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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What type of partition will be created by Boot Camp Assistant?

Will Boot Camp Assistant create an "OS X Extended" partition for Windows as well? Or can I choose the type of file system format?
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What files should be copied to manually migrate a user account?

The user account I normally use has something wrong with its native OS "Internet Accounts" configuration. It's corrupted or something. This causes login failures within native OS X apps such as "...
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Why find and exec with multiple conditions doesn't work without parenthesis?

I have two very similar find commands only one of which works. Since it's relevant, I must mention that there are no files with .c or .hpp extensions. # That one works find ~/src/ \( -type f -iname '*...
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can't add my present account to folder > Get Info > Sharing & Permissions on Macbook Pro

I want to access MacBook Pro OS 10.11.15 files from a Windows 7. Can read files ok but writing causes permission problem. ERROR AT WINDOWS IS: "You need permission to perform this action. You ...
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OS X: Can I track what files are being accessed on a disk?

I have several external hard drives. They're consumer drives which "go to sleep" (spin down) automatically when unused; I can't (and don't want to) run them 24x7. I use them strictly for backup and ...
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How can I delete Time Machine backups, moved into trash?

I was going to delete the Time Machine backups. I made a mistake and instead of deleting them using Time Machine, I just moved the Backups.backupdb folder to the trash. Now, if I try to empty the ...
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Finding files with square brackets in filename

I have a ton of files - TOSEC ROM sets - on my Mac (El Capitan) that have filenames suffixed with a tag in square brackets - for example Manic Miner (1983)(Bug-Byte Software)[a] Manic Miner (1983)(...
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What is the benefit of nanosecond granularity?

Apple recently announced a new file system for Apple products, Apple File System (APFS). Amongst the characteristics, is Nanosecond Timestamp Granularity. Sure, this sounds impressive, and is a great ...
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Using disk makes things slow on El Captain

If I run following alias in my $HOME directory: biggest_files='find 2>/dev/null . -type f -ls | sed -e "s/[[:blank:]][[:blank:]]*/ /g" | cut -d" " -f 7,11- | sort -nr | head -25 | awk "{ printf \"%...
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How does DiskImageMounter.app work? [closed]

Normally to mount a disk-image, I would run the command sudo mount /path/to/disk/image /path/to/mountpoint [-t filesystem type]. This is what I would do for any Unix-like system, including Darwin/OS X....
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Does the `mdls` terminal command access metadata in resource forks?

I always knew that Mac operating systems had a concept of "resource forks" but have just learned that this feature has in fact been deprecated since the arrival of OS X. I also just discovered the ...
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Drive unmountable FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF issue

I have the standard single drive inside my MBP. The issue is inside my external usb drive. The HDD had 4 (visible) partitions: My Passport (Core Storage volume) 959 gb SSD (backup for my mbp) 339 ...
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Previous File Location Lookup

While prepping for the switch to a new computer, I made the dreadful decision to move files from the "All My Files" Finder view to a new folder. All of the files moved to the new folder, but left the ...
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How to move movie files from iMovie library to Photos library

I have imported my movie files to the iMovie library (imovielibrary) but want them moved to the Photos library (photoslibrary). What is the easiest most efficient way to do this without reimporting ...
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How should I format a Micro SD card for Dropbox storage?

I have been using a 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3 device with my MacBook for a while now and have really grown to love having all of my Dropbox available without using up my SSD disk space. I've ...
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Why can't I access this Ext4 partition using FUSE?

I have installed FUSE for OS X. During installation I ticked the "compatibility layer" option. I have rebooted after installation. I have an external HDD with one NTFS partition and two Ext4 ...
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How is `cp -R` different from CTRL-C/CTRL-V?

My System OS X El-Capitan 10.11.5. I copied from my OSX Extended filesystem to FAT32 about 30 Gb files by CTRL-C/CTRL-V. Now, I received a proposal to do it by cp -R. I am wondering how different it ...
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How to expand the 64 gig limit of Parallels virtual hard drive

In Parallels 11, on a virtual machine running Mac OS X, how do I change the maximum size of the VM’s file system? Currently my VM is seems to be set to a maximum of 64 gigs. In the configuration ...
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Ext4 for Linux and Fuse with OS X?

System: El-Capitan 10.11.5, Macbook Air 2013-Mid, SSD 128 GB. I would like do a new partition in my SSD. Install Ubuntu on it side-by-side with OS X. I have documents which I would like to use by both ...
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Encode video file using service, change creation time of new video to match original, delete original

When storing photos or videos from different cameras in the same folder the only option to keep some time-sequence is to sort by date. I am using the service ‘encode selected video files’ to convert ...
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Remove all associations with Brackets

I just downloaded Brackets (web development IDE) and it associated lots of unnecessary file formats like .json that I would normally open using Sublime. Is there any way I can remove all file ...
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How to add file(s) to an iPad in offline mode and read it in an app

I would like to know if it is possible to add files to iPad (or iPhone), while offline, and be able to read those files in an iPad app. Maybe this is possible by connecting the device to a computer? ...
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Partition type suddenly FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF, drive unmountable

I have two drives inside my MBP, an SSD for the OS and the original HDD for large Data. The HDD has 3 Partitions: My Data (Core Storage volume) 20Gb for Linux 4Gb for Linux Swap Recently I ran ...
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What does this error message in iMovie mean?

I provided a screenshot below for what seems to be corrupted files (I'm referring to the black icons with question marks in them). It seems that I can't reimport those missing files from the memory ...
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How do I solve the mess OS X and iMovie is causing my video clips?

I have serious problems with iMovie and OS X's sub-par system for media files. I am going to write it down as clearly as possible. I am grateful for any suggestions if you cannot help me solve all of ...
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How to use movie files in both Photos and iMovie without having duplicates?

I want to upload videos to my computer and have it available on both Photos and iMovie. Do I need to upload it twice, which seems very inefficient, or is there a workaround?
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replace folder using Terminal

How can I replace a folder using Terminal? I tried this, but this code copies the folder, but it doesn't replace it when the folder is already present. Is manual deleting before copying the only way? ...
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what is the purpose of MediaCache folder on a Mac

What is the purpose of /private/var/folders/zg/jjtx0_k94pdc5p5q6gcvf4900000gn/T/MediaCache folder? It looks like some sort of database. I noticed it gets updated while browsing quite often. Excerpt ...
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what is the purpose of /private/var/db/crls folder

What is the purpose of /private/var/db/crls folder on a mac? I noticed that it gets updated regularly.
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what is the purpose of mds folder on a Mac

I found out that contents of mds folder located at /private/var/folders/zg/jjtx0_k94pdc5p5q6gcvf4900000gn/C/mds gets deleted and back created quite often. I wonder, that is the purpose of this folder ...
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Case sensitive file system and app compatibility

Is there a list of applications and dev tools that do not work with journaled case sensitive file system? My personal preference is to have case sensitive file system but I just found out that some ...
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Tools to monitor App files write activity under OS X

What tools can be used to monitor system activity under OS X? I am interested in which files are modified or created while using a specific app, Safari to be exact. I am familiar with fs_usage, but I ...
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OS X Finder: Why does it take less time to copy files in succession than to do so all at once?

Example: Select 10x2GB files, then drag and drop to another location. Drag and drop each 2GB file to the location individually, in succession (10 times). I’ve tested this across multiple OS X ...
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Does a slow Time Machine disk affect general Mac performance?

Say a Mac Pro tower has OS X + Apps installed on a blazing fast PCIe SSD. It also has Time Machine enabled on a slow 5400rpm mechanical drive. The TM drive is internal and connected at all times. ...
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How to read GPT drive in Mac?

I've a 500GB external drive. First partition is 199.58GB (blue) and the second partition is 277.4GB (pink). I use this drive in my Windows 10 laptop before this and both partition are GPT type. I ...
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loop thorough every file in file system with AppleScript [duplicate]

How can I loop through every file in my file system with AppleScrip? And by every file I literally mean every single file, including hidden ones. Can it be done with AppleScript and how? I will ...
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Should there be a hardlink from `/Users/Users` pointing to `/Users`?

This is was my /Users directory looks like. That Users link doesn't seem quite right.. matt@viking Users $ pwd /Users matt@viking Users $ ls -lA total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 0 22 Aug ...
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What file system should I choose when formatting a flash drive?

I need to write a few large files (larger than 4 GB) on a flash drive, but I can't do it, because the file system of the flash drive is MS-DOS (FAT32). How should I format the flash drive, so I can ...
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get name of file from file path using AppleScript

I am trying to get the name of file using AppleScript with the following code: tell application "Finder" set filename to name of "/Users/mainuser/Desktop/Test/shot.png" // should return shot.png ...
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Deleting files keeps increasing the used space on my SDD

i have a mac air with a 120gb sdd, the drive is regularly filled up with iso images, virtual box files and docker/vagrant stuff, i got a warning today saying disk space was low and i had about 8gb ...
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Where is this sneaky eBook sample?

I know, I know, this question seems to have been asked before, but it's not the same question. Other answers claim ebooks downloaded from the iBooks Store are placed in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple....
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Change ISO volume label on OS X?

I have some ISO files here with weird volume labels. I want to rename them to something I can easily remember. I know in Windows using either winiso or poweriso (both are non-free?) it can be done ...
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Sharing & Permissions has 2 “everyone” entries, OS X 10.10.5

I was doing some stuff with the system administrator to my computer and we are not sure what we did to have this happen but we now have 2 everyone permissions in nearly every file on my compute. The ...
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Where I can find BSD watch for snooping on another tty line?

In FreeBSD there is watch command which allows snoop on another tty line. Since OS X is based on FreeBSD, where I can find that command? Or it was removed for some reason (or never included)? To ...
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Had to reinstall OS X due to corrputed journal: is this a symptom of something more serious?

I have a 13'' Macbook Pro from early 2011 with a Hitachi 320Gb. HD, using OS X 10.9.5. For the last few months, it's gotten slower and slower to become responsive every time it wakes up, and I've also ...
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Get all the files that changed most recently

I have a program that changes a few files in the file system. I would like to know exactly which one it changed. How can I see all the files on the system that were changed 5 mins ago by a specific ...
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Continue moving files when process stopped

I was transferring (moving) files from one drive to another. Then the computer was out of battery and it did a shutdown. Now I see the group of files I wanted to move "50% opacity" in the destination ...
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Why can't I see my favorite locations anymore when saving a file? [duplicate]

Here is a picture of my finder On the left, there are my favorites which is very handy for quickly accessing important folders. I used to have access to the favorites when saving a file or when ...
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Is an ISO file a stand-alone operating system that can be installed on its own? [closed]

I can not figure out if an ISO file is Independent. I am in a college course of which is for my curriculum for Networking Technology.
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Automator or AppleScript to Remove Multiple Strings from File Names?

I deal with a lot of files (mostly images and video) with quite a few different words and phrases that I want to remove from the filenames. I keep finding Automator tutorials or AppleScripts to ...