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Is Hibernate useful on a tablet?

  1. #1

    Posts : 59
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Is Hibernate useful on a tablet?

    I have a tablet with a relatively small amount of space on the internal storage. I noticed today that the hiberfil.sys file is rather large. I have found a way to turn off hibernation.

    My questions are: Is hibernate even useful on a tablet? If I disable it, will it hurt anything?

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  2. #2

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Matt,

    If you always shut down the tablet when not using it, then you don't need hibernate.

    Hibernate would use a lot less battery than sleep if you leave the tablet in standby mode instead of shutting down.

    If you use fast startup, then it requires hibernate.

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

    Many people find hibernation useful, even essential. If battery power runs down while in sleep mode you will lose all unsaved data. A computer can be kept in hibernation indefinitely.
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  4. #4

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I keep hibernation enabled for all battery powered PCs. The reason is that the PC will suck on the battery when it's in sleep and after a while, when the battery dies, so does all your work that you had going. When I do this, I set the PC to hibernate automatically if it's been in sleep for 45 minutes; it already will hibernate if the battery runs down.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7

    I understand the problem with the hiberfile, especially on small SSDs. I always get rid of the hiberfile because I shut the PCs and tablets off when I am not doing anything. It has never hurt anything.
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