If your laptop / desktop supports APM or ACPI, you should have a Hibernate tab in the Power Options applet of Control Panel. If you have a Windows 2000 Server, the Hibernate tab should be present, unless you have Terminal Services enabled, as this configuration is considered to have high availability requirements.
If you are unable to hibernate, you may have a device driver or incompatible software:
Q211271 - Cannot Hibernate Windows 2000 After Uninstalling McAfee 3.1.4.
If you receive the following message when you try to put the computer in Hibernate or Standby mode, the device driver does not support a sleep level sufficient to activate the feature. The driver may be old, or may be a Windows NT 4.0 driver:
The system cannot go to standby mode because the driver <drive:>\<device driver name> failed the request to standby.
Make sure you are using the latest Windows 2000 device driver and that the device supports hibernation.
When your system hibernates, the entire system context is paged to a special area of your disk. When a Wakeup event happens, the
system context is restored. If your ACPI computer supports hibernation, the ACPI driver checks each device to determine
the lowest sleep state and wake level supported. If a wake level is unsupported, the device must send an undefined response
for that state. In order to hibernate, every device must support hibernation. Devices that do not properly respond to ACPI queries
or have poor written device drivers may try to hibernate, but when they fail to respond to an ACPI mode transition request, the
The system cannot go to standby mode because the driver <drive:>\<device driver name> failed the request to standby error
message is issued.