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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Hiding some folders and files without possibility to make them visible again

I have Windows 7 Home Premium and I need a way to make some folders and files of the Google Chrome browser invisible without the possibility to make them visible again unless reinstalling Windows. ...
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What's up with stat on Mac OS X/Darwin? Or filesystems without names

In response to a question I asked on SO, Give the mount point of a path, one respondant suggested using stat to get the device name associated with the volume of a given path. This works nicely on ...
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USB Filesystem that can run executables and can mount on Linux and OS X

I'm looking for a filesystem that I can format a USB drive with that can run C++ executables. Tried FAT32: $ ./main bash: ./main: Permission denied Tried NTFS: $ ./main bash: ./main: Permission ...
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Journaling on external hard drive

Is journaling a desireable feature for an external hard drive? I am deciding between using NTFS or exFAT. I believe one upside of not having journaling is being able to remove the hard drive as soon ...
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Correcting tree from messed up file tree in NTFS partition

It's a real messed situation, but I'm quite at the end of my options. It's my personal hardrive, so it's very important for me, and yes, I have no backup =( The short story: I have two discs. One ...
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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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NTFS volume in an FAT32 partition?

I've just formatted my new external HDD from FAT32 to NTFS in Ubuntu, but then I noticed that the "partition type" shows as W95 FAT32 (LBA) (0x0c) while the volume shows (correctly) as an NTFS ...
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Snapshots vs. clones in Btrfs

What is the difference between a clone and a snapshot in Btrfs? I read here that the only difference is that snapshot is read-only while clone allows for reading and writing. I haven't found a ...
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ZFS hot spare not working

I have the fallowing ZFS test pool setup in my vm: NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM pool DEGRADED 0 0 0 mirror-0 DEGRADED 0 0 0 sdb ...
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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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Recover removed mirror drive

I had a pair of hard drives set up in a mirror. I removed one of the mirrored drives as I could not restore the mirror, expecting to be able to access the files on the drive. However the drive is now ...
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Disable specific behavior for [name].html - [name]_files combo in Windows

In Windows (7, at least) there's specific behavior for a [name].html file and [name]_files folder in the same parent folder. Normally when you copy and paste a file/folder in the same parent folder as ...
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Why 100MB ext2 boot partition recommended for linux?

A lot of people recommend a separate ext2 boot partition with around 100MB space for Linux installations. What is the significance of this separate boot partition.
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Desktop.ini InfoTip not working

I'm trying to utilize some of the capabilities of desktop.ini in Windows to help organize the network file system at work. Most network folders need an Archive folder at various levels in the ...
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What is the purpose of /home on a mac? [migrated]

On linux, (which I am used to), /home is the place where home folders live. On a mac, home is some kind of crazy mutant: $ mount /dev/disk1 on / (hfs, local, journaled) devfs on /dev (devfs, local, ...
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Windows 7 moving hundreds of files

I have ~600 files each in a folder (alone), in a folder (alone), in a folder (alone),(repeat x8),... joint parent folder. Is there a way to get rid of this absurd structure of useless sub-directories ...
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Determine and change filename encoding on Windows

I have files on a Windows server that have certain accented characters in the name. On Windows Explorer files are displayed normally but running 'dir' at the command prompt with default settings ...
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how to know if noatime or relatime is default mount option in kernel?

I was trying to know if relatime or noatime was set on a filesystem, but i didn't found the information, neither in /etc/fstab, neither in kernel boot options. First of all, it seems clear that i don'...
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pros and cons of union filesystem

When I was using MS-DOS not long ago I had a problem where MS-DOS could only use FAT16 drive, which allowed only 2GB partitions. Unfortunately I had to copy files which was 2,6 GB size, and simply ...
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How to write an autorun file compare program?

I am not very familiar with the concept of auto run files, or what language I would need to do this in. However, my idea is that once I plugin my external hard drive, a GUI would pop up prompting me ...
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How to format linux filesystem within Windows 7?

I have a PC that once had Ubuntu Linux installed on it across 2 SATA hard drives. The first hard drive had the root ( / ) and swap on it. The second had ( /home ) directory as mount point. This ...
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Windows 10: too much data on system disk [duplicate]

I have windows 10 (updated from windows 8.1). Yesterday I found out that there is no enough space on system disk. I deleted all restore points and unused files using windows utils. It didn't help. ...
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cygwin unzip is creating dir/files that I cannot delete later

UnZip 6.00 of 20 April 2009, by Info-ZIP -- from cygwin 32-bit. Windows 7 Enterprise. Run with Administrator access. When I use unzip to explode .zip files, the directories and files that are created ...
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Why are users given the power to manipulate file timestamps?

I have discovered that it is possible to change the timestamps on files. It seems that you can manipulate the Created, Modified, and Accessed date/time. See the MSDN methods: File.SetCreationTime, ...
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How do I copy files onto a microSD card FAT16 partition using Windows7?

I have a microSD card with a FAT16 file partition and I'd like to add some files to it. How can I put files onto the FAT16 partition of a microSD card with Windows 7? Unfortunately my windows box ...
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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 Creates ...
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How to read ext4 partitions on Windows?

Is there a way to read ext4 partitions from Windows? If so, what can I do?
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What filesystem should I use for a large amount of disk space in Linux (>32TB)?

I am trying to make a large file system in linux, but have run into problems with many of the common file systems. JFS has a bug that does not allow expansion over 32TB. XFS has a bug in the fsck ...
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Is there a limit to the number of files I can place in a given folder?

How many files can a folder contain? I have 30k folders inside 1 folder. Each of the folders has 1 image file. Is there a limit on the number of files a folder can store? I am using Windows Server ...
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fsck : more filesystems detected. This should not happen

I accidentally formatted my USB drive which was formatted in ext4 to exfat using the command mkfs.exfat /dev/sdb1 I was trying to recover it using testdisk. It was able to detect the filesystem, ...
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Config file is written in VirtualStore but read from ProgramData

I have an application that uses an config.xml file that is stored in C:\ProgramData\MyApp The config file is created and edited using MyConfigApp.exe and then read by the actual application MyApp.exe....
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nodemon program won't run from command-line

I installed nodemon with npm and it was working fine, but is now inaccessible from the command-line for no apparent reason. I've tried reinstalling it globally, as here: nodemon But as you can see ...
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I can't access the files in ubuntu folder with windows [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu server 14.x.x. I can see the file names with: ls /media/File_Server/TV2 but in Windows, the folder is empty. How can I access these files in Windows?
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Read operation in filesystem

I have a very dumb question. When a read operation is made, am I doing a write too? I'm thinking about write in journal area because my metadata are changed, like mac time. Is my thinking wrong? I ...
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Content of folders disappear when orgnize the files into folders in SD card

I want to transfer larger mp4 files to an SD card with a capacity of 64G.I can transfer these files without a problem if I put all of them in one folder.However if I divide them into different folders,...
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Get number of currently open files (descriptors) in all programms

I've recently read about sysctl kern.maxfiles showing the limit for open files. But how can I print the number of currently open files to see how many are actually used? I only found information on ...
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Win 8.1: Defrag Optimize Issue: Do you want to restore default optimization settings?

Optimize Drives Do you want to restore default optimization settings? Storage optimization is currently using customized settings created by another program. Before you can modify the ...
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GParted cleared/unformatted partition vs Disk Utility's free space

I just read this Q&A, and I think I understand the point being made. My reputation won't allow me to comment, but I would like to ask: is either cleared or unformatted an equivalent to what Mac's ...
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What is “C:\$Extend\$Reparse:$R:$INDEX_ALLOCATION” in Win7?

ProcMon.exe tells me that many different processes including ones owned by standard users, admins, and the SYSTEM user are receiving "ACCESS DENIED" error results when trying to read "C:/$Extend/$...
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Is exFAT FAT64?

I conducted a quick Google search and realized that some people are referring to exFAT as FAT64. Is exFAT just another name for FAT64?
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How does adding an ip/web address to the hosts file block traffic?

It has been discussed how the hosts file can be used to block access to websites (even though ive tried it several times on both a windows and linux machine and it hasn't worked), however, as far as i ...
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Circumvent limitations of CIFS/Samba

My situation: I have a NAS which serves shares via CIFS/Samba. Internally, it uses an ext3 filesystem, but this is not relevant (I think). I have some Linux computers (using ext4 filesystems) which I ...
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Force delete files with a rather large name

I regularly use Node.js 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 ...
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What is the recommended directory to store website content?

When I first started programming for the web and I wanted to create a new project I was always taught to create a directory in /var/www/. However in a lot of tutorials I read people tend to create a ...
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Copying entire file system (linux)

I have a need to copy an entire file system (several TB) from one disk (Raid array) to another. It would be nice to keep the file system online during the transfer as the file system is used (lightly) ...
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How much space do directories consume?

How much space empty directories take? In Windows and NTFS file system it say '0 bytes' which is impossible. How much is really taken up by a directory? Does it depend on the file system or ...
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How to change a FAT16 label without reformatting

This concerns FreeDOS specifically. When formatting a drive FAT16, the label can be specified. That label ends up (in uppercase) at offset 0x7ff8002b of the partition superblock (the partition begins ...
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Why is there such a big difference between “Size” and “Size on disk”?

As you can see below, there is so much difference between the Size and Size on disk fields in my folder. Why is that? I know that Size on disk should be a little more than Size because of ...
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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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Can I batch move many files in many separate subdirectories/folders to a single main one in windows?

I have a ton of files in locations like this: C:/Users/(Username)/Desktop/(Parent-Collection name)/(filename1)/(filename1).ext .../(filename2)/(filename2).ext .../(filename3)/(filename3).ext I am ...