it was related to hibernation
    (perhaps the system snapshot) but I have hibernation turned off.
     
    Steve, Apr 17, 2007
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    S.Daley Guest

    If hibernation is turned off hiberfil.sys is safe to delete..

    SD
     
    S.Daley, Apr 17, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    If you right click on the drive in Computer and select Disk Cleanup you can remove the hibernation files,
    BUT this will permanently disable hibernation, although it can be reinstated through the command line.
     
    Cal Bear '66, Apr 17, 2007
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    Steve Guest

    Thanks

    I have no need for the hibernation feature so I removed it through disc
    clean up

    No, how to make the pagefile.sys smaller and not cause it to grow unstable.
    I manually edited the swapfile when I first installed Vista but it caused
    everything to get really slow so I re-allowed windows to handle it
    If you right click on the drive in Computer and select Disk Cleanup you can
    remove the hibernation files,
    BUT this will permanently disable hibernation, although it can be reinstated
    through the command line.
     
    Steve, Apr 17, 2007
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    Jim Guest

    Then the pagefile needs to be that big, so leave it alone.
    Jim
     
    Jim, Apr 17, 2007
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    ...winston Guest

    It would appear that you gave 2GB RAM.
    Windows by default creates a page file 1.5x your installed Ram.
    Considering the size of today's drives and how its used a 3GB page file is not unrealistic nor does its size necessarily create instability.

    How large is/are your drive(s) ?

    Options(and different opinions across the board on each)
    a. Let Windows manage it
    b. Set it at fixed size(min and max)...if 2GB is your ram, Windows probably managed it at 3072MB, thus a fixed at 3072 min and max would keep it one size.
    c. Move--for best performance it should be on another drive(not partition on the same drive) and on a different controller as the first partition.

    The latter...though is up to debate on how much performance one really gains..i.e. it may be measurable by a variety of tests but not significantly user noticeable.

    Finally...depending upon you usage pattern, you may find that a 2G swap file is equivalent to a 3GB file..the only way is to try it, monitor it over a period of time, and decide for yourself. The good, it can always be changed back to any option(a,b, or c).

    ..winston

    : Thanks
    :
    : I have no need for the hibernation feature so I removed it through disc
    : clean up
    :
    : No, how to make the pagefile.sys smaller and not cause it to grow unstable.
    : I manually edited the swapfile when I first installed Vista but it caused
    : everything to get really slow so I re-allowed windows to handle it
    : : If you right click on the drive in Computer and select Disk Cleanup you can
    : remove the hibernation files,
    : BUT this will permanently disable hibernation, although it can be reinstated
    : through the command line.
    :
    :
    : : > these files are unacceptably huge at 3gb each. I know I don't have much of
    : > a
    : > choice with pagefile.sys, but what is hiberfil.sys and can i get rid of it
    : > or disable it and shrink it. I thought it was related to hibernation
    : > (perhaps the system snapshot) but I have hibernation turned off.
    : >
    :
     
    ...winston, Apr 17, 2007
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