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 to remove/change a disk filesystem label?

On a disk drive there was ZFS filesystem installed, and now it's been replaced with btrfs. But "zfs_member" label remains as the disk label: $ lsblk -f sda |----sda1 ntfs label1 sdb ...
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USB thumbdrive reported speed difference between NTFS and FAT32

I found this rather strange. I have a USB 3.0 thumdrive (ADATA UV128/16GB), which when formatted as NTFS, seems to report a much higher writing speed than when formatted as FAT32. For example, I ...
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How do I use an Ext4 partition from Windows with correct file permissions for Linux?

I use Windows 7 and ext2fsd to access a data partition which uses ext4 as mentioned here, here and here. I can read and write from Windows. When I boot into Linux, it is able to read the files but ...
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Replacing a running Linux root filesystem

I'm trying to come up with a bash-scriptable method of replacing the root filesystem on a running PC. The system uses a MBR partitioned disk with an ext4 rootfs and a swap partition, unfortunately it ...
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Google drive error “Please select a folder on an ntfs drive that is not mounted over a network.” Windows XP sp3

I have downloaded google drive from the Internet and installed it on my windows XP service pack 3. Everything was fine until it asked me to select a folder for the Google drive folder. No matter what ...
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Windows detects all flash drive file systems as RAW

My computer that's running Windows 7 detects all flash drive file systems as RAW, and thus shows an error message to format them as soon as they're plugged in. I tested all the flash drives in other ...
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How to safe remove an external usb hd ntfs?

I did format a hitachi 300GB external HD in NTFS with two partitions, primary and logic. My intention os to use one for "trash" and other as backup of my notebook with Windows 8.1. But after I connect ...
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What are the downsides of having files with one or more spaces at the beginning of the file name?

In Windows 7 and later, what are the downsides of having files with one or more spaces at the beginning of the file name? It seems like a bad idea, but does it actually cause problems? If so, what ...
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How to find filesystem type without read permission? Somehow gnome-disks can

I get a permission error trying to find the filesystem type of a block device: $ file -s /dev/sdd1 /dev/sdd1: no read permission However, If I open gnome-disks, it will happily tell me info all the ...
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Find programs which are using a special file [duplicate]

I want to delete a file but it cannot be deleted because is used by another program. how can I find the program which is using this file? I've seen task manager but there is nothing there to find out ...
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Ftp server shows as completely empty, even without . and .. (current and parent folders)?

I need to retrieve a file that is supposed to be on some FTP server. When I connect to this server, it shows as empty. Maybe they simply failed or forgot to upload the file. But when I connect using ...
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Is there any way to tell a if backup is complete?

I lost a disk. It's clicking, which seems to be something almost everyone agrees is not very fixable. I have backups. Problem is, I look at the backups and the first thing I think is "Is that all I ...
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How to replace all duplicate files with hard links?

I have two folders containing various files. Some of the files from the first folder have an exact copy in the second folder. I would like to replace those with a hard link. How can I do that?
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Source path too long - BUT IT NEVER USED TO BE

I am getting the following error while trying to copy backed up data from my external hard drive to my desktop: The source filename(s) are longer than is supported by the file system. Try moving ...
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Disk capacity in Windows [duplicate]

I have a disk which has the capacity of 476 GB. I'm running Windows 7 64-bit. I want to check how much storage I've used on the C:\ drive. The normal thing is to go to the "computer", and check the ...
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How to delete the “_files” folder?

Sometimes when saving a file, for example when you save an HTML page from your browser on your hard drive, you get a folder with the suffix _files additionally to the file itself. However, when you ...
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Create a copy of a directory that contains all the files with the correct names, but no files have any data in them?

For a python project I'm working on, which involves renaming many gigabytes of files, I require an identical directory on which I can test the program. The issue is, I don't want to be copying this ...
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Why does BTRFS seem to have comically large allocations for metadata? [duplicate]

I've recently discovered the marvel of a modern filesystem, btrfs. After playing with it for a few hours, I decided to dive straight in and converted my entire /home partition using the btrfs-convert ...
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File system activity history tool?

My home PC (Win 7) fills up drive C, either by itself or as a result of something I do or use. I don't download, I keep track of my clouds sync, but GBs of free space mysteriously disappear (about 20 ...
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File corruption prevention strategy

I recently read about BTRFS and it's superiority in terms of error handling and noticed that I have no real plan in case data corruption happens, other than backing up regularly. I am not asking for ...
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Force change default initial save location of all programs to custom folder

Many programs often default the save destination location to the standard Libraries/XYZ folder which is the last place I want to save anything (due to sensible backup reasons). Some programs go a ...
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rootfs 100% full debian

I have a problem with full rootfs on Debian (on RPi). I noticed I can't start mysql server with error full partition. I tried looking for space hoggers with ncdu. It all appeared suddenly and I have ...
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How to eliminate the requirement to lock files which are executed?

I have an application which is placed onto it's dedicated server. It has plugin-able structure. It was imagined as soft which has some features from web apps like ability to replace it's modules ...
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How to properly unmount AUFS filesystem used as root filesystem

I have an embedded system that has an (always) read-only root filesystem with a writeable filesystem overlayed on top of it. However, I'm having problems on system shutdown unmounting or remounting it ...
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how to make /tmp writable again after FUSE

I installed and tried out the FUSE , user space filesystem, exactly as per instructions in http://fuse.sourceforge.net/ I unpacked, compiled, created a new empty directory /tmp/fuse and ran the ...
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Explore .raw file?

I have a .raw file that is a snapshot of a hard drive. I'm trying to explore the contents of it on my Ubuntu computer, however I'm not sure how to go about doing this. Is there a way to mount it and ...
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Copying data from file into a specific location of another file with dd truncates the output file

I have a loopback file that contains a single filesystem, let's call it fs.image. I have another, much larger loopback file, that contains multiple partitions and multiple filesystems, let's call it ...
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Open raw drive without formatting

I have a disk from a laptop that died. The disk is functioning correctly and not broken, but it is in RAW file system format and I cannot open it from windows. I have tried mounting it in a virtual ...
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Accessing files located on a Windows drive from OS X via Parallels is very slow

I have Visual Studio 2013 running in Windows 8.1 in Parallels on OS X. I prefer to use text editors on the OS X side. The project files are stored on the Windows drive. Before I had them on the OS X ...
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Filesystem for writing/reading video/audio en mass [closed]

I am currently building a cross platform system that will require a lot of reading and writing video and audio to disk. I have tested ZFS, XFS, NTFS, EXT4 and I am unsatisfied with the speed. It is ...
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File System Only Refreshes Manually

The file system isn't automatically refreshing. The following will not show up/change until I right click and hit refresh manually, or go up a level and then back down. Examples: right click -> ...
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Linking OSX system folders across drives

I'm using Mavericks Server at work on a Mac Pro (Mid 2010). I got the go ahead to upgrade it to an SSD and install a 4TB storage drive, as well as 32GB of RAM from 6GB. I wanted to put the OS on the ...
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windows 7 text-type file icon change

Hey folks from the title it might sounds easy but actually its not. Registry editing of DefaultIcon inside HKCR\<*.FileExtensio> or Nirsoft utility could not do the job. Now coming to the main ...
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On a FAT32 filesystem there was a file with ext2 filesystem image. Now it's truncated. How do I restore?

How do I restore ext2 filesytem that was stored on FAT32 volume in a file which got truncated? Is there analogue of reiserfs's --rebuild-tree option to restore filesystem from content?
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How do I find out which process is using a file when Process Explorer and Handle doesn't work?

How do i find out which process is using this file? Windows 8.1. C:\Users\Chloe\workspace\Teads>echo Hello > selenium.log The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another ...
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More robust choice for filesystem [closed]

I have to format a new external HD, 1 TB. I want to have an independent partition of ~300 GB which should be very robust against damage (last time I lost the entire HD since it fall down). Of course ...
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How do I open a file that locked?

I need to view my ntuser.dat.LOG1 file, but I get the error that it's locked because something else has it open. How can I force Notepad or some other program to open this file. I really need to see ...
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How do I move files not accessed for a long time using a batch file?

I like to move files accessed for a long time. For instance: if I do not access some file by 7 days, it move to old sub-folder. file1.txt 1 days <keep> file2.txt 2 days ...
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Some file are getting empty from time to time - One is .NET settings file

I've seen this situation many times during the last few year, some file is getting empty from the content, all of the characters are the null character (0x0), the file remains with the same exact ...
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Mount sysv filesystem under Linux

I have a hard disk with a filesystem created by an old version of System V Unix that I would like to mount read-only on Linux. fdisk shows me: /dev/sda1 * 2048 86015 41984 63 ...
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Running time of locating a file in a directory

When you search for a file in a directory with a large number of files (n), what is the worst case running time of locating this file? I mean does the OS (linux) sequentially check all filenames in ...
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NTFS permissions issue? Part of group which has access, but denied

My account is part of Domain Admins, which is part of local machines Administrators group. Such as: MYDOMAIN\Domain Admins, is added to MY-LOCAL-PC\Administrators I gave FULL CONTROL access to a ...
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XFS filesystem spanning drives and allocation group alignment

I have a query regarding creating an XFS filesystem on what is commonly incorrectly called a JBOD volume, that is, linear RAID or Spanning raid. I have two hard drives (1.5T and 2T) that I want to ...
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Most files and all folders have read only permissions [duplicate]

I recently installed windows 7 64 bit on a SSD and now, it appears that all of my folders and most of my files are read only. I have tried to remove the read only aspect of them, or take ownership of ...
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Disk Space Changes with Command Used

Can anyone help me understand why I get different disk space results for /mnt/kvm_images depending on the command used? This is in Ubuntu 14.04. du gives this result: andrew@ubuntu:~$ sudo du -sh ...
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Make File appear like a Folder

So here's the scenario. My company's network has a "dropbox" (aka scratch drive) on the network which we can use to temporarily store our files. However, IT can choose to, on any given night, delete ...
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unable to write to micro sd card

My microSD card got writeprotected within my Raspberry. I dont know why. Everytime i boot up, it fails, because the root system is mounted readonly, or similar. I put the microSD card into my ...
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USER~1 in user folder

After executing cd %TEMP% i was taken to C:\Users\KRISWE~1\AppData\Local\Temp I have never seen the folder KRISWE~1 before, does anyone know what this is? It seems to be exactly identical to my ...
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New folders in ExifRenamer now have a dot ‘.’ in front of them making them invisible. How can I fix this?

I use ExifRenamer and somewhere, somehow I must have changed on my Macintosh—or in ExifRenamer—that the new folders should be named .2015 which makes them invisible. Could you help me fix this?
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Hard disk keeps making noise even if not used [closed]

Since yesterday my secondary hard disk keeps making noise as if it were reading/writing even if it's unused. It happens regardless of the OS running (both windows7 and linux) and I'm sure it's not ...