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Solved: Is hibernating your computer bad?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by knight_47, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. knight_47

    knight_47 Thread Starter

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    I usually always hibernate my laptop and turn it off once a while. But I was just told by a friend that hibernating your pc is bad for the hard drive. Is that true? Is hibernating too much bad or something??

    thanks.
     
  2. hellcentralx2

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    If im not hibernating my laptop im leaving it on, and i havent had a problem with mine. And just to add, i've been doing this since March of this year...
     
  3. knight_47

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    i've also never had problems with hibernating, but my friend just said that hibernating "fragments" your hard drive... that doesn't even make sense.. anyone know?
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    Hibernating is fine, for a laptop. The mode was designed for the laptop hardware, but be aware that not all software will happily use it.

    When the laptop is hibernated the content of RAM is written to hiberfil.sys, a file already created and waiting on the hard drive that is the same size as the RAM installed.

    While it can therefore use a chunk of HDD space, it should not be responsible for any additional fragmentation as the file exists and is not resized unless more RAM is added.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    And to answer the original question, no it's not bad for any of your hardware. It may have software compatibility issues, but it doesn't affect the hardware in any way.
     
  6. knight_47

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    Thanks guys, that's great. :)
     
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