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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Can I change the filesystem of a drive from ext4 to hfs+ without formatting?

So my one drive is ext4 formatted but I would like to read and write to it from OS X 10.9 The only thing I can do is use osxfuse 2.8.2 to make the drive read only at the moment.
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Show Date Created in Finder

My teacher doesn't believe that I did my homework, just because I did like 95% of it. So he thinks that I did it this morning and I want to prove to him that I did in fact do it last night @ 6 pm. ...
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Trace file reads and writes on os x?

I have something running that is syncing two directories. I want to turn it off but cannot figure out what it is. El Capitan, if that matters. Can someone provide a command or tool that will reliably ...
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Will the hard link file consume the same size of origin file?

already known that the hard link is just another name for linked file. But what upset me is that when select both the original file and the hard link file the size finder shows is doubled. So is it ...
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Access Parallels VM files

I just finished an install of my debian (7.8) on parallels virtual machine and I'd love to be able to share the linux folders with the osx platform. Any ideas on how that might be done ? Problem with ...
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Mount some partitions without NTFS-3G

I have a portable UASP SSD that NTFS-3G doesn't support so it doesn't mount them. Is it possible to mount some partitions using the normal read-only NTFS driver in OS X (make NTFS-3G ignore them and ...
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OS X El-Capitan - /cores directory taking up a lot of space?

Im using a program called Daisy Disk to see what is taking up space in my Mac and I find that the /cores directory is taking up 77gb. Is that a problem? Can I get rid of it to regain the space?
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Different “free space” indications in Macintosh HD after upgrading to El Capitan

I wanted to know what was the free available space in my internal HD (I actually have a SSD). In Finder, if I trust the Show Info information (right click or cmd+I on Macintosh HD icon in the Finder ...
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Recuva for OS X?

I'm looking for a file recovery utility for OS X, like Recuva for Windows. (Assuming Time Machine wasn't configured) Is there anything similar?
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Why MacBook deleted my files and left me only with DS_Store?

Well this is a very awkward situation. I can't understand why my files are missing after reproducing the following steps. 1 - Copy files from Desktop folder and paste into external pen drive. 2 - ...
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Reformat exFat with specific Device Block Size and Cluster Size

I have an 512 GB SSD on my MacBook Retina with one of the volumes disks0s6 formatted with exFat to use it on both Mac and Windows. diskutil info disk0s6: Device Identifier: disk0s6 ...
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How to compare files for an entire drive from a before and after (or changes during) state?

I would actually very much like an option similar to fseventer, but it appears that not only will it support recent OS releases, but that it is altogether no longer available. What can I do for 10.10 ...
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Mount SquashFS under El Capitan or alternative to SquashFS?

I am converting some .tar.gz to SquashFS (using squashfs from homebrew) using xz compression because I want to be able to mount the archives and read the content without extrating and also because the ...
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Is it safe to delete El Capitan installer package? [duplicate]

After upgrading to El Capitan, I have a whopping 6 GB file that fills up my SSD in /private/var/folders/h8/d3lb053515bcl4nsw7t06p8w0000gn/C/com.apple.appstore/1018109117/ftk3252456602304584541.pkg ...
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Which folders store information about applications

Which folders store information about third party applications? Suppose, that I install application. Which folders it could use to store information about itself? I know about ~/Library/Application ...
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Schedule regular filesystem verification

I recently had a baffling several days troubleshooting some odd network problems, which was eventually narrowed down to my MacBook's Wifi adapter and then finally fixed by performing a disk repair to ...
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What are the differences or similarities of using a journaling file system and Time Machine backups?

I want to know if using Mac OS Extended Journaled is the right choice for a MacBook Pro that would only be connected with the external hard drive at night. It does not make sense to me to have it ...
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Apps Filesharing - iTunes - Windows 7 - <file> could not be copied because its name is too long

I am an app developer and I am trying to help a customer move a file from their iPhone in Document sharing. They take the following steps: But receive the following error: (<file> could ...
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Undeletable directory with several subdirectories

I have noticed a folder on / called "Previous System". After checking that it did not have anything I need, I moved it to the trash. However, when emptying the trash, I get a "file in use" error. ...
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Mount Ext4 on El Capitan

I recently installed OS X 10.11 on my Mac. I tried to read a SD card with an Ext4 partition which wasn't even shown in Disk Utility, although diskutil did show it as a Linux partition. I can't seem ...
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What determines Last Opened timestamp on a file

I have files in Finder sorted by Last Opened. Most files seem to be sorted by when they were opened, but not all of them, and some being years behind. Why? For example... If I open an image with ...
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What happens if I edit a duplicate Hosts file?

What exactly is a duplicate file? When I wanted to edit the hosts file (/private/etc/hosts), it says: You don't own the file "hosts" and don’t have permission to write to it. You can ...
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Ext2 utility “e2cp” alternative for OS X

In my linux machines, I use the command line utility e2cp to copy files from and to ext2 disk images. Unfortunately, OS X does not provide any ext2fs utility out of the box. Is there a version of e2cp ...
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What does file locking do, these days?

I'm publishing some files on Dropbox, sharing drafts for public review. Once I get to the final official revision, I'd like to lock it to avoid inadvertent changes. I'm using Pages to write and ...
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Can't login until I do 'mount -uw /' in single user mode (MPB, Yosemite)

When I start my MBP with Yosemite it runs a bit slow, then I see login screen only with the 'Others...' user and two inputs fields: login and password. When I try to enter my user login/password it ...
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How to add a confirmation dialog when deleting any item in finder

Hi would like to add a "Are you sure?" prompt when deleting an item (file, folder) from the finder (like the one when emptying the trash...). Can this be enabled?
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What character is this possessive apostrophe: ’

In a recent answer I needed to include a a possessive apostrophe in a path name within Time Machine for a command line operation. I have it saved in a text file, but what the heck is it? I don't see ...
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File modify date is not updated in Finder file properties

I have a video capture of a strange behavior: File prior to editing: Edited at 5:15PM using TextEdit In Finder I see the file with strange rename, and Modified date value is not updated, nor does ...
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Loading Any USB Flash Drive onto an iOS Device

I have a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive with 32 GB storage on it, and would like to view its contents on my iPhone. I have seen flash drives that are made particularly for iOS devices and have ...
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Partially copy a folder, preserving the invisible system files contained, but only some of the remaining content

I am looking for a way to copy a folder, with all the invisible and system files it contains in its "first level", but only some of the other visible, "normal" folders it contains? This is related to ...
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Is there a way to determine what application/process is supposedly using a file/folder?

There is a stubborn folder in my trash bin that apparently cannot be deleted because "something is using it". I know how to force empty the trash bin, but rather than doing it, I'd like to know ...
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How to move files to pendrive (NTFS/FAT)?

I'm using Macbook (Yosemite) as my main computer right now, I'm downloading a lot of movies and whatnot from the internet on my Mac and I want to move them to my pendrive so I will be able to watch ...
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Google Play Books app storage location for purchased books on iPad

I have purchased a book via the Google Play store but unfortunately they will not provide an ePub or pdf for offline reading for my reader of choice, the only option being to use the Play Books app on ...
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Putting files outside the user/home folder

Can I put my folders outside the user folder (e.g. on the root of Mac HD), such as personal folder or work folder, where I have many files? The reason I want to do it is that OS X may have performance ...
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How to stop TextWrangler changing the text file icon?

I use a several text editors, but every time I save with TextWrangler it changes the file's icon in Finder to a TextWrangler icon with the following extended attributes; com.apple.FinderInfo ...
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How to change all dates on file and preserve them during file move?

I would like to change all dates on a file [all four reported by stat command]. I cannot find a way to change the "inode last changed" date. I've tried: touch -t SetFile -d SetFile -m but this ...
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Recovering Files from SD Card

I accidently moved my iMac with the SD card inserted and the card got bent, it cannot be read anymore. Not sure if it can be recovered. I was wondering if somehow the files are stored on the HD. I did ...
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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 ...