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Issue with pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys in Windows 10 (Solved)

pjmssn

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I have several work stations, all have 64GB of RAM and I assume should have very similar file size for pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys.
However, on my HP Z420, the pagefile.sys is using 64GB and the hiberfil.sys 48GB, my c drive is a 256GB SSD and these 2 files are using a big chunk of it.
I tried to move the location of the pagefile.sys to my 3TB hard drive in system settings, but the pagefile.sys is still on the C drive and cannot be erased. I have re-applied the settings and rebooted the computer but nothing changed. In the settings, the pagefile is now set to be on the E drive, but the file is still on C!

On my other systems, the pagefile.sys is much smaller (9GB) and the hiberfil.sys ~ 25GB, which is fine.
What made the pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys become that large and how do I reduce its size/move it.
I do not know what to do, changing the settings does not change anything and I need to recover the wasted space on my drive.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Elixer

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Turn hibernation off.
As for the pagefile, just turn if off, then reboot, delete the page & hibernation files, then go into the settings again, and pick a location & custom size (1GB is plenty for your 64GB system), set it, then reboot.
 

mrblotto

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At administrator priviledged command prompt - 'pwercfg -h off'

Yeah, the pagefile is probably useless with that much RAM. Just turn it off or make it small

Kind of related question: for some reason I have a 'swapfile.sys' on my Win10 lappy.......what's up with that?
 

pjmssn

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Thank you so much for all the help. Following your proposed solutions, I was able to fix the issue. I am happy it was a quick fix.
 

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