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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Find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows

How can I find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows? For instance, when trying to delete a folder, Windows reports this: The action can't be completed because the folder is ...
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Formatting : The volume is too big for FAT32

Formatting an external 500GB HDD took almost >6 hours that I started like: D:\>format /FS:fat32 F: The type of the file system is EXFAT. The new file system is FAT32. Enter current volume label ...
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Linux: Presenting a larger-than-real file system?

Does anybody know if it's possible to have a small Linux filesystem with apparently limitless (or very big) free space? We have a Samba server with lots of filesystems, all available from a small ...
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Force delete files with a rather large name

I regularly use nodejs to manage dependencies for programs I write, no big deal. Today I ended up with a folder structure like this: Trying to delete any file was met with this error: "The source ...
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Can I change my play order based on Date

I noticed when playing videos/music (using media player classic) and viewing image files, jpegs, gif etc, that the next file played in the folder is always based on alphabetical order. Can I change ...
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what appropriate “Allocation Unit Size” for an exFAT SD card with ReadyBoost

I've brought an 4GB SD card and I'm dedicating it for use by ReadyBoost (on Windows7) Im looking to get the most profit on performance, so i've formatted it with exFAT (as recommended by Microsoft) ...
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What are invalid characters for a file name under OS X?

I am having trouble finding this information, and trial and error is telling me that there may not be any. What are invalid characters for a file name on OS X Lion (10.7)?
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Is it possible to copy files that skip the file system?

I got many files(for a 4TB HD, 50M+ file count) to upload to S3. To make it multi-worker upload, I have adopted tmpfs to enable concurrent upload, and there may be 1 or 2 copy-to-tmpfs worker that ...
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change “cache” name to “backup”

I have a Debian server, my partition /dev/sda6 (which has a lot of space left) is mounted on /cache. I want to use this partition for file backup. I want to change the name of /cache to /backup. When ...
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How long will mkfs -c take?

I'm currently running a sudo mkfs.msdos -c -F 32 /dev/sdg1 How long would it take, approximately? This is an USB 2.0 disk of 250GB. The lower limit is of course 2 * 250GB / 480 Mbit/s ~ 8400s (it ...
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Roll back to libc6-amd64 using a live cd and chroot on ssd with GPT filesystem

I was attempting to follow a steam guide to install a dedicated game server. See my original post here. Basically I really messed up. I attempted to roll back but when it downgraded my network ...
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Fastest Linux Filesystem on Shingled Disks

There is considerable interest in shingled drives. These put data tracks so close together that you can't write to one track without clobbering the next. This may increase capacity by 20% or so, but ...
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How to create USB flash “.bin” image in Linux without physical drive

I have some files in Linux, which I have to copy to multiple SD-cards in Windows periodically (not bootable, but with file permissions, filesystem ext3). Now the procedure is: I copy files to one ...
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How do you see all files on Windows 7

I have several ghost and other unneeded files of the type C:\ xxx. I can see them when I click on "Computer". But when I try to remove them by using Command Prompt it automatically starts at ...
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How do I create a ramdisk that writes changes back to persistent storage, e.g. with aufs?

Similar to this question, but more specific: I want a ramdisk / tmpfs that sits on top of a physical directory, exposing data of that directory. The ramdisk should persistently cache all data on ...
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No admin access to a cluster, but want to set up a fast ephemeral distributed filesystem — how?

The institution where I work has a Sun Grid Engine cluster to which I don't have admin access. I'd like to set up an efficient distributed filesystem (replication is a bonus) that lasts only for the ...
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Mount image of unknown filesystem

I have an image of a filesystem that I'm trying to mount. Unfortunately I have no idea what filesystem is in it. I'll show you what I have done so far. root@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:/vagrant# file ...
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awk - field separator change in program, letters in the field

I want to change FS in awk, but not in BEGIN. I want to print word and the letter. awk 'BEGIN{FS=""}{print $1; FS=" ";print $1; FS=""}' Of course it does't work. Is there any function, way to show ...
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F2FS issue - unsuccessful remove, lost access to files

While removing unnecessary files I bumped into an error. with fsck.f2fs /dev/sda4 -t I can see | | |-- Die Ärzte - Manchmal haben Frauen <ino = 0xc11874>, <encrypted (0)> | | ...
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Creating Ext2 partition using free windows tool

I want to intsall Linux on my hard drive on a seperate patition. Unfortunately, I can't find a free tool that will format a partition to ext2/3/4, and I can't access the windows made partition from an ...
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faster way to mount a remote file system than sshfs?

I have been using sshfs to work remotely, but it is really slow and annoying, particularly when I use eclipse on it. Is there any faster way to mount the remote file system locally? My no.1 priority ...
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Windows File is ludicrously huge and I cannot unzip it

I use an online file backup service (Backblaze) and recently got a new computer. Several files on my old computer were too large to move via my usb drive so I decided to download them from my backup ...
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NTFS recovery - How to find out the first and last sectors of a lost NTFS GPT partition?

So I have this disk where the GPT (GUID partition table) went bad, and was overwritten with a new GPT. This made my NTFS partition inaccessible, but I am sure that the partition itself is still on the ...
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How to preserve the Extended File Attributes in linux?

I'm working on a project where i rely mostly on the file's extended attribute that i set when i create the file. But i'm facing problem while modifying the file. Solid Example: When i edit the file ...
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SPOF-less distributed file system?

I’m looking for a free software, distributed, fault tolerant (ideally without Single Points of failure), mature, POSIX compliant file system (such a long requirements list, I know). There are not so ...
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How to delete old pagefile.sys and hiberfile.sys on secondary disk (old windows install)

A while ago I swapped my main hard disk for a SSD. Now the old one is used as a secondary hard disk, and my OS is a fresh windows install on the main SSD disk. Nevertheless, there are still huge ...
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Is file system part of operating system?

I was wondering if a file system on a storage device is part of OS? I don't think it is. Instead it is part of the storage device, and exists outside of any OS although was created by an OS. Is my ...
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/etc/shadow - how could it be edited when it is read only

I am trying to change the content of /etc/shadow file but realize it is read only sghk1> ls -l /etc/shadow -r-------- 1 root sys 4045 Aug 19 16:13 /etc/shadow the /etc/shadow file ...
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Windows 10 File-System Permissions (iTunes Folder Locked)

I recently had a problem with my iTunes, saying it has insufficient permissions to start. I tried to see where could be possible I don't have enough permissions on my C: drive (I am an administrator ...
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How can I make multiple physical hard drives appear as a single partition?

I'm writing a basic media server where people can upload/download my content. I have 8 2TB hard drives where I would like to store their uploaded files. Problem is navigating a file system that I want ...
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windows directory vs system32 directory

C:\>systeminfo | findstr "Directory" Windows Directory: C:\Windows System Directory: C:\Windows\system32 What is the difference between windows directory and system32 directory?
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My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?

In typical PCs the Size of Windows Folder is 6 to 8 GB but in my Case its 25GB. How can I delete the unwanted files from the Windows Folder (which, in turn, will optimize my C Drive size). My system ...
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Why can a program named “C:\Program” influence other programs?

Today out of the blue a file called Program appeared on root of C:\, and when logging in to the system, a popup shows a message: File Name Warning There is a file or folder on your computer ...
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Split a file in two different parts but use it under one path

I would like to split a large file (300GB), which is in my home directory under the dev/sdb1 into two (or more) different parts and move them into two different disk drives. However, I would like my ...
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Petit Fat File system on AVR 8-bit, SPI Flash memory

I am using Petit Fat File system for my AVR - 8 bit MCU. I want to port it to flash memory. I am compiling the sources in host Linux PC and programming AVR. I am getting an error of ...
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Failover - folder

Basically I have an application that outputs data to a folder provided as a startup parameter: app -o /path/to/folder The app opens/creates necessary files on startup and then writes to them. The ...
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Are Extended Attributes Indexed?

Are desktop search applications like Beagle or Tracker able to index extended attributes like they do with the other file's attributes? If so, that means that a user can define this extended ...
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Linux cp command: Auto-rename files, windows-like, FAT32, file name restrictions, ignore symbolic links

Linux cp command: How can I auto-rename all files to conform to windows or FAT32 formatted device file name restrictions, and ignore all symbolic links? I am trying to copy the contents of my dropbox ...
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How to know bit-rot has occurred on ReFS?

I have read that ReFS has a built-in checksum mechanism. Automatic bit-rot repair seems to be done only when redundancy is used (Storage Space). If there is an ReFS volume without redundancy, I think ...
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create temporary filesystem in a file

How can I create a temporary filesystem on an NTFS drive using Ubuntu Linux LiveCD? I would like to make a temporary filesystem in a file, like a .dmg or .iso that I can mount and modify files on, on ...
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BTRFS size on disk 200x larger than actual size

Why is BTRFS so grossly misquoting the size of small files on my filesystem? [pi@rpi scipy]% cat __init__.py | wc -c # literal byte count 4729 [pi@rpi scipy]% du --apparent-size -h ...
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Copy entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another

I would like to copy the entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another..i.e contents of each directory as well as regular files in Linux platform. Would be gratefull to know the best way to ...
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How to fix a drive corrupted by TrueCrypt?

I keep an SD card in my Windows 8.1 laptop which contains a TrueCrypt volume. I also sometimes have an unencrypted USB hard drive connected to my laptop, which was formatted as NTFS. Somehow, I ...
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Did I screw up my USB stick? And if not, how can I fix it?

Basically, I am doing various tests with Linux/BSD and USB booting at the moment. I had a live CD for a firewall that offered to partition a (hard) disk. I tried to use my flash drive for this - It ...
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How to sync large directory between two computers? [duplicate]

My company has a large filesystem that needs to be synced between two computers. We do not need a continuous syncing program like Google Drive because we only need the files synced back and fourth ...
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How to create an ISO image that is mountable with Windows?

I have a directory of 1 TB with thousands of small files on ext3 filesystem. Now I want to put it all in an ISO image and send it to Windows with NTFS filesystem. I wonder whether I will be able to ...
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Does this exist: a standardized way of documenting a file-system structure

At work, I'm in charge of maintaining the organization of a whole lot of varied data on a standard file-system. Part of this is coming up with sensible classification (by similarity, need, read/write ...
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Error when booting iPod Video 5G after installing SD card

I bought a used iPod video (A1136) as a project piece to install an SSD in and run Rockbox. I bought a ZIF>CF>SD adapter and am using a 128GB SD Card. I got everything connected correctly and the ...
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Encrypt distant server (file-system) using CPanel/WHM

I want to encrypt my distant CentOS server (whole filesystem encryption). CPanel & WHM are installed on it, can I use them to turn my server encrypted ? Thank you
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Why isn't ownership preserved with “rsync -a” on my Mac?

I am copying files from an internal disk to an external one attached by USB (both are formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)): root# rsync -avi /Volumes/int_hd/ /Volumes/ext_hd/ All directories ...