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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where does Unrar extract files to by default?

I recently installed unrar and double clicking it apparently extracts files to "file directory" except that I can see no files in current directory or unrar install directory. Where do the files get ...
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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

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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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`open http://foo.com` and specify the chrome user which is to be used

Using the open command from terminal I would like to be able to specify the chrome the specific chrome user to open the url with? Local Chrome users are outlined here. Essentially I have a local ...
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Why do file transfers take a long time to stop?

I encounter this problem a lot, and I've also had it on Windows. It doesn't matter if it's over a network, or locally on a hard drive, but file transfers never stop when I click the stop button. They ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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List view in Finder is broken

My Finder is broken (OS X 10.9.5). Icon view works fine, but List, Columns, and Cover Flow do not work at all. When I switch to "List View" (cmd+2), the contents panel of the Finder window does not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Excessive “Opening application for the first time” dialogs

I often get the dialog box warning me that I'm opening an application for the first time. But, it isn't the first time. Some of these are applications that I use daily. I seem to be getting more ...
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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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File can't be moved by root on OS X

I tried to move a few files to a subfolder on OS X. One refused to move. It said Operation not permitted. I tried again as root: $ sudo mv file subfolder/ mv: rename file to subfolder/file: Operation ...
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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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What is standard for os x filesystem? e.g. /opt/ vs. /usr/

What does and should go into /opt/ and what should/does go into /usr/? My understanding is that /usr/ used to be for user home directories, but since that exists in /Users/ - what is the purpose now? ...
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How to copy a file and replace (if necessary) in the target directory from terminal

If I'm on my Desktop and I have a file called 'test.txt' on there, and I want to copy that file to say '~/Library/Folder 1/Folder 2/' how do I do that? Also, if there's already a file there called ...
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How do I delete a file with a NULL byte in the filename?

I made a file by accident with a filename of (NUL).xml, except instead of (NUL), it's literally '\0'. None of the methods I've tried have worked to actually delete it. Is there a way I can delete the ...
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When I try to move the folder, the copying process begins

Why, when I move (using mouse) one folder into another, instead of moving, copying process starts? How to fix it? OS X El Capitan Folders are located on an external drive, GUID partition scheme, ...
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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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Cannot resize OS X startup parting (both diskutil and Disk Utility GUI freeze)

I'm trying to shrink my Yosemite partition and create a new one. Trouble is that the Disk Utility gets stuck "Preparing to partition disk" (same thing when run in recovery), and diskutil in a ...
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How Do I Create a Named Fork and Store Data In It?

It says here... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork_(file_system)#Apple ...that the HFS+ file system in OSX supports "multiple named forks". How do I create a named fork at command line, and then how ...
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Files wrongly considered “not found” in encfs volume

I'm using encfs 1.8.1 (installed via homebrew) on OSX 10.11.2 and Fuse 2.8.3. IIRC after upgrading to OS X I have the issue that I can open certain files that are in the folder that I mounted with ...