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How to Delete Hiberfil.sys File & Free Up LOTS of Hard Drive Space!

If your computer doesn’t hibernate, you can delete the hiberfil.sys file and free up some serious space. If your computer does hibernate, use this video tutorial to learn how to turn off hibernation, so that you can free up hard drive space.
There are how-to tutorials online that say disabling the hibernation function will automatically delete the hiberfil.sys file. Well I found that to be not true. I only tested the hibernation function and later disabled it, and I could not delete the file using Windows Explorer. So I did some research and found the right way to remove the file. You will have to launch a command prompt window as an administrator and then run the command in the video to get the job done.

By the way, some of you will be able to delete the hiberfil.sys file but it will keep coming back. Why does this happen? It’s because you have hibernation function turned on.


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50 thoughts on “How to Delete Hiberfil.sys File & Free Up LOTS of Hard Drive Space!

  1. YES!! TY for this!! I use a 13Gb drive on an old win xp computer to play diablo2 on and it 'had' a 3Gb hiberfil block taking up space. I was down to less than 500Mb and wanted to delete the file and you just made it possible!!!

  2. Worked great! I'm now off to find WinDirStat, which looks like a really useful tool! Thanks for the video. It was well explained and easy to follow.

  3. i cannot delete file from d drive which name is (pagefile.sys) its look like a Hibernation file tell how i can remove this file this file take more than 2 Gb space in the disk

  4. Cheers for this mate, my hiberfile had reached a ridiculous 25gb which was crippling. I also moved the pagefile to the D: drive because it reached 32gb! Now I have 65GB free on my SSD again! Whoop!

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