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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Format External Disk in FAT, NOT FAT32

I have an external device which mounts as an external drive and which I must format in FAT, not FAT32, for use elsewhere. Is there a way to do that from Snow Leopard?
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How to set to open folder with enter in finder?

I want to set to open a folder in finder with Enter. I know it's possible to open a folder with ⌘ Command + ↓ Down Arrow but I don't like it and I never use it because it's easier to use the ...
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What characters might be used to substitute for colon in folder names using a time-of-day?

It is often convenient to name files and folders with a date and time, such as standard ISO 8601 format: 2014-12-10T22:35:28.460Z. Unfortunately, the Mac’s HFS+ file system uses the COLON as a path ...
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Permission Problems for copied files from NAS

I access my Synology NAS via AFP and can open/edit all of my files directly on it. But when I copy a file to my desktop I can't open it. Finder tells me I don't have appropriate permissions. When I ...
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How can I add “.mp4” to the end of multiple files in a folder?

I just received a bunch of videos (for editing) and something weird happened. I was told the files are .mp4, but when I received them they did not have a filetype assigned to them. I can add ...
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Why do I have a ~ file in the root of my drive?

I just noticed that I have a 2MB ~ file in the root of my Macbook HD. This wasn't here last time I checked (probably months ago,) and my guess is that it is from a system crash the other day or maybe ...
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Are .apple files potentially synonymous (or a wrapper to) .dmg files?

We lost a .dmg file on an harddrive. Our tech guy was able to recover files from the drive but not one of them is a .dmg file. But they are a lot of .apple file. Can the .dmg file we are looking for ...
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Multiple Application Folders Priority?

How are Application folders treated or considered on multiple volumes of OS X? Are they treated and indexed with equal priority as the root /Applications? I my case I am considering putting the bulk ...
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OSX: move to archive (compress a folder and remove it)

I'm looking for a way to zip (or 7z) files via a file manager in such a way that the original folder is deleted right after the zipping finished (less clutter when batching compression of multiple ...
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Altering screenshot filename

When taking a screenshot using the keyboard shortcut shift+command+3 it yields a screenshot with a filename of Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 3.25.36 PM.png. I would like to make a change so that the ...
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Linus Torvalds and the OS X Filesystem

Back in 2008, Linus Torvalds famously said in an interview that "OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary." I've ...
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Allow read-write access to subdirectory in first local account to second local account

I have two accounts (one for work, the other for private stuff) on a Mac, which is running OS X Yosemite. I would like to share a directory, say ~work/Documents/SomeDirectory/SomeSubDirectory/, such ...
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Disable storage of invisible files “._” on my cfs or smb network storage

I use OS X Mavericks and have some company storage drives mounted (using smb or cfs). (smb://username@address.path.toserver.com/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...
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How to get my files of a Windows-formatted HDD?

I have a very new MacBook Pro. I have an old Windows laptop that died. However I suspect the hard disk is fine. I also have an external HDD that I had used as a backup for that machine (although I ...
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What folders does the “all my files” finder view pull from?

A relative of mine managed to delete all of the files under "All my files." I am restoring from a recent time machine backup, but am trying to figure out which folders need to be restored. So far I ...
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Are the OSX Mavericks tags visible from the command line?

For example, suppose I have a directory structure such as /Users /tlehman /Math algebraic_varieties.tex [tagged: Math, Documentation] projective_geometry.pdf ...
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calling open from terminal with smb file path and preview as application opens finder instead of preview

I am trying to open a file on an smb share in preview from terminal. The following command opens the containing folder in finder instead of the file in preview. open -a /Applications/Preview.app ...
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Correct Filesystem Setup?

Recently I did a fresh install of OSX Yosemite on my Macbook Pro. I followed these instructions to create a USB install drive, and I then used the Disk Utility app from that booted USB drive to erase ...
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Open resource from inside the bundle using c++ / qt

I have a Qt app set as a bundle, and it requires a resources database. If I place it inside the bundle, how do I open it ? The app was created in Windows, and in Windows and Linux, I can use the path ...
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Where are system UI image files stored?

On OS X Yosemite, where are the image files for system UI elements such as buttons, sliders, menus, traffic lights, etc. stored?
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Copy and move with Ultracopier without doing it through tray icon [duplicate]

So when you start Ultracopier this warning message shows up. The replacement of default copy/move system is not supported and blocked by finder of Mac OS X. You need do the copy/move manually by ...
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MacOS 10.9.5 Samba client has wrong permissions

I have a Samba server running on Ubuntu. When I mount it on my MacOS 10.9.5 box using the name smb://servername/ every single file looks like it has permission 0700. If I mount it using ...
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Is there a way to find out when a USB flash drive has been last used (on any computer)?

I have a USB flash drive and I believed someone else may have plugged it in their computer and copied some files. Using my Mac, how do I know when was the last time my usb flash drive was plugged ...
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How do I format an encrypted Integral Secure Key?

I just bought an Integral Secure Key from the Apple store but am fed up with having to use its own software just to transfer files to it as it does not appear as a normal USB drive in Finder. How can ...
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Why is my USB drive suddenly read-only and how can I make it read-write again?

I have a 1 TB USB drive. I've been using it for months. My main iTunes library is on it. As of yesterday, for no apparent reason, it has become read only. I can't open iTunes. I also tried ...
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Can't open files after changing username

I use OS X Mavericks 10.9.4. I changed my username and this may have caused that I am not able to open any files. I still can see my PDFs and photos in Preview! I get this: File XYZ couldn’t be ...
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How can I rename a Logical Volume Group?

I have noticed that while I can safely change the name of the Logical Volume (LM Volume) in /Volumes (currently: Apple SSD), I cannot find a way to change the name of the Logical Volume Group ...
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Devices folder in Finder?

Is there anyway that I can view the /dev folder with its contained pseudo-files inside of Finder? I can access it just fine in the terminal with cd /dev, but in Finder it doesn't show up even with ...
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Files wrongly considered as damaged in encfs volume

I am using encfs @1.7.5 and osxfuse @2.6.4 installed via MacPorts 2.2.1 on my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 which is running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. When opening certain files (e.g. xlsx, pdf) in my ...
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how to move and merge folders in OSX Mavericks?

I have 2 subfolders (which in itself contains many subfolders) in my main folder. e.g. main folder == subfolder1 ==== folder1 ==== folder2 == subfolder2 ==== folder1 ==== folder3 ==== folder4 some ...
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How do I mount Ext4 using OS X Fuse

I installed OS X Fuse on OS X 10.9.4 as outlined in http://osxdaily.com/2014/03/20/mount-ext-linux-file-system-mac/ Unfortunately it does not mount any of my Linux filesystems (on external HD or SD ...
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Simplest way to prevent iTunes from automatically launching when iPhone/iPad is connected

Everything is stated in the title. When I connect my iPad or iPhone iTunes automatically launches. What is the simplest way to prevent this from happening?
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fsck and Disk Utility won't repair Volume: invalid b-tree node size

I accidentally wrote some .iso data to a disk through dd by mistake. I cancelled the command after just 2 seconds but that was enough to wipe the first EFI partition (200MB) and a bit of the second ...
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How to automount UDF partition with strange partition ID

I have two partitions on my usb hdd: #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1: AF 1023 254 63 - 1023 ...
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Find Windows incompatible file / folder names

Is it possible to detect files / folders that are incompatible with Windows in Mac? We are uploading all our files to Dropbox (from Mac) and we have found that folders with names like "< 2014" ...
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Where file revisions are stored on OS X?

Most Apple applications in newer OS X versions, like OS X 10.9, automatically save all changes to all files and documents without your approval, and file versions and revisions are automatically ...
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How to close a file and a folder using bash?

Is it possible? I would like something which is the opposite of the command open file_or_folder_name. I have searched on the web but I got no results.
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Is there a way to order all the files and folders automatically?

I am new to OS X, but there's one thing that annoys me a little bit, which is that every time I have to clean up all the files (by name, for example) because they are always pasted in an unordered ...
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Move Documents folder to different drive

I would like to move the Documents folder to a different drive. I am running OS X 10.9.4. I am trying to preserve space on my OS SSD.
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What is the standard location for the “recent files” information that each app seems to store?

The app in question is called RStudio. When I am using it, if I want to look at a file that I have looked at recently, I can click: File...Recent Files...and a menu of the last 5 or 6 files used ...
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How to access a connected iPhone device from within Terminal?

How can I access the connected iPhone or iPad from within Terminal on OS X? I want to get all the photos (only photos) from the connected iDevice and save it to any directory in my OS X filesystem. I ...
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What is the difference between 'Capacity' and '%iused' when running the 'df' command in the terminal

When I run the df command I'm getting different values for capacity and %iused. What is the difference between them?
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Thumbnails for Image Files on Desktop won't load

I have a dozen or so image files on my iMac's desktop. Most of the time, after booting up my computer, it displays a thumbnail of each image (as it should). But sometimes, the thumbnails won't show ...
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What programs have trouble with case-sensitive (HFSX) filesystems, and how to fix them?

There are some programs that require a case-sensitive filesystem, and others that require case-insensitive. Even though Apple warns against using case sensitive file systems, in some situations it is ...
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Mac OSX 10.9.4 file Write Access Error on Network on various Applications

I am working on a corporate network. I use a Mac running OSX 10.9.4. Recently I have started to get the following error message when trying to write to a windows share running on an smb:// share. If ...
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Launch iTunes and iPhoto when external USB drive is connected

Is there a code that I can just copy an paste into Terminal or Automator? If not what is the best Application to download?
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Is 500,000 files in my home directory too much

On my mac I did find ~/ in the terminal to list all the files in my home directory it listed over 500,000. This seems like an awful lot to me and occasionally my computer is slow. Is there any ...
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How to convert relative to absolute path? [duplicate]

As per this answer, the solution in most flavors of *nix is readlink -f /relative/path But the MacOS (I use 10.9.2) implementation of readlink does not support the -f option. How do I convert a ...
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How do I retrieve files copied into iPad iOS 7 from Linux

I bought a new iPad Mini, with iOS 7.1. So a friend of mine had some epub and pdf files that she wanted to share with me, so we plugged the new iPad into her laptop running Ubuntu, and we could acces ...
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How do I merge folders using finder? [duplicate]

I have a folder (let's name it main-folder and it's mounted via smb) that contains lots of files and subfolders. I want to copy half of the contents of main-folder to a local subfolder (let's call it ...