1.    09 Nov 2015 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
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    win10 and win7

    Where's my hibernation file?

    I lost my hibernation capability in my upgrade from Win7 to Win10. So I am trying to get it back.

    Couldn't find hiberfil.sys in C:\ so I looked for instructions on this site and found them. But here's what is happening (cut and paste from the elevated command window):

    C:\>c:\windows\system32\powercfg /h /type full
    The hiberfile size has been set to: 6361485312 bytes.

    C:\>dir h*
    Volume in drive C is OS
    Volume Serial Number is C696-2CB5

    Directory of C:\

    File Not Found


    My file manager is setup to show hidden files but it also does not show hiberfil.sys in c:\

    Just to be thorough I also searched the entire C drive for files containing "hib" but could not find hiberfil.sys.

    Thanks, Bob
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  2.    09 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,748
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    Hello Bob,

    The C:\hiberfil.sys file is indeed a hidden file.


    When you have hibernate enabled, you won't actually get a C:\hiberfil.sys file until the first time you hibernate the computer.


    Hibernate Computer in Windows 10

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  3.    09 Nov 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Also you need to untick "Hide protected operating system files" as well as tick "Show hidden files". Both are described in the first tutorial link above.
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  4.    10 Nov 2015 #4
    Join Date : Nov 2015
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    win10 and win7
    Thread Starter

    Thank you very much Brink and Halasz. I knew from the outset that the migration from Win7 to Win10 had lost some options because under Win10 I no longer had a Hibernate power menu option. I was misled by the Win10 File Explorer View "ribbon" "Hidden items" check box - maybe because I had forgotten that there are both hidden files and "protected operating system files". When I got into the File Explorer options I found that the option to display hidden files had been preserved. The option to display protected operating system files was not checked but I cannot swear that I had it turned on in Win7.

    Long story made short ... I now have a hibernate power menu option in Win10 like I used to have in Win7 ... thanks to Brink and Halasz.


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  5.    10 Nov 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    I'm glad we could help Bob.
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