The system used to format and organize files on a disk. This includes directory structure, permissions management, metadata, and more. The current default file system for the Mac OS is HFS+

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Resizing system partition

When I installed OSX Mavericks, I left free space after my system partition in case I wanted to install a second OS there. This has proved unnecessary — I've never modified the partition table — and ...
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How many partitions should I make and what formatting schemes should be used on those partitions?

I am thinking of buying a 2 TB WD My Passport Ultra External Hard drive and I'll be using it with both OS X and Windows. I am planning to use this drive for my Time Machine data backup after creating ...
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Search for .bashrc or other dotfiles in Finder

When I search for files in my home folder that have a filename equal to ".bash_history", I don't get any results, even though that file is there. How can I search for dotfiles in Finder? (I know how ...
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Keeping original Created and Modified dates for downloads in osx

Whenever I download files from Safari (in osx Mavericks), they appear in my Downloads folder as "new files" with the current timestamp as Created Date and Modified Date. Does anyone know how to ...
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Suggestions for copying iTunes songs and playlists to SDCARD/player and cleaning up the “name mess”?

This might be a bit of an odd one. I have a collection on songs in iTunes and I'd like to copy it to an SDCARD to play it on my car's radio, together with the playlists I have to listen to the music ...
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Speech Bubbles cut off and other strange behaviours

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13" late'13 and figured out some strange behavior lately. In the messenger.app when i post my message the speech-bubbles get cut off and when i scroll they get displayed ...
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If iOS's filesystem is case-sensitive then why can't I save a.pages and A.pages?

When I try to save document in Pages.app on iOS with the same name but a different case I get: "a" is already taken. Please choose a different name. I would expect that this would work if iOS is ...
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Are finder tags case-sensitive?

OS X Mavericks introduced file tagging to Finder and the filesystem. Are these tags case-senstive? For example, could I have an Apple and apple tag?
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fs_usage returns a LOT of ioctl lines

I've been reading up on interesting Terminal commands (I've used it forever, but there's always more to learn) when I ran across this. I ran sudo fs_usage and got a whole lot of this: ... 13:39:09 ...
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Empty .MOV file, stuck on iPhone

After using Image Capture to copy all my photos and movies from my iPhone to my Mac, and deleting from the iPhone, I find I have one stubborn remaining file listed in Image Capture. It has a usual ...
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iPhone: Is it possible to rename the extension of a file?

I have an iPhone 5. I am new to this world. Example file: MyFile.zip.jpg ... must be renamed to: MyFile.zip ... or, if not possible or feasible, this file : MyFile.jpg ... must be renamed ...
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How to change a directory name?

My home directory was not where it was supposed to be. I was able to fix the directory location. Then needed to fix the permission of home directory with $ cd /Users/ $ sudo chown -R hook1:staff ...
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Moving exclusively to tags to manage files in OS X

Has anyone using OS X abandoned folders completely and moved exclusively to using tags? If so, has this been successful (a better way to manage files)? What are the pros and cons? What advice would ...
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How to remove '/home' directory?

OS X 10.9.5. I have a /home directory in my filesystem. I want to remove it and create a symlink named /home pointing to /Users to make symlinks from GNU/Linux usable. But I cannot remove /home ...
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Finding the directory an application uses for temporary files

Is there procedure or tool that can be used to find the directory in which an application stores its temporary files? My cloud backup service reports how many files remain to be backed up. This ...
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What's the difference between a package and bundle?

I seemingly see the words package and bundle used interchangeably in Apple documentation referring to a special folder in the file system that the user sees as document (iWork Pages document) or ...
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Stop prompting to unlock disk

I have two hard disks on my 2012 Mac Mini. The first disk is partitioned with Mac HD and Data HD. The second drive has OS X Public Beta and Windows partitioned. I want to prevent OS X on my main disk ...
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To have RAM-based filesystem in OSX?

I would like do real-time monitoring, discussing one part of it here about counting quickly. No packages about it in homebrew. How can you have RAM-based filesystem in OSX?
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To install Busybox in OSX

I am thinking initramfs -filesystem in this thread. I run unsuccessfully brew search busybox and no including package in Google clearly. Busybox is included in Linux by default but not in OSX. ...
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OS X cd command in /usr/bin instead of /bin

On OS X 10.8 I was looking at my /bin folder and found that cd was not there, but rather in the /usr/bin folder. Why is that? From the FHS (Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. I know that /bin should ...
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No NTFS Access Using Paragon and Tuxera in Yosemite

I earlier used OSXFuse/NTFS-3G method to access my Bootcamp Windows partition and my portable drive while using Mavericks. Recently when I upgraded to Yosemite I noticed that NTFS read/write access ...
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OS X Case-sensitive issues?

It's been a few years since I tried a case-sensitive install of OS X and I'm wondering how it is these days? I had to revert to case-insensitivity before due to Adobe CS but I think that's fixed now. ...
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Why does preview change the ctime of a pdf, and how can I disable it?

When I open a file in Preview, preview updates the ctime of the file. This seems to only happen once however, and as far as I can tell, nothing other than the ctime is changing. This is very ...
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Preventing files from being changed

I hate programs like Flash and others that install crappy settings on /Library/LaunchDaemons and /Library/LaunchAgents, stuff to launch daemons that check for updates of flash. I generally replace ...
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Transfer files between partitions? [duplicate]

After using Boot Camp to install Windows on my Mac, is there any way to transfer files between the two partitions as each is only read only to the other. This is mainly because I have run out of ...
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mkfs.jffs2 or equivalence on Mac Os X

I need to use mkfs.jffs2 command on Mac OS X. On Linux, the command is installed with mtd-tools package, but I can't find it from homebrew. I tried to build from the source, but I have numerous ...
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Filesystem permissions for /var/mobile/Media/DCIM/.MSIC/Incoming

I have changed the permissions on /var/mobile/Media/DCIM/.MSIC/Incoming. Now my camera cannot take pictures. Maybe picture is taken but it cannot write it. I want to fix the permissions issue. Could ...
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Handling Voice Memo files on phone and computer

I've synched voice memos to my computer. Now, I want to clear from iPhone to save space. How do I do that? And, will they all reappear the next time I sync my iPhone?
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Is disk image encryption slower than partition encryption?

I am considering two options to encrypt some data: add a new encrypted partition add an encrypted disk image Which option is faster in terms of disk read/write speed? I suspect that an encrypted ...
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Confusion in understanding data fork, resource fork and the MachO file format when viewed all together

Note: I am a newbie to the OS X world. So please take it easy if I ask something noobish. According to what I have read/understood: MachO's file layout consists of a header, load commands and data ...
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How to find all the aliases within a given file system?

I would like to avoid any future problems with aliases (empty files created with the Finder, not to be confused with symbolic links) I might have used in the past and which may stay within the system. ...
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grepping /Library and “Too many levels of symbolic links”

I'm trying to clean up remnants of an application that was removed: $ sudo grep -R "iNet Network" /Library ... grep: ...
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Aperture library on self-created FusionDrive: References are lost

I know it's a bit late to ask Aperture questions, but anyway... I run Aperture on an iMac with a self-created FusionDrive. The FusionDrive's volume is called FusionDrive, and it consists of an SSD ...
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Unable to recover files using The Sleuth Kit's tools on Mac OSX Mavericks

So I'm trying to learn The Sleuth Kit on different operating systems and file systems. I've previously successfully recovered files from NTFS (Win7) using TSK's tools. Now I'm trying the same on HFS+ ...
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Finder doesn't show newly created files anymore unless restarted

The title says it (I mean, when a new file is created in an other application). This started happening today, and I think this may be related to an error message which I got the first time in ...
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Can't move files to a folder in Finder

Did clean install of Yosemite. In Finder I can't move files to a folder. I must authenticate almost all move operations. After entering password the file is not moved, but copied instead. Apple is not ...
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File Open/Save dialog boxes hang infinitely

Today for the first time I have this issue where any app showing a file browser (load/save) dialog box hangs indefinitely until I kill it. The Finder works just fine however. I can browse everything, ...
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My Files are all classified as “Other”

In Finder, every single file on my disk is classified under the "Other" section. However, when I go to "about this Mac", it shows only a fraction of my disk is actually "Other". How do I fix this? ...
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Unable to convert NTFS to HFs

I am using Paragon software to convert NTFS to HFS. But it is telling me that there are no parttions or HD available, even though I have 100GB free space and 200 GB empty partitions.
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What file systems can work with OS X File Tags? (HFS+, ExFAT, NTFS, etc.)

What file systems can work with OS X File Tags? (HFS+, ExFAT, NTFS, etc.) I have an NTFS data drive in a Windows machine that I might move to an external hard drive enclosure, if I can use Tags with ...
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Do files lose their UTI when copied to another file system?

From what I understand, if you create a file on OS X it will have a Uniform Type Identifier. I'm not sure if it's part of the file system or the file itself. If you copy the file to another file ...
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Failed to mount partition of Mac OS Extended (HFS+)

As a matter of fact, my 1 TB External hard disk has three partition: "MAC OS", "NTFS" and "FAT32". All of the partitions worked very well in the past. However, I just discovered that my Mac OS ...
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Finder gets confused after using the mv command in the Dropbox folders

I should mention I'm new to command lines. I want to rename files using the mv command in the Terminal. I type: mv oldFileName.pdf newFileName.pdf Afterwards, I use the ls command to check whether ...
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OSX Hierarchy questions and organization

I've done extensive searching on these questions and have even come across others, however, they do not answer any of my questions. What are ~/Library and /Library for respectively? I can see they ...
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Set file metadata attribute values

I'm trying to set the values of some file metadata attributes in OS X Yosemite - kMDItemDateAdded and kMDItemLastUsedDate - the values of which can be shown using mdls <filename>. I'm trying to ...
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Documents app hangs on file browser. How to export it's files w/o jailbreak?

I used Documents app by Readdle, but now when I open it, it shows me the last document I was reading. When I try to switch back to file browser, it hangs, and I can't press anything. The question is ...
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How to write fstab rules for an NTFS volume if the volume has no LABEL or UUID?

Basically, I was following this tutorial to enable writing to an NTFS Volume (which works when the Volume has a LABEL or UUID). I have an external USB drive with an NTFS volume that doesn't seem to ...
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Is enabling rw in /etc/fstab for an NTFS volume risky?

I've followed this tutorial: http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-how-to-write-to-ntfs-drives-in-os-x-mavericks--cms-21434 I'm not familiar with Mac OS X's NTFS support, having used ...
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GPT looks valid. Diskutil sees empty disk

External 3 TB disk. Stopped working after a power bump. GPT reports as follows: bash-3.2# gpt show /dev/disk6 start size index contents 0 1 PMBR ...
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Uninstall Google Chrome won't work

I'm in a root Finder and trying to delete Google Chrome.app in another user's folder. I get the error message The item “Google Chrome” can’t be moved to the Trash because some of its plugins are ...