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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What if partition type and file system type don't match?

For example, If I set the type of one partition to 0CH (FAT32(LBA)) and format it to NTFS, can operating system read that partition correctly, will it cause data loss? why?
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Prevent user to read files from vfat filesystems - but allow to write

Its possible do that? I want to mount a flash drive(vfat) in linux and the user be able to write to it but not to read. I've tried: mount /dev/sdb1 /media/mpoint -o fmask=0444 but no results. ...
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What is the different between sdelete -c and -z?

I've learned from this article to use sdelete as a step to shrink VDI file: sdelete -c c: But what does the -c ('Clean free space' as described by its help text) mean? Doesn't it write free space ...
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My directory has become recursive. How can I remove it?

The directory structure of one of my folders has become recursive or something, making an almost endless loop until I cannot go further down: ...
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Find particular file in particular directory

I want to find the particular file name in particular directory in ruby. I tried the following Dir.glob() file = Dir.glob("/home/prakash/Desktop/*.uploaded") output: ...
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What is short-path missing for C:\Program Files? How can I add it back?

Windows 7 (32-bit) I have an application that requires short path syntax for a sub-directory under Program Files (c:\Program Files\Foo Example\Foo Example2). On MOST of my user systems, it's enabled ...
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RAW file system formating

I have flash drive with a RAW file system. I would like to format it (with a filesystem such as NTFS). Is this possible? The flash drive I have is a 16GB Kingston USB. Because it has a RAW file ...
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Snapshotting virtual disks mounted in Windows without using vritualization?

I know that you can mount VHDs in Windows, but you can't create snapshots on the go, like in virtual machines. You have to unmount it first, create a differential VHD using Diskpart and mount it ...
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Open files without extensions in PDF viewer per default [duplicate]

For some reason (backup system, different story) I have a bunch of PDF files without a file name extension. It is possible to configuere my PDF viewer as the default application for files without ...
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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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what is the difference between /var/lib and /var/run

I am studying unix-like filesystem structure especially FHS. Anyways i know in the recent FHS /var/run is moved to /run I can't understand the difference between lib and run. Can someone elaborate ...
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Boot in windows

I have windows 8.1 installed on my laptop; I wanted to install ubuntu with a bootable usb. I think I unvolontary changed the type of the windows partition and now I can't boot on windows, i have the ...
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How to partition hard disk for dual boot for Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux

There are similar questions on this topic, but I could not find exact instructions for my case. I want dual boot system that supports Windows 7 64 bit and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS OS. I want one partition to ...
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From where comes the inode number of a file mounted through NFS?

I asked a question on codereview to know if I could safely replace the following code: :inode => [stat.ino, stat.dev_major, stat.dev_minor], which threw NotImplementedError because of jruby not ...
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How to increase HOME Folder partition size in centos 6.3 64 bit

I have migrated my system from Windows 7 to Centos 6.3 64 bit. While installing centos 6.3, I have created a partition. Details: Root ext4 30000 boot ext4 20000 tmp ext4 Allowed to fill ...
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File System for virtualization server [closed]

I am going to be running a Proxmox (a virtualization distro based on debian wheezy) server. There is going to be 1 or 2 KVM vm and 2 - 3 openVZ containers running at any given time. I want to be able ...
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Is ZFS (filesystem) good for SDcards?

Ive reviewed all filesystems listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_systems I like ZFS the most out of all of filesystems listed there. But is it the best choice for ...
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Can a large number of (small) files degrade the performance of a filesystem?

I'm working on an archival project and currently I'm storing 514600 images (ranging from 200kb to 2mb) on my 4TB NAS drive. The drive itself is formatted as ext4 and I'm writing the files over the ...
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Filesystem vs Object Store

Few months ago I created a PHP storage service, that serves as a bridge between our filesystem and web applications via its REST api. File metadata and file path (and "clustering" per storage type) is ...
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Testdisk VersuS corrupted removable sdcard and phone storage

I've tried most of things for my very specific situation in Testdisk but they didn't help except a few things I havent tried because I dont know if and how do them. What happened: I had removable ...
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What is the correct way to configure a linux installation's partition system?

FIRST Sorry if this is technically a duplicate. i Have searched for the information and was unable to find it in any of the answers or forums. SECOND Since SE likes to close questions that don't get ...
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Caching a file system over the internet

I store all my files on my private server (DSL line, /28 network but still slow, especially the up-stream which is 512kBit). This works well for my smaller files, all my emails, Zarafa etc. But for ...
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How to view file activity (from the command prompt)?

I want to see who recently saved a large number of files to a shared folder on our network, and if I recall, there's a way to print file activity from the last week for example in the command prompt. ...
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Mountpoint for static mounts

I have a new Server with multiple hard drives (four of them). It's running Debian and I am currently installing it. Now I want to mount the HDDs according to the FHS. I found two possible locations: ...
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overlayfs, merging upperdir and lowerdir

After un-mounting the overlayfs, would it be possible to apply changes saved in the upperdir (rw dir) to the lowerdir? (merging changes)
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Userspace manipulation of partition and disk images

On a Linux system, is it possible to use only user-space tools to create and manipulate partition images (which will probably only have ext2 filesystems on them) and then take those partition images ...
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Hidden Files in Linux

In Linux (specifically), what's the difference between making files hidden by adding a "." before the name, or adding a "~" after the name. I know that both work for files, and that only the period ...
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Any way to make Mac understand Windows file paths

My organisation use Windows almost exclusively, but I use a OSX for my work. Their intranet and many applications links to files on the org's Samba shares directly (e.g. "W:\Folder\File.ext") Long ...
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Will a big RAM improve filesystem write IO?

We have hundreds of millions of small files on our server, totally about 500 GB. I'm looking for a way to speed up their creation. Would there be any difference if I get more RAM for that purpose? ...
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Speedier File Access in Window Manager/File Explorer when File Names have Similar Starts

I was wondering both from a Windows [7] and a GNU-Linux system set-up perspective: When you are opening files in the File Explorer/Window Manager and you type in the first letters in the file's name ...
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Why does it take so long time to permanently delete files from a USB memory?

I'm deleting a Python installation folder (12000 files, 256 MB) from a USB flash memory from Windows. It is currently expected to take 40 minutes. Why? I thought it would be enough to change a couple ...
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edited file not saved, while root, with mounted image

My problem is editing a file in the file system of and Android device. I have provided a short synopsis of how I got the file system off the Android device and mounted it on a Ubuntu PC - but the ...
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Time stamping of files in Windows 8

I need to know the exact time I shot a video. The video was shot with an iPhone and moved to a Windows 8 PC. The Properties dialog in Windows tells me the following about this file: Created: ...
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(Relatively) safe and reliable, eternally reserved/unused drive areas?

I’m trying to find out if there are any areas of a drive (preferably file-system–independent) which are never really used. To clarify, I’ll demonstrate my use-case scenario. I am writing a tool to ...
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Fast splitting of list of files in chunks of the same size (memory)

See title. Assume I have the following list of files and relatives sizes: cat list_of_files.txt: 1243 001.txt 124 002.txt 4132 003.txt 3000 004.txt I want to be able to split into multiple chunks ...
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Massive slowdown in HDD

I was running a multi-threaded program that makes huge amount of I/O operations, Basically reading/writing Millions of files. I had some problems/bugs and I used to halt the program to fix something ...
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Tools to create a 'GitHub' style index page for files/folder on a fileserver?

My workplace doesn't have a document management system. People just throw files on a shared fileserver, where search doesn't really work. Trying to find information/files for a particular project by ...
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ext4 superblock checksum?

I'm reading the ext4 superblock, but its s_checksum (offset 0x3FC) is always zero. Also the s_checksum_type (offset 0x175) field is zero as well, however according to ...
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Is there a method of pre-pending one text file to another much larger text file without cat?

I have a 330 Gb file and 10 lines of text I'd like to pre-pend to the file. I don't particularly want to write out all 330 Gb again, just for 10 lines of text. Is there some low level command that ...
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Can't create symlink on Windows VM's mapped network drive

I have a Server 2008 VM (Parallels 9), and I share a folder from OSX via a mapped network drive "T:". I am trying to make a symlink from one folder on T: to another folder on the same drive, like so: ...
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Hard disk space utilization anomaly between two methods

Issue I have an external hard drive formatted as NTFS with a single partition, for which, when I check for properties of disk space it shows, 450 GB used and 6 GB free. If I try to write a 7 GB file, ...
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Phantom files at random, all 0kb

One of my clients has been having phantom files being created in the drive locations he's been working in. Let's say for example he's working in C:\Users\John\Documents\Church-stuff\ on a document ...
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Persisting Silent File Corruption Through Mirrored Backup

I have over two terabytes of flac files and I mirror those files to another drive using RoboCopy. I was wondering about the following scenario. The drive storing the files begins to fail and several ...
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Boot Directory as FAT32 with Qemu

I have a directory "root" with a subdirectory structure corresponding to an ARM OS suitable for running on the Raspberry Pi. This directory structure is implemented in NTFS. I could (theoretically) ...
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Linux LUKS and choice of filesystem

Which filesystem displays the best performance when running on a LUKS encrypted partition? Does it make sense to use f2fs when the LUKS partition is on an SSD, or does the device-mapper abstraction ...
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How to delete .Trashes/* on NTFS drive on Mac?

I installed Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2013.2 on Mac OS X 10.9. I find that /Volumes/<some NTFS drive>/.Trashes/* on a NTFS drive I mounted on Mac cannot be deleted. Any idea? Things I tried in vain: ...
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Optimal Linux partition configuration

What's an optimal distribution of partitions for Linux(mint16)? I know almost any Linux user will say that it's a matter of opinion but I'm new to Linux and also fairly new to file systems. I'm just ...
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Why some write-in-progress files report 0 byte but shrinking drive's free space?

Occasionally I come across programs that write files that are "0 byte" long during writes, according to the file-system, but the write shrinks the drive's reported free space. Example programs are ...
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DVD files not appear in file manager both windows and os x

Many thanks for reading. I have a DVD - R containing a set of MRI images along with the viewer (GE MRI machine dvd write). In my effort to browse the DVD it appears empty in both Apple and Windows ...
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Missing files on preserved directories structure (osx)

I'm missing all files from a particular folder inside a partition. What I find odd is that all the folder structure remain intact, but it have 0KB. I've ls from shell to be sure it's not a finder ...