A file system is the specification of how files in a computer should be stored, named and organized. This tag should be used for generic file system questions. For specific file system questions (FAT, NTFS, ext4, ...) use the appropriate tag instead.

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How do you track your application usage in windows?

I was wondering how you can monitor the application usage over a period of time. So for example how to see what games are played in a span of X number of minutes and how long those games were played. ...
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On OS X, saving breaks hard links

I'm using OS X 10.10.5, and I'm seeing a strange issue with hardlinked files. When I update one of the linked files and save the change, the other linked file becomes blank -- a zero-byte file. This ...
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Hiding some folders and files without possibility to make them visible again

I have Windows 7 Home Premium and I need a way to make some folders and files of the Google Chrome browser invisible without the possibility to make them visible again unless reinstalling Windows. ...
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Journaling on external hard drive

Is journaling a desireable feature for an external hard drive? I am deciding between using NTFS or exFAT. I believe one upside of not having journaling is being able to remove the hard drive as soon ...
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Snapshots vs. clones in Btrfs

What is the difference between a clone and a snapshot in Btrfs? I read here that the only difference is that snapshot is read-only while clone allows for reading and writing. I haven't found a ...
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NTFS volume in an FAT32 partition?

I've just formatted my new external HDD from FAT32 to NTFS in Ubuntu, but then I noticed that the "partition type" shows as W95 FAT32 (LBA) (0x0c) while the volume shows (correctly) as an NTFS ...
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Recover removed mirror drive

I had a pair of hard drives set up in a mirror. I removed one of the mirrored drives as I could not restore the mirror, expecting to be able to access the files on the drive. However the drive is now ...
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ZFS hot spare not working

I have the fallowing ZFS test pool setup in my vm: NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM pool DEGRADED 0 0 0 mirror-0 DEGRADED 0 0 0 sdb ...
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Disable specific behavior for [name].html - [name]_files combo in Windows

In Windows (7, at least) there's specific behavior for a [name].html file and [name]_files folder in the same parent folder. Normally when you copy and paste a file/folder in the same parent folder as ...
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Desktop.ini InfoTip not working

I'm trying to utilize some of the capabilities of desktop.ini in Windows to help organize the network file system at work. Most network folders need an Archive folder at various levels in the ...
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What is the purpose of /home on a mac? [migrated]

On linux, (which I am used to), /home is the place where home folders live. On a mac, home is some kind of crazy mutant: $ mount /dev/disk1 on / (hfs, local, journaled) devfs on /dev (devfs, local, ...
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Windows 7 moving hundreds of files

I have ~600 files each in a folder (alone), in a folder (alone), in a folder (alone),(repeat x8),... joint parent folder. Is there a way to get rid of this absurd structure of useless sub-directories ...
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How to write an autorun file compare program?

I am not very familiar with the concept of auto run files, or what language I would need to do this in. However, my idea is that once I plugin my external hard drive, a GUI would pop up prompting me ...
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pros and cons of union filesystem

When I was using MS-DOS not long ago I had a problem where MS-DOS could only use FAT16 drive, which allowed only 2GB partitions. Unfortunately I had to copy files which was 2,6 GB size, and simply ...
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Windows 10: too much data on system disk [duplicate]

I have windows 10 (updated from windows 8.1). Yesterday I found out that there is no enough space on system disk. I deleted all restore points and unused files using windows utils. It didn't help. ...
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Why are users given the power to manipulate file timestamps?

I have discovered that it is possible to change the timestamps on files. It seems that you can manipulate the Created, Modified, and Accessed date/time. See the MSDN methods: File.SetCreationTime, ...
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How do I copy files onto a microSD card FAT16 partition using Windows7?

I have a microSD card with a FAT16 file partition and I'd like to add some files to it. How can I put files onto the FAT16 partition of a microSD card with Windows 7? Unfortunately my windows box ...
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Determine and change filename encoding on Windows

I have files on a Windows server that have certain accented characters in the name. On Windows Explorer files are displayed normally but running 'dir' at the command prompt with default settings ...
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cygwin unzip is creating dir/files that I cannot delete later

UnZip 6.00 of 20 April 2009, by Info-ZIP -- from cygwin 32-bit. Windows 7 Enterprise. Run with Administrator access. When I use unzip to explode .zip files, the directories and files that are created ...
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nodemon program won't run from command-line

I installed nodemon with npm and it was working fine, but is now inaccessible from the command-line for no apparent reason. I've tried reinstalling it globally, as here: nodemon But as you can see ...
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fsck : more filesystems detected. This should not happen

I accidentally formatted my USB drive which was formatted in ext4 to exfat using the command mkfs.exfat /dev/sdb1 I was trying to recover it using testdisk. It was able to detect the filesystem, ...
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I can't access the files in ubuntu folder with windows [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu server 14.x.x. I can see the file names with: ls /media/File_Server/TV2 but in Windows, the folder is empty. How can I access these files in Windows?
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Read operation in filesystem

I have a very dumb question. When a read operation is made, am I doing a write too? I'm thinking about write in journal area because my metadata are changed, like mac time. Is my thinking wrong? I ...
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Content of folders disappear when orgnize the files into folders in SD card

I want to transfer larger mp4 files to an SD card with a capacity of 64G.I can transfer these files without a problem if I put all of them in one folder.However if I divide them into different folders,...
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Get number of currently open files (descriptors) in all programms

I've recently read about sysctl kern.maxfiles showing the limit for open files. But how can I print the number of currently open files to see how many are actually used? I only found information on ...
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Win 8.1: Defrag Optimize Issue: Do you want to restore default optimization settings?

Optimize Drives Do you want to restore default optimization settings? Storage optimization is currently using customized settings created by another program. Before you can modify the ...
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GParted cleared/unformatted partition vs Disk Utility's free space

I just read this Q&A, and I think I understand the point being made. My reputation won't allow me to comment, but I would like to ask: is either cleared or unformatted an equivalent to what Mac's ...
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What is “C:\$Extend\$Reparse:$R:$INDEX_ALLOCATION” in Win7?

ProcMon.exe tells me that many different processes including ones owned by standard users, admins, and the SYSTEM user are receiving "ACCESS DENIED" error results when trying to read "C:/$Extend/$...
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How does adding an ip/web address to the hosts file block traffic?

It has been discussed how the hosts file can be used to block access to websites (even though ive tried it several times on both a windows and linux machine and it hasn't worked), however, as far as i ...
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How to change a FAT16 label without reformatting

This concerns FreeDOS specifically. When formatting a drive FAT16, the label can be specified. That label ends up (in uppercase) at offset 0x7ff8002b of the partition superblock (the partition begins ...
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Copying entire file system (linux)

I have a need to copy an entire file system (several TB) from one disk (Raid array) to another. It would be nice to keep the file system online during the transfer as the file system is used (lightly) ...
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Is exFAT FAT64?

I conducted a quick Google search and realized that some people are referring to exFAT as FAT64. Is exFAT just another name for FAT64?
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Does ext3 filesystem allow to extend partition when mounted?

I read that ext3 filesystem can be extended "online". Does ext3 allow to extend a mounted partition? I found this strange question on a test.
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Can I batch move many files in many separate subdirectories/folders to a single main one in windows?

I have a ton of files in locations like this: C:/Users/(Username)/Desktop/(Parent-Collection name)/(filename1)/(filename1).ext .../(filename2)/(filename2).ext .../(filename3)/(filename3).ext I am ...
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How to sort filename duplicates numerically, with unnumbered filename first?

I have a list of files with the same name, but with numbers appended (see image). Like this: Target practice (01) Target practice (02) Target practice (03) Target practice How does one make ...
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Is there a file system that supports the “Execute” permission that is supported by Windows and Linux?

I'm setting up a flash drive that someone else has to use for both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04. Both contain programs for each OS. However, I cannot set the execute flag on Linux, so I cannot run any ...
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How to read btrfs volumes on windows?

Basically the same asHow to read ext4 partitions on Windows ?. As I wanted to enjoy btrfs features such as transparent compression or auto defragmentation, I installed my Linux system on a btrfs ...
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Why do microSD cards have less than advertised space?

I bought a new 32GB microSD card. Windows says the capacity is 29.3GB (31,474,057,216) in Properties for the drive. Why? I expected 1024x1024x1024x32 = 34,359,738,368 bytes. I can accept 0.5GB for ...
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install newer software by just replacing files on file system

Hypothetical question about installation of software. An .exe or .dmg file of version 1 is downloaded and installed. The folders in file system that it creates and stores it's info in it are A, B and ...
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Is it normal for mke2fs to consume above 100MB or RAM?

When I run mke2fs -t [ext2|ext3|ext4] /dev/sda1 program consumes above 100 MB of memory which can be quite problematic for embedded system. Is that normal behaviour? Is there a way to lower it somehow?...
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Windows locks directories entirely after I try deleting them

I have a problem where sometimes Windows blocks access to a directory entirely (and I mean entirely; I can't even see the owner, file permissions and other metadata). The problem is not entirely ...
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Monitor filesystem and alert if there are X amounts of changes

we are looking for a script / tool that monitors our filesystems. It should send us an alert if there are X changes made in X amount of time. We are using Windows Server 2008. Example: On network ...
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Isolate application in a folder

I have an executable application that I want to isolate. I want to make it so it cannot escape its folder and write outside of it(but can read data from a special shared folder). I need this on Mac ...
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linux system stuck in read-only file system

Somehow after enabling the use of my device tree and uninstalling the pre-installed wolfram-alpha software my raspberry pi 2 is stuck in read only. Every time I try and create a directory I get: ...
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Deliberately slow down file access speed

I am trying to deliberately slow down access to files on my Windows machine to test load times on an application I am making. I've tried virtual machines and giving it limited CPU/RAM resources, but ...
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Diskstation (Networkshare) - Deleted File but Space still in Use

So I've been trying to clear up some space on my backup drive. The Volume is 17TB in Size but it's in use by 96%. Now, I deleted a 2.5TB File but the usage isn't going down. I've went ahead and ...
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Impossible to modify Windows 10 drives from other OSs

I'm here to describe an interesting issue I've been facing today, in order to get some hints or solutions. My goal : access and modify one of my computer's Windows (10) system hard drive in order to ...
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How to make guard/listen work on Mac/Vagrant

I'm trying to set up Guard and Listen in order to forward fs events from host Mac system to guest Linux. Maybe it's just me but the documentation is not clear to me - I have not been able to make it ...
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How do I migrate from ecryptfs to a similar setup using ext4 filesystem level encryption?

Currently I'm using ecryptfs - it's a software layer that encrypts my home folder with a key which is in turn encrypted with my password, and it hooks into PAM to unlock it on login. Unfortunately, ...
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How many inodes I need?

I'm running a Buildroot image that has not the -i flag for df. I have near 100 MB of free space, but when I try to add a nodejs module using npm install I get the error "no free space left". I guess ...