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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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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rm,cp,mv,stat silently failing on certain file

Has anyone encountered a situation where a certain file becomes corrupted such that all operations on it fail (specifically they hang without any error message)? In my case this happened to an image ...
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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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Can Email Services download files on your computer without your permission/knowledge?

The company I work for is involved in security clearance work, and thus all company computers are monitored (files, screenshots, etc). However, the following questions involve personal computers, not ...
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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 ...
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Does ext3 filesystem allow to extend partition when mounted?

I read that ext3 filesystem can be extended "online". Does ext3 allow to extend a mounted partition? I found this strange question on a test.
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What are the various link types in Windows? How do I create them?

Is it possible to link two files or folders without having a different extension under Windows? I'm looking for functionality equivalent to the soft and hard links in Unix.
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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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How to sort filename duplicates numerically, with unnumbered filename first?

I have a list of files with the same name, but with numbers appended (see image). Like this: Target practice (01) Target practice (02) Target practice (03) Target practice How does one make ...
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Is it normal for mke2fs to consume above 100MB or RAM?

When I run mke2fs -t [ext2|ext3|ext4] /dev/sda1 program consumes above 100 MB of memory which can be quite problematic for embedded system. Is that normal behaviour? Is there a way to lower it somehow?...
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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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Is there a file system that supports the “Execute” permission that is supported by Windows and Linux?

I'm setting up a flash drive that someone else has to use for both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04. Both contain programs for each OS. However, I cannot set the execute flag on Linux, so I cannot run any ...
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How to read btrfs volumes on windows?

Basically the same asHow to read ext4 partitions on Windows ?. As I wanted to enjoy btrfs features such as transparent compression or auto defragmentation, I installed my Linux system on a btrfs ...
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Why do microSD cards have less than advertised space?

I bought a new 32GB microSD card. Windows says the capacity is 29.3GB (31,474,057,216) in Properties for the drive. Why? I expected 1024x1024x1024x32 = 34,359,738,368 bytes. I can accept 0.5GB for ...
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Put files deleted over the network into a Windows trash can?

From a Windows workstation when I delete files over the network (e.g. a file share, server disk, etc) those files are never put into a trash can, either on my Windows workstation or on the server - ...
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Swapon failed: Invalid argument on a Linux system with Btrfs filesystem

What's wrong with this sequence of operation, running on a Debian Squeeze system with a Btrfs filesystem? $ dd if=/dev/zero of=swapfile2 bs=1024 count=524288 $ sudo mkswap swapfile2 $ sudo chown root:...
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How do I shrink an SD Card image?

I imaged a 16 GB SD card using the dd command. The card however, does not have more than 4 GB of data on it across 2 partitions (FAT32 & ext3). I would like to transfer this image on to a 8GB SD ...
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install newer software by just replacing files on file system

Hypothetical question about installation of software. An .exe or .dmg file of version 1 is downloaded and installed. The folders in file system that it creates and stores it's info in it are A, B and ...
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Windows locks directories entirely after I try deleting them

I have a problem where sometimes Windows blocks access to a directory entirely (and I mean entirely; I can't even see the owner, file permissions and other metadata). The problem is not entirely ...
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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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Monitor filesystem and alert if there are X amounts of changes

we are looking for a script / tool that monitors our filesystems. It should send us an alert if there are X changes made in X amount of time. We are using Windows Server 2008. Example: On network ...
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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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Isolate application in a folder

I have an executable application that I want to isolate. I want to make it so it cannot escape its folder and write outside of it(but can read data from a special shared folder). I need this on Mac ...
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Windows folder size far bigger than all files and folders within combined

One of the computers on our network ran out of harddisk space, and it turned out the size of the Windows folder is given as nearly 70Gb (when going to my computer, then the c drive) and then right ...
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Can I expand the size of a file based disk image?

I created an empty disk image using dd, then I used mkfs to make it a real filesystem image. I am mounting and using it fine. What I need is to be able to expand or shrink this file based disk image ...
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How to lock a file in Windows without changing it or using third party tools?

Is there a way to lock a file with on-board tools so it can't be deleted or overwritten? For testing of copy scripts I need to lock files temporarily to check the error handling in the scripts. Till ...
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linux system stuck in read-only file system

Somehow after enabling the use of my device tree and uninstalling the pre-installed wolfram-alpha software my raspberry pi 2 is stuck in read only. Every time I try and create a directory I get: ...
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Deliberately slow down file access speed

I am trying to deliberately slow down access to files on my Windows machine to test load times on an application I am making. I've tried virtual machines and giving it limited CPU/RAM resources, but ...
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I dont know how to open a file with .iaxe extension

I have received a file from my friend with .iaxe file extension. I want to open it but i cant. I have tried file viewer pro but still not working. please let me know how to open the file.
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How to use Seagate hard drive for both Mac and Windows

I recently bought a Seagate for Mac 1 TB external hard drive. When I connect to my MacBook through the FireWire, it works fine, but I also have media on my Dell laptop which is running Windows Vista. ...
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Contents of Users\Default folder in Windows [duplicate]

Can you help me with two things: On a Windows machine, what does the folder named 'Default' (Found under Users\Default) contain? I have a slight idea that it serves as a template for different user ...
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Diskstation (Networkshare) - Deleted File but Space still in Use

So I've been trying to clear up some space on my backup drive. The Volume is 17TB in Size but it's in use by 96%. Now, I deleted a 2.5TB File but the usage isn't going down. I've went ahead and ...
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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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Impossible to modify Windows 10 drives from other OSs

I'm here to describe an interesting issue I've been facing today, in order to get some hints or solutions. My goal : access and modify one of my computer's Windows (10) system hard drive in order to ...
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How to make guard/listen work on Mac/Vagrant

I'm trying to set up Guard and Listen in order to forward fs events from host Mac system to guest Linux. Maybe it's just me but the documentation is not clear to me - I have not been able to make it ...
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How do I migrate from ecryptfs to a similar setup using ext4 filesystem level encryption?

Currently I'm using ecryptfs - it's a software layer that encrypts my home folder with a key which is in turn encrypted with my password, and it hooks into PAM to unlock it on login. Unfortunately, ...
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How many inodes I need?

I'm running a Buildroot image that has not the -i flag for df. I have near 100 MB of free space, but when I try to add a nodejs module using npm install I get the error "no free space left". I guess ...