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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Files from memory card

I accidently moved my iMac with the card inserted and the card got bent and cannot be read anymore. Not sure if it can be recovered. I Was wondering if somehow the files are stored in the HD. I did ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Easiest way to browse iPhone filesystem

What method of browsing the root filesystem is least likely to make any modifications to it? Hooking to a pc is an option. Jailbreaking is not an option for this question.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How to auto-create mount points in /Volume with sshfs

I believe the title says it all, but anyways: I would like to recreate the OSX behaviour of auto-creating mount points in /Volumes with sshfs mounting remote folders and auto-deleting these mount ...
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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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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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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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How to browse /usr in an Open File dialog?

I came to the necessity of browsing and picking up a file from /usr while using some programming tools, but I cannot do so because /usr seems to be hidden from Open File dialog. Is there any ...
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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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Can you reinstall OS X on a FileVault 2-encrypted drive?

I've been researching FileVault 2 to make sure that I understand it before I enable it on my Mac. While reading Macworld's Complete guide to FileVault 2 in Lion, I encountered an unexpected caveat ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't /proc exist in OS X?

What is the reason that /proc does not exist in OS X? I was curious to find file descriptors that a process was using in my Mac. The way I do it in linux is to go in /proc/fd folder of that process. ...
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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 ...