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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Are there any issues with having huge folders?

My site requires 10,000+ 1-2 seconds mp3 clips, saved as individual files. They are each about 12Kb in size. Are there any potential issues with storing them all in one huge folder as word_1.mp3, ...
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List of recently changed files for a directory and all subdirectories

In Linux I know this command to find and list the latest modified files in a directory with all its subdirectories. find /var/www/ -type f -exec stat --format '%Y :%y %n' {} \; | sort -nr | cut -d: ...
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Only show hidden files in certain directories

On a Unix system (or more specifically on Mac OS X) is it possible to show hidden files in only some directories? For example as a developer I want to see the hidden files in my Ruby on Rails ...
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How do I reload windows without rebooting

I was wondering, is it possible to reload all the files in windows without rebooting the system to save time like when you install a new program and it asked you to reboot your PC, but instead I want ...
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Recover data from a Samsung DVD recorder's hard drive

I have a Samsung DVD recorder: I want to recover data from its hard disk. I need to buy a SATA-to-USB adapter and connect the hard drive to power then to USB and mount it on my PC. I have done data ...
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Linux Filesystem with either no discretionary access control (user/group permissions) or that can have it disabled

Is there a file system for linux that has no permissions? I have a folder that is shared between multiple applications and although they are all running in the same group, I am constantly having ...
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On a Mac, how can I find all files on a NTFS partition that have the same name, given case *in*sensitivity?

Here's the deal, I have a huge mess of files on an external drive that is formatted as NTFS. I wish to copy all of these files onto my MacBook Pro. NTFS, like sane filesystems, is case sensitive. HFS ...
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Linux: locking root filesystem to read-only

I have an industrial computer (read: no keyboard/mouse/monitor except during maintenance) which will control some machinery. The operating system will be Linux (I would prefer OpenSuSE, but it's not a ...
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Transfer large amount of data in chunks

I need to copy data from one server to another however the only median we have is a small HDD. What is the best way to split up the data and merge it back on the other end without creating archives as ...
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Differences of aufs, unionfs and overlayfs from each other

I have to join two file systems, one read-only (squashfs) and one read-write (ext4). My plan is to mount the read-write filesystem over the read-only flesystem so it appears writable. When I make some ...
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can filling up a disk and then freeing up space cause filesystem problems a month later?

I had an incident happen not too long ago with a server running mysql. Someone had enabled slow query logging on the server but never bothered to implement a log rotation, so the log files slowly ...
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Find out where Data is stored in Windows Vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s using up my disk space? Best program to visualize file system usage on Windows? I've recently hit the cap on my 450gig HD and I can't seem to figure out ...
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Delete the “Temp” folder?

I know that the "Temp" folder is the place where Windows and the installed programs save their temporary files. Is there a tool that could delete all temporary files on my Windows 7 system?
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Folder named `xyz` appears under the name `Public Desktop` in Windows Explorer?

In Windows 8: I have a folder that is currently named 'unused' but the same behavior occurs with any name that I rename it to. The name appears correctly in CMD when I type dir but when I look for the ...
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On Windows, what could be creating these strangely named, locked versions of .doc files?

I have a user who has .doc files called Foo.doc and Bar.doc. Later they find files named ~$01-1-Foo.doc and ~$05-1-Bar.doc in the same directory. The new files are locked and disrupting the operation ...
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Actual File Size on Windows [duplicate]

I have a question related to what I'm currently testing/working on/trying to understand. I created a small text file with the following content abc.txt ABCDEF Now when I view File Properties I ...
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How do I identify the file system used on a partition?

Let's say I have a disk which has undergone corruption and I can't boot it anymore. How can I identify out the file system that has been used for the disk partition in an easy way?
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Directory vs. Folder

Are both names synonyms or should one prefer one name over the other on different platforms?
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Are my disks waking up too often?

I have noticed a sequence of this messages in my logs: Oct 27 02:20:38 kernel: sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Synchronizing SCSI cache Oct 27 02:20:38 kernel: sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Stopping disk Oct 27 02:20:38 ...
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how can I do a Windows file search by file owner

I want to find a particular Excel file created by a past employee. All I know for sure is the file format (Excel 1997-2003) and the file owner's name. How can I search for this file on a Windows ...
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What is the difference between ./ and ../?

when we specify the file path some times we specify like ./filename and some time ../filename what is difference between these two?
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directory junction vs directory symbolic link?

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target /D Creates a directory symbolic link. Default is a file symbolic link. /H Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link. /J ...
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Dropbox permissions issue, elementary OS

Using elementary OS Freya x64 on my laptop I wanted to install Dropbox now. I also use windows 8 on another partition, where dropbox was already installed and working. To not waste space I used this ...
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How to migrate a root filesystem to another partition from within running system?

I try to migrate a root filesystem from ext4 to another partition type (zfs) and started with a simple rsync -a --exclude=/boot --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/media --exclude=/tmp --exclude=[all zfs ...
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Case sensitive folder names in OS X

I have two folders on a Tomcat server: linkredirect LINKredirect (I know it is bad practice to use upper case, but it is out of my control) Both directories are hosted on the server and there ...
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Folders Of External Hard Drive being are behaved like Protected Operating system Files [duplicate]

Some days ago I mounted my External Hard Drive to the Friend's Laptop (WinXP), Then all Folders on the Hard's root have been hidden (on all Windows Versions).therefore to access them you should know ...
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Creating ext4 partition from console

I have a volume /dev/sda1 (1.2 TB) containing an NTFS partition using 0.6 TB space. I want to make an ext4 partition in the remaining 0.6 TB space. I have not tried anything yet because I don't want ...
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Unable to Repair Disk using Mac OS X Disk Utility

My wife has been complaining about her MacBook Air's performance. It seems to work fine, but when I ran Disk Utility and did a "Verify Disk", it reported filesystem errors. The "Repair Disk" button ...
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Does “…” have meaning as a relative pathname? (EDIT: No.)

1. Is there a relative pathname/directory/folder meaning for the expression "..."? 2. What does "..." refer to in the context cited? I encountered the expression "..." when looking at the ...
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How are directory structures stored in UNIX filesystem?

I have read that each directories store their content (files and subdirectories) by using a list of filename and inode pairs. But none of the reference I got said something about how they are stored. ...
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Combining Directories in Windows 8

Is it possible to set up a directory which contains: File A File B File C then create a second directory that initially contains: File D File E is it possible, I can modify the second directory ...
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WAFL - Write Anywhere File Layout

Hi I'm looking for some information on how WAFL works , more specifically I need help in understanding the following parts. To make your task of answering simpler I've outlined a few questions. ...
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What is and how to open a .xsig file extension?

I have received a .xsig document, that I can read in plain text. Is there any way of visualize the document with an application?
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What's happening when you do 'cd //'? [duplicate]

This is just trivia really, but it's just got me wondering what's going on. I accidentally hit / instead of . today and got this: [andrew.morris@server ~]$ cd // [andrew.morris@server //]$ pwd / I ...
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Unable to Create Files In Directory

There are lot of these kinds of questions on superuser, so I'll try and keep this quick by telling you what it's not: There is no application involved here. Just a user and a filesystem. I can login ...
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Filesystem data replication like in torrent protocol

I'm searching solution that will allow me replicate files from master file system to slaves file systems on application layer. Replication will be done via WAN or LAN, when slave trying to ...
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Access data from a linux partition inside an image without root privileges

I have a whole-drive image file containing a partition table and some partitions. I would like to list and read files from an ext2/ext3 partition inside this file. Using root priveleges, it is ...
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Explode all folders

I've got a folder with about a hundred sub folders and again each ones of those has between 10 and 20 sub folders, so all in all a pretty large folder tree. Is there a simple way I can explode or ...
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ls -lrt showing file which is not present

When I do ls -lart in my current working directory it shows lrwxrwxrwx 1 root 10004 36 Dec 16 17:59 index.html ->/home/moviebeam/assets/ui/index.html But I cannot see contents of the ...
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What is file ']' ? How is it created?

I wonder how this file got in my directory? When I run ls -lrt it shows -rw-r--r-- 1 and size 117562 . Can I get any directions for this?
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Reformat SD card to NTFS

I want to reformat a 16 GB SD card to NTFS so that I can use it to transfer large files (larger than 4 GB) from one computer to another easily, but my computer will only allow FAT ...
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Meaning of . and .. directories in linux [duplicate]

When display hidden file and directory in terminal using ls -la it show two directory i.e. . and .. and when list the content of dot(.) directory it contain all file and directories that is in it's ...
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OSX “._” prefixed file names

when i name a file with prefix "._" it just disappear, altrought, other "." beginning files are still visible what are "._" and how can i see them in finder? Note: i did enable to see files ...
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Prevent a file/folder being invisible [duplicate]

Is there a way to prevent a file or folder being set invisible ? I am working on an infected machine (which I cannot disinfect) that constantly makes the files and folders in my usb stick invisible. I ...
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Which file attributes are stored in the directory entries and which in the inodes?

I want to do some deduplication of old files, replacing duplicates with hardlinks. To minimize loss of metadata, I want to set the directory entry attributes of each new hardlink to the attributes of ...
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Move files from EXT to NTFS preserving symbolic links

When I try to move lots of files from an EXT partition to an NTFS partition in Ubuntu, it complains about "Filesystem does not support symbolic links", and fails. Of course NTFS does support symbolic ...
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How can I recursively clear the “Hidden” file flag on Windows Vista?

A friend's computer was recently infected with a virus. I hope the virus has been removed successfully. But, it appears that the virus set the "Hidden" flag on most directories and files on the ...
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Read error in large file

I have a MPG file, 2.1 GB. I tried copying it from my windows machine to linux one. Only about 1GB of data got copied (the resulting file plays fine), and then I got a read error. So, on the source ...
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Why are two files reported in RECYCLER when recycle bin is empty?

I have emptied the Recycle Bin. However, when I right-click on the RECYCLER folder on drive C and select Properties, it says "Contains 2 files, 1 folders". I see a folder in there with a random ...
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Are there any issues of have huge files in HD in a 32 bit system?

I know that in 32 bit systems the largest memory we can have is 4GB (2^32). But I am not clear what is the implication of this in terms of files. I think that we can have files of arbitrary size in ...