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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to encrypt exFAT on external drive?

I have a lot of data on my external drive. The file system is the exFAT. I believe it is not possible to encrypt that filesystem with FileVault. Do you know how (tool maybe) to encrypt exFAT on an ...
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Contents of folder have disappeared

Twice in the last week the entire contents of a folder have disappeared when I start up my computer. The folder contains over 100 GB of files, including all my work files. It's the first folder in the ...
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How do I format a usb drive on a PC or Mac?

I have a USB drive that was formatted for a Mac and now I want to use it for a PC. How can I do to make it?
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Am I supposed to have both a Library/Privileged Helper Tools & a Library/PrivilegedHelperTools folder?

Library/Privileged Helper Tools is empty. Library/PrivilegedHelperTools has 3 items belonging to known installed applications within it.
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Cannot read HDD with Windows after formatting with OS X

After formatting my external hard drive with the help of Terminal.app in OS X, I cannot read the disk in Windows. Here is the result from diskutil list: #: TYPE NAME ...
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Removing ALL characters with Command+Delete when renaming a file/folder removes/trashes the file/folder entirely

Reproducible steps: Open a Finder window (either via an 'open/upload file' in another application or directly) select a folder with one click hit 'Enter' to change the name Use 'Command+Delete' to ...
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How do I install fuse-ext2 to use with OSXFuse

I'm trying to make Ext4 disk readable on mac OSX 10.10.5. I've already installed OSXFuse, I read on this site that I also needed to install fuse-ext2. I downloaded fuse-ext2-master.zip and unzipped ...
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SD Card file changes don't trigger apps to update

I've recently moved my git repo to an always plugged in SD card, formatted to OS X Extended I've noticed with both SourceTree and WebStorm don't pick up on file changes anymore. Gets really annoying ...
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What is the max number of hard links in OS X (10.11)?

I have a file that I keep linking to. It's up to 45 links now. Does anyone know how I can find out what the maximum number of hard links is in OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)?
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Browse HFS Journal

Is there any way to examine the contents of thee journal of an HFS mount? I'm super-curious. I'm ok with the command line, but GUIs are always nicer. X is fine. Also, will it be beneficial to create ...
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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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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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What is iLifeAssetManagement, and can I delete it?

I have 5 GB of stuff in ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement and I'd like the space back. What is this stuff and how can I reduce its footprint?
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How to completely remove Fuse for Mac OS X NTFS-3G

I have problem with the removing of NTFS-3G. These instructions say: If you have followed those instructions then you've installed three packages. fuse_wait just replaces a single file of ...
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How to search entire drive for duplicates of selected files?

I'm looking for a free Mac application that lets me select multiple files and then find duplicates of them on the rest of my drive. There's a lot of apps that detects duplicates within selected ...
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How Do I Reset the Sharing & Permission Setting on a MacBook?

When you select the "Get Info" option, the mac will bring up a pop-up with the various attributes of the object selected. In the "Sharing & Permissions" section, you can set the access level. ...