Does the hibernation operation erase the RAM after it writes it to the hard disk as it shuts down?
Hibernation turns off the power after writing the memory to disk.
RAM needs power to remember things.
Thanks much. I feel kind of silly for not having realized that earlier.
Well, the XP version does that. The Vista one, it keeps a small flow of power going to the ram, just to keep the memory. But, it also backs it up on disk, so in the event that you unplug your computer, it doesn't lose anything.