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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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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My external HD turned to RAW - How to recover my data?

I have an external HD (WD MyBook Essentials) with all of my backups (1TB) for some unknown reason, when I try to connect the drive (Tried several interfaces: eSATA/plugged it into my PC/USB) I get ...
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How to get a list of recently changed files for a directory and all its subdirectories?

In Linux I know a command to find and list the latest modified files in a directory with all its subdirectories which would be find /var/www/ -type f -exec stat --format '%Y :%y %n' {} \; | sort -nr | ...
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Have a file named ~ (tilde) in my home-directory (Linux)

I just noticed that I have a file called ~ in my ~-directory. $ ls -la ~ ... -rw-r----- 1 x1 x1 733962240 Mar 1 17:55 ~ ... Any idea how I can mv or rm it?
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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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Why should I make a separate partition for /tmp?

A few years ago I installed Debian which is my favorite OS. There are many things in Linux I don't understand. For instance: Why should I make separate partitions for /tmp, /var and so on? I ...
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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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How can I generate a list of files from a list of sectors?

I've had a hard disk failure and managed to rescue some data from the disk (1TB) with GNU's ddrescue. The last 800GB of the disk were perfect, no single error, but in the first 200GB there were almost ...
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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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How to increase HOME Folder partition size in centos 6.3 64 bit

Have migrated my system windows 7 to centos 6.3 64 bit, while installing centos 6.3 have created a partition size details given below: Root ext4 30000 boot ext4 20000 tmp ext4 Allowed to fill ...
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File difference on an operating system [closed]

What is the difference between an image file(for example:jpg) and a text file or an executable file on a Linux file system ? I mean to the file system are they all equal and are simply sequence of ...
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File System for virtualization server [on hold]

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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Can I shrink a ZFS filesystem? [closed]

Can I shrink a ZFS filesystem? How?
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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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scp No such file or directory

I've a confusing question for which superuser doesn't seem to have a good answer, and neither google. I'm trying to scp a file from a remote server to my local machine. The command is this scp ...
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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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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 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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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 ...
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A fast modern network filesystem to replace VirtualBox's shared folder emulation

My work code repository is stored in host Linux system, and is accessed from Windows guest; currently, guest can access the repo via 'shared folder' which looks like a samba emulation. But, it just ...
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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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When you copy a file , where is it stored?

When you right click and copy a file before pasting , is the file duplicated and stored in some temporary place before it gets transferred to main memory for storage , what actually happens beneath ...
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Windows 8.1 missing font files after restart

Some days ago I rebooted my windows 8.1 system. After the reboot all my system texts were very cryptic - showing only some strange symbols. After some investigation I discovered that my ...
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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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Mac - Convert from Case-Sensitive to Case-Insensitive File System

So I just got my first Mac. After getting everything set up just the way I wanted it I decided to install Steam. When I opened Steam it said something about not supporting case-sensitive file ...
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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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Is there good FAT driver for FUSE? (Lightweight, not mountlo)

FUSE filesystem list show some FuseFat and FatFuse. Both are old, FatFuse is read-only , FuseFat is non-buildable and probably depends on glib. Now I'm using mountlo for the task (mounting USB drives ...
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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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Firefox, no Open With… option

I have never had an Open With... option with Firefox. Is there a way to get this functionality Here is a screenshot of my context menu. Note that shift-clicking or shift right clicking makes no ...
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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 unmounting the overlayfs, Would it be possible to apply changes saved in upperdir (rw dir) to the lowerdir? (merging changes) Regards
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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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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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Tool to find what files are using all the disk space [duplicate]

Is there a tool for Windows similar to baobab on Linux? That scans the whole drive and displays directories and files by what is using the most space so you can quickly find what is hogging all of ...
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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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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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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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Mountable filesystem that automatically splits files

Is there a [virtual-]filesystem that can automatically split files in storage but present them to the user as single files? For example: The user sees: /user/files/10TBfile But it is stored as: ...
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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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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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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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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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How to create single large storage drive in Server 2012 (+2tb)

Windows server 2012 running on esxi host, I'd like to create a single data drive 6tb in size (D:) and use a second drive C:\ for for OS. How do I achieve this using storage spaces?
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Fixing corrupt files or corrupt file table on a USB drive?

I was doing a virus scan on an external USB drive while copying data over to it. While AVG was scanning my system got locked up I think due to the USB drive running out of space and it required a ...
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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 ...