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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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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how to change NFS share name as displayed in OSX without reconfiguring NFS server?

I am mounting an NFS share named "storage" from my-host-here1.com. I also want to mount another NFS share named "storage" from my-host-here2.com. I just want to know how can I change the share name ...
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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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Cannot edit /etc/fstab to let NTFS drives write

I have Mac Os X 10.9 Mavericks. I want to write to NTFS drives. I followed the instructions here. The following command was not allowed to run: $ sudo echo "UUID=7575C85E-F6F7-4ABD-B7FB-6180B795DD81 ...
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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 can one determine which user deleted a shared file on OS X Mountain Lion Server

My girlfriend is a lab technician at a small pharmaceutical startup. She created a very important Excel file and placed it in a shared folder on a server that the "IT" guy set up. The server runs ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Using SSHFS with launchd

I have a Raspberry Pi I want to automount on my Desktop (Yosemite 10.10.1). I've installed OSXFuse (with the MacFuse option) and SSHFS both from https://osxfuse.github.io/. I'm using the password ...
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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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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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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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Using NTFS External drive

I'm new to MAC OS. Using MacOSX 10.9.1 (Mavericks). My external HDD is formatted with NTFS. I need some rock-solid, free solution for reading and writing to this HDD. Any suggestions?
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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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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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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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How can I create an entry in the /Applications folder that runs a command in the terminal?

I would like to have an item in the /Applications folder that will open a new terminal window and run a specific command inside. How can I create this?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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When did the colon character : become an allowed character in the filesystem?

Just noticed it works on Maverick.. the colon character : is valid for file and directory names (I accidentally entered it for a filename in Atom). Can't find any reference to it becoming valid ...
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Why can I not create a directory on my external hard-drive?

When I try to make a new directory on my external hard-drive I get a message saying that it is a "Read-only file system" LU06296APPLE:~ fortinok$ mkdir /Volumes/Seagate\ Backup\ Plus\ ...
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Cross-Platform File System file sharing between MAC, WINDOWS, LINUX?

I've a laptop with triple boot, Yosemite, Windows 8.1, CentOS 7, and need a partition for sharing files between the 3 os's, i've been using exFAT, as it is supported by OSX & Windows but had some ...
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Optimize filesystem for speed over integrity

On Linux, I use the noatime,nodiratime,nobarrier,data=writeback mount optioins in /etc/fstab to trade filesystem safety/consistency/integrity for speed which makes sense for local development. Is ...
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How can I monitor an installer as it modifies the filesystem on Yosemite?

fseventer does not support Yosemite until further notice and the suggestions here don't work for me so how can I monitor an installer as it writes files to the file system? I also tried Sloth but it ...
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Where do skype plugins get installed on OSX

I'd like to know where plugins for skype such as http://www.ecamm.com/support/?cat=callrecorder get installed on OSX Yosemite? I've looked in the Skype.app package contents and ~/Library/Application ...
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When I try to move a file in finder to a different folder, it gets stuck. Why?

I keep having to Relaunch Finder because it gets stuck when I try to move a file to a different folder?? the file I'm moving is like suspended in mid air, and Finder is stuck. I have relaunched like ...
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Why 2 same files have different size on NTFS?

I have 2 same files residing on an NTFS filesystem: Romans-MacBook-Pro:cut poma$ md5 src.mov MD5 (src.mov) = 7d59d01e5efffe3a258eff86d8b775a0 Romans-MacBook-Pro:cut poma$ md5 copy.mov MD5 ...
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OSXFUSE, BindFS and HFS+ extended file attributes

I use BindFS with OSXFUSE to mount some folders on an external drive on mount points within my user home folder. This is a sample line from my fstab: /Volumes/Content/Pictures ...
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“Application opened for the first time” warning after every reboot

I have a problem with Lion 10.7.5.: the system does not remember that I already opened applications before. After every reboot, every time I open an application it displays the warning as if it's the ...
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Is it OK to remove files from any directory named “Caches”?

[I'm not looking for dire warnings from my explanation of why I'm asking this question as I'm aware of the possible consequences and willing to take the chances (and to reload my entire system) but ...
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fsck not working to fix corrupted external drive

I am using an early 2011 MacBook Pro with the Mavericks OS. I've researched a similar issue on an internal drive but As far as I know, being in Single User mode won't help my situation. One of my ...
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File in /.Spotlight-V100 on bad block

So I have a file /.Spotlight-V100/Store-V2/9ED490D0-6169-4B28-A1B6-46E34ABD0CD1/5.indexPositions which when read causes an IO error disk1: I/O error. 0 [Level 3] [Facility ...
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Document editing on the ipad

It is not clear to me how the file system in iOS 8 works. Consider e.g. the Dropbox app, when I open a document in another app, what happens? It looks to me as: copy of the file is created file ...
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How to deal with whitespaces in OS X along filepaths when certain UNIX programs dislike it

I am trying to include a command in a TeX file to a bibliography file that I am storing centrally. However, when including the filepath, like /Foldername with whitespace/ANOTHER folder name with ...
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What folders should I be backing up? Are there any I should avoid?

I'm in the process of configuring a cloud backup for my OS X machine and am trying decide what folders to back up and whether there are any folders I should avoid. I have complete control, by ...
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How to get file metadata?

How to get extensive filesystem information about a file? I have a file that consistently causes errors in my backup utility (Unison). I'm trying to narrow down a bug and find out how it is different ...
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What does a hard link do?

This has been mentioned in this question here: What's the difference between alias and link? But I am not even sure what I am looking for. I wish to create a hard link of the type where if a ...