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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Non-hidden directory doesn't show in Explorer, but the program that made it can access it

I'm using IMAPSize to backup my mailboxes. The process just dumps the contents of your mailbox into .eml files on your disk. Anyway, the first mailbox I backed up shows up as I expect. However, the ...
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Windows 2012 Prevent file deletion / copy files on write

I am trying to troubleshoot an application on Windows 2012 that writes temporary files and immediately deletes them[1]. How can I best get to see those files? I know what directory they are in, so ...
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Do file attributes in CDs and DVDs change if you access them?

I have snooped over my boyfriend's old CDs and DVDs. I opened and copied (with copy paste) some of the files (jpeg and videos). Does this action change the file attributes (date accessed, etc.) of the ...
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File slack / RAM slack: why does Windows write arbitrary RAM bytes to disk? Does Linux too?

I just read about file slack in a book about Windows 7. What I already (think to) know: Windows stores data on the disk in clusters. A cluster usually contains 8 sectors of 512 bytes each, so 4096 ...
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How to clean up/optimize/defrag $Extend\RmMetadata\$Txf files?

After analyzing my HDD, I see so many small files with no extensions. Their paths are mostly C:\$Extend\$RmMetadata\$Txf.. File names start with 000000000[xxxx] Is there a way to defrag all of them ...
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Is deleting a file “writing” or “reading”?

A question I pondered today... I have a meter in my Mac's top bar that shows read/write activity to the hard drive. Is deleting a mass amount of files considered reading or writing?
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Filesystem: allocating big blocks of disk space to files for efficiency?

My computer was SLOW. A defrag took HOURS. The disk still seemed messy afterwards! "Time is money!" My file-system dates from an era when disk space cost a fortune. Today, even terabyte drives ...
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How to make a symbolic link to an USB device under Windows? [duplicate]

Scenario: I use a PC running Windows (10). I run git. git looks up the directory %USERPROFILE%\.ssh for the private keys. Problem: I want to keep my keys on my removable USB drive. I can make a ...
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Should I clear deleted/unused inode?

I trampled my filesystem and I'm trying to use fsck to get it back. I don't understand the question it is asking me though. For example: Entry 'Trolly 2.jpg' in .../Trolly (70115341) has ...
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Moving all files of nested folders to other folder

I have an hierarchy of folders like this: MainFolder | | - 01 | - 02 | - 03 | - 04 | - 05 | - 06 | - 07 | - 08 | - 09 | - 10 And inside each of this ten folders, I have other 10 folders, and so on. ...
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How can I remount external drives after a power failure?

I know I can run a script that basically does this: sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/my_flashdrive/. Is there a better way to do this on a small server with many external drives?
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Messed up folder structure

Something strange happened to my mom's USB HDD (NTFS). She stores photos there, and all of the sudden some of the photos folders (around 150GB) were moved to the root location of the HDD. All of ...
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Files disappeared after hard reboot

hopefully this is the correct place to ask this. So on my external hard drive (Seagate 1.5 TB) I was holding some data I wanted to analyze as well as my Steam video game library. I was downloading ...
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File-based loop device with writing support and dynamic size

Usually loop device (v-node disk) is based on a file with pre-allocated size (e.g. an image of a floppy drive or ISO disk). The device is then treated as a block device and can be formatted with any ...
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Tar encounters “Cannot open: Not a directory” while compressing

I am using fakeroot v1.12.4 for packaging and extraction on RHEL-6.4. I have two different servers where I am compressing files using tar v1.23. Compression is failing on one server with this error: ...
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What happens (behind the scene) when we create a blank folder?

Let's start with Windows with NTFS. I'm just curious what happens when we create a new blank Folder. I'm actually more curious on how (where) a blank folder information is stored (or) how much of ...
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How can you modify the file size property or read more bytes than it indicates?

A friend of mine saved a file when her computer (a Mac) crashed. She assumed the file was saved and didn't worry about it too much, but now she saw the file size is 0 bytes and the file is empty for ...
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File system which supports trim command for shared SSD

I have a ~500GB SSD and I want to read/write on it from both of Windows and Linux. As far as I know, there are three choices for file system of shared drives: FAT32, NTFS and exFAT. FAT32: Not an ...
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Automount device with correct filesystem

Is there a way to automatically mount an external drive to the same location on debian linux at bootup, when theres a chance that its not the same device (and therefore not the same filesystem) each ...
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Delete a bugged folder

I am using Xnview MP which is still in beta right now. I accidentally made a copy of some folders through drag and drop in their folder tree. Then I tried deleting them through it. Contents got ...
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Union mount of sparsebundle on OS X

I am attempting to create a sort of file system overlay in OS X 10.11.3 (El Capitan). What I want to achieve is to be able to have read access to the contents of a portion of the main/underlying file ...
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Configure Centos external raid drive on restart

I am using Centos 7 with an external file server attached. After determining the drive name with "fdisk -l" I edited the /etc/fstab file so that the drive can be mounted: # Add the file server ...
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Filenames beginning with a period

Will Renaming files from say "dot myfile" to ".myfile" cause the filesystem or some other part of Windows to somehow freak out in any sort of way. I have around 3 oe 4 files so far like this, and I ...
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Is it possible to recover a file just deleted by an application but the space not released on OS X?

I'm installing Xcode from Mac App Store but sadly fails every time near finish with Xcode failed to download Use the Purchases page to try again. message. Except once that I copied pkg ...
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Is it possible to prevent an application remove a file but allow it write on OS X?

I'm installing Xcode from Mac App Store but sadly fails every time near finish with Xcode failed to download Use the Purchases page to try again. message. Except once that I copied pkg ...
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Define btrfs subvolume parent?

How can I create a btrfs subvolume such that it is the child of another specific subvolume? Or, how can I ensure that it will be created with parent/top level of 5, as many of my existing subvolumes ...
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GPT partition type for ext4 filesystem

My disk is formatted using GPT. I created a new partition and by default it was create as 'Linux filesystem' (gdisk code 8300). When I am trying to mount it via fstab /dev/sda4 /vmguests ...
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File system for external hard disk that supports access from Windows and Mac OS X [duplicate]

What is the file system for external hard disk that supports access from Windows and Mac OS X? Also, I would like to backup using Mac Time Machine application, and use the disk to store other data. ...
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External hard drive spins down using NTFS but not EXT4 (Raspbian)

I have a new 2015/2016 model Seagate Expansion Desktop (STEB2000300) connected to a Raspberry Pi. I have set on the drives firmware (in Windows 7) so that it turns off automatically after a quick 3 ...
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Mount second SSD disc to existing file system

I have a 256GB OS SSD, and another new 256GB SSD, i would like to expand my C:/ partition to this new drive, effectively expanding the C:/ partition to 512GB Instead of 2x256GB partitions 1x512GB ...
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How does mounting/unmounting of containers hide/reveal data

I was looking to encrypt files/drives etc and came across VeraCrypt disk encryption tool. I am reading through the documentation and also downloaded the tool. It took hardly a couple of minutes to ...
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EFI Shell: Volume is not mapped to filesystem

I got a MSI gaming 3 mainboard, SanDisk SSD 256GiB, Seagate HDD 1TB the mainboard automatically installed the efi shell v2.31 on my hdd /dev/sda1 after installing windows on the ssd and fedora on ...
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What file is executed when pressing Win + Shift + S?

From my understanding, shortcuts are convenient ways of executing files on a computer. What file is executed when clicking Win + Shift + S, the shortcut that allows you to take a snip of the screen ...
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Determining HDD file format?

I took the working IDE system drive out of an old Mac G3 system and I'd like to read its files on a Windows 10 OS. I have the Ext2Fsd driver and volume manager installed on my Windows system, which ...
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Cannot delete directory on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS

As you can see below the root user cannot remove myapp directory but can write and delete files in this directory. The filesystem is ext4. Is this a filesystem issue? Do you have any ideas on it? ...
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2 exact copies of autorun.inf, one works one doesnt [duplicate]

I have two Autorun.inf files, the code inside them are exact same. But only 1 works, other one doesn't work. The one that work is copied from DVD, and i edited it. The one that doesn't work created ...
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Special file that keeps only the last n lines

Is there a way to create special files under Linux that would keep only, say the 100 last written lines? I have a process filling a log file, and I'd like to regularly parse its 100 last lines. I ...
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Can't access to trash?

Whenever I try to enter into Trash Bin in Nautilus when a file is in it, an error message will display: Sorry, could not display all the contents of trash:///: Operation not supported. Neither sudo or ...
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Is it possible to create a user-dependent link to a network folder?

This is, I guess, more of an academic question, but is it possible to create a link at common pointing to the user's network-home directory? So, when user A follows this link, it points to ...
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HDD filesystem suddenly changed to RAW and testdisk show Filesystem seems damaged

One old PC which my dad uses suddenly didn't boot into Windows XP. So I get HDDs from it and put them into external HDD box. One of them is shown in Explorer but can't access it, it shows message: You ...
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What is the other alternative technique of RAID? [closed]

I've been searching about this topic but I keep getting RAID only. I was told that there is another technique for data recovery and redundancy that replaces RAID. Kindly, can someone enlighten me. ...
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How much data storage will be lost converting a 4 GB Compact Flash from FAT32 to FAT16?

i would need to know how to calculate the space still available after formatting if had been lost. I will use a device for collecting physiological data that requires FAT16, on the other hand i would ...
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Copy Dialog Box is not shown while copying

I seem to have a peculiar problem in Windows. So let's get straight to the point, A few days back i've attempted to copy a 10GB folder between my desktop and an external hard drive. When I copied the ...
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External hard drive is not seen in computer but it can be seen in devices computer management [duplicate]

I have 1TB WD My Passport portable hard disk. I was using it with both Windows 7 and Linux. However something is wrong with it. Both OS do not recognize it and I can see my external disk is ...
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Copy files mentioned in List one by one only after completion

I have a list of file names in a text file files.txt which are listed one by one in next line ie. file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt file4.txt ... ... ... I have to execute the following command for ...
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Android can read my MicrosSD card but Windows cannot

I have recently bought this MicroSD card. The disk was working nicely with my both Android device and Windows PC (through its built-in MemoryCard reader). This is what I have done to cause the ...
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Using 16 TB volumes with the ext3 filesystem on a Drobo Pro

There seems to be a limit to the usable volume size on the Drobo Pro disk array that only applies when using the ext3 file system. On other file systems, volumes can be 16 TB, but for ext3, Drobo ...
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How to automount in ChromeOS? Biggest partition not mounting at startup on my Chromebook

I was pretty excited to realize there's a Chromebook tag on here on SuperUser, very cool! Not finding this answer on SO or SU or after a lot of Googling. Question is: My biggest partition (9Gb) ...
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Is it possible to delete, let alone see, a file called “␀” on Windows 8?

There is a file on my Mac called ␀, which is literally impossible to delete in OS X. I got access to Windows 8 and thought I could delete the file from there, but it's not even visible. So are you ...
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Can an operating system access a network drive that is formatted with an unsupported file system?

I've recently installed Windows Server 2012 and am planning to format my 2tb hard drive with the REFS file format. Afterwards, I would like to set it up as a network drive. I understand that there are ...