A file system is the logical structure to organize (store, retrieve and update) data on a storage device.

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Files with names with unicode characters get corrupted in SD Card

When mounting my SD Card on my galaxy SIII files and folders in the card with characters that aren't in the ASCII range get corrupted. This happens by simply selecting 'Unmount card' in the Storage ...
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How do I make /sdcard link point to external SD Card on Android 4.4.2?

I've got a Samsung GT-I9505 phone with Google Edition Rom installed. As my phone comes with 16Gb internal storage, I bought a 32Gb microSD. However, the phone still uses emulated SD card to store all ...
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What are the files with a tilde ~ in their names?

I recently see a lot of files and directories with names like "T9XY3G~X" on my android device. I find them in the directories I sync with my PC, even though they are not copied to my PC. My device is ...
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How do I record a ~45 minute 1080p video with external mic?

I am currently using the camcorder function that comes with lgcamera because it allows me to use the microphone as the source of sound input. But I found that it stops when the recording size reaches ...
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cannot play or copy corrupted video

I have a Samsung galaxy S4. I have changed the settings so that the pictures and video taken from the phone camera are saved in a folder on the external memory card. Usually this works quite well. ...
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Sharing files between users in 4.2.1

I have a Google Nexus 7, unrooted, running stock 4.2.1. I have set it up for two user and we seems to be enjoying it. Recently I ran into an issue about sharing files. In User1's account I copied few ...
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How to create a custom partition? (Not related to the SDCARD)

I am trying to figure out ways to create a new partition additionally to the standard ones, like system, boot or data. As the title indicates, my intention is not to create an ext4 partition inside ...
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Where to place .mp4 files in Nexus 7?

I have connected my Nexus 7 to my Macbook, and I am using the app Android File Transfer. I want to place an .mp4 movie, but I am not sure where to place it. I have tried placing it in the Movies ...
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How to prevent Android from creating LOST.DIR on SD card?

After the phone restarts, there is a LOST.DIR folder created on the external SD card. Is it possible not to create this folder if nothing is lost?
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Why is checking Android filesystem possibly harmful?

I just had an idea to do a filesystem check of all Android partitions when I noticed there is an option to do that for /data /system /cache in STweaks app (which comes also with Dorimanx Kernel) but ...
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Restore wiped files, how? [duplicate]

By unlocking my Bootloader on my HTC One, all data got wiped, also on the Storage... Short and fast, how can i restore files? for example Whatsapp Chat history?!
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download bigger than 4 gb file on android 4.0.4

How can I download files bigger than 4 GB on my Micromax A110 phone? FAT32 file system says that it does not support files larger than 4 GB. I know there is one more way to do that: EXFAT file ...
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I deleted folder in / and I want to make the folder exist again. Does it start with Capital letter (SEE picture)

`I deleted the folder symlinking to /storage/sdcard0 and I want to restore the symlink but I'm not sure if I should make new folder starting with s or S there should be folder named ?dcard does it ...
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How do you get the EmotionSoiD app to load the BIOS?

I downloaded an app called EmotionSoiD which is supposed to be a PS2 emulator for Android here: https://app.box.com/emotionsoid I got it and it installed and runs and stuff, but a black screen pops ...
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Auto-delete certain file extensions on my phone?

How do I make my phone automatically delete certain file extensions? I'm on ICS, rooted. For example, after connecting my phone to my mac, it will leave a .trashes file and other "." folders on my SD ...
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Replacing my default phone application with other one

Can I replace my phone.apk from system/app to a new Phone application such as Swipe Dialer Pro . will it do any harm.there is also one additional apk in system/app called phone service. Apk. what's ...
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Where is the Home folder?

On my linux system I have a directory in /home where all my personal files and local program configurations are stored. Where does Android store that type of file?
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Please explain the android partition structure to me?

I've tried finding the answer myself, but everything that I am able to see seems to miss out the really basic first steps. Here's my logic: FIRST Look at the phone's specification. Lets say Samsung ...
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How (where) do I browse to the /data/Tombstones (on the System Partition, I think)?

Trying to delete some files from my System partition. Someone suggested deleting /data/Tombstones (I.e., what's the Path to it so I can browse to it) Using Astro File manager I navigated from the ...
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rot13 on all names of files in a directory!

This one has me stumped :-/ I have a non-rooted nexus 7 (2013, Android 4.4.2). There is a directory on the inbuilt sd card and this directory has about 200 files in and I would like to rename each ...
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Why is there so many identical Android folders?

I was using the ES File Explorer app, when I noticed there's many different folders with all the same content. Like, there's a "legacy" folder, a "0" folder, and an "sdcard" folder, and it all goes to ...
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Accessing files on google drive from file menu

I am using a GIS package ported from UNIX and it has a standard file menu with Open etc. The files that I want to access are on google drive. How do I get these mounted as part of the file system?
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How can I get file from /data/data/com.myapplication?

I need to get an internal file out of the filesystem in tact. I see the file, using ES File Explorer, located in LocalDevice/data/data/com.myapplication/file/user.json. The device (Nexus-7) is rooted. ...
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Save image/video thumbnails to external storage

How can I save image/video thumbnails to external storage on my android device? Although the image directory of my galaxy s3 device was set to storage/exSdCard/DCIM/Camera it seems that image and ...
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BusyBox `ln -s`: How do I create symlink to a directory on external SD-card?

How do I create symlink to a directory on external SD-card? Do I have to edit /etc/passwd and add user or root to the sdcard_r group--since, I see that the /storage/ location is owned by sdcard_r? Do ...
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Where to find IP address in file system (e.g. proc or sys)

Is there a way to get the IP (v4) address of an interface in the file system of Android? I know I could use ifconfig or netcfg but I would like to use a monitoring tool which can only access files and ...
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Full text search File Explorer

I want a full text search File manager for my Nexus 7. Lifehacker writes about ES but after trying it out, it doesn't do full text search ...
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What is the location of attachments that I download from the Gmail app?

I can't find where the files are saved after I download them from an email message. I'd be glad if you could direct me to the location.
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Where should I save images to have them appear in the Gallery app?

Running KitKat, I want to extract a zip file with photos and place them in a folder where the Gallery app will find them. I'm using Android File Manager and Easy Unrar Lite to move files around and ...
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Path where Firefox Mobile Addons store their data?

I've installed Firefox Mobile on my Asus eee transformer and installed the scriptish add-on for using some userscripts. Some of them require editing. The problem is I don't know which path contains ...
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Where Android apps store data?

Could you list all possible directories where Android apps may store data, providing description what kind of data are stored in each directory?
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“Low on space” message, but nothing appears full

GalaxyS (SGH-I897), running Android 4.0.4 Short problem description I keep getting "Low on Space: Phone storage space is getting low" error in my notifications bar, but neither the SD card nor the ...
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Saving files to internal storage on Android

On my mobile phone I have not got SD card. When I receive something via Bluetooth, it shows me that I have no SD card and I need to insert SD card to receive files. Can someone tell me, how can I set ...
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Is there a way to lock the delete function on android?

I have a buddy I share my phone with and we are currently without an SD card. We download movies and watch them but quickly run out of space on the phone. 4 times now he has "accidentally" deleted all ...
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Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Where in the file system are SMS messages stored? I'm using ES File Explorer to browse around but can't seem to find this - is it on the phone or the SD, and where? I have an HTC Wildfire but I ...
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Where does the 'set as wallpaper' feature save your picture in Gingerbread (2.3)?

I had an image from a website which I set as my background inside the browser. I am wondering now where I can find the image in the file system, because I can't find it online anymore. I already ...
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Read content of thumbdata files

I don't know how I managed to delete all my pictures and unfortunately, it took me a few days to find out they where gone ! I tried to recover them with diskdigger but i didn't have much luck with it ...
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Mount exFAT volume using Paragon exFAT, NTFS & HFS+ app

Device: Mini-PC RK3188 Android: 4.2.2 jelly bean, rooted I am using Paragon exFAT, NTFS & HFS+ to mount and access NTFS and HFS+ volumes. As it states in the application description, exFAT is ...
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How applications read /data directory on not rooted devices

To access directories like /data in file managers the device should be rooted. My phone is not rooted but I see that anti virus applications can read and scan such directories. If reading these ...
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Should the sdcard support case-sensitive files?

I've been testing one of my apps to see how it handles filenames in UPPER-CASE. I thought the Android libraries and system was case sensitive for filenames, however I eventually discovered that files ...
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How do I format my Nexus 5's /sdcard volume?

I have an encrypted Nexus 5, and I want to format /sdcard as ext4 so I can use symbolic links. What steps should I take to back up and restore it, and to prevent apps from trying to use it before it's ...
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Where should I install cross-compiled programs and libraries?

I've been cross-compiling libraries and programs designed for Linux for my Android device. Given that Android has a very un-Linux-like way of structuring its filesystems, should I install them in ...
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Where to store (personal) files?

What is the best place in the Android (4.4 or similar) file system to save some documents (.pdf, personal docs, other files, music, ...)? In other words, is there a specific folder where one can ...
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SD card directory is “split” on new phone

I moved from a Samsung Mesmerize (Galaxy S, Android 2.2) to a Motorola Electrify (Android 2.3) and the Electrify is reading my SD card differently. My old data is now stored in /mnt/sdcard-ext instead ...
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What does deleting a file really do? [closed]

When I run an app, select a file, and choose "delete" what happens then: the file is moved to trash (and later is removed by OS when some conditions are met) the file is removed from the filesystem ...
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What is the path where GoSMS stores the SMS messages

How say the title I can't find where the sms are stored. I see this similar question but the replies haven't helped me. I have gosms and I want delete all messages, but if I do this option with gosms ...
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How can I view the Android internal partition table?

I've rooted my device, put it in recovery mode, and have linked it to PC by adb shell. How can I view the list of storage devices and partitions? Note: fdisk doesn't work.
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How to find the pathname of the swap partition on SD card?

As this warns, you should not enable swap on the wrong partition or you can destroy your phone: OK before we go any further! previous phones had a partition layout where mmcblck0 was the SDcard ...
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ODEX file: Does every app has one and if yes where are they stored?

I know that .odex files are optimized .dex files. I have seen a lot of .odex files below the path /system on my phone. I am just curious if there are also .odex files for my installed apps. I ...
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Mount point information for Motorola XT925? (partial fix)

I seem to have messed up my mounting partitions while trying to deodex Stock JB Central Europe. I basically used xultimate to pull the files and deodex then tried using adb shell to mount the system ...