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

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Difference between /storage/emulated/0/ and /storage/emulated/legacy/? [duplicate]

I've recently went from stock Jelly Bean to CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat), and I've noticed that the internal SD card paths are completely different. I now have /storage/emulated/ containing two folders ...
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How can I make an Android device go from off to on at a chosen point?

I have a rooted Pantech Element and I want to make it turn on when it is charging (or at some other predetermined event, possibly). I have seen advice that says to edit a file called 'playlpm', but ...
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Partition mounting on Android

On linux, "/etc/fstab" contains the directives how a partition should be mounted (fs type, flags etc.). On Android how it is determined? On my Nexus 7, I see a file called "fstab.flo" in "/" which ...
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execute permissions on fuse/fat filesystem

I've successfully cross-compiled Ruby for Android and everything goes ok in the emulator. But while I'm testing these funny things on my device (Nexus4) I noticed that /sdcard (or ...
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Viewing File System through a Windows Laptop

I have a HTC Desire X running Android 4.0.4 (not rooted). When I connect my phone to my Win7 Laptop, from my laptop, this is the filesystem I see LOST.DIR (Empty) ...
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remount failing for rooted device

I have a rooted motorola device, which I am trying to remount for an internal apk installation. Vaibhav-mac00:~ vaibhav$ adb remount System folder is write protected. To disable use: fastboot oem ...
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How to mount ubifs filesystem on android emulator?

I want to test the functionality of a custom ubifs filesystem on an android emulator (avd- Nexus 5). I have compiled and deployed a goldfish kernel(3.4) with ubifs support. But not finding the correct ...
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What might Opera be searching for to determine that my device doesn't have an SD card?

I just rooted a B&N Nook Glowlight and installed Opera Mobile. When I try to download an APK from e.g. Github, Opera Mobile gives an error: A memory card is needed for file downloads. Please ...
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How can I place a text file on my homescreen for editing?

I would like to place a textfile from my SD-card todo.txt on my home screen so I can click on it to edit the content and when I close it only that file would be saved. Ideally there would be a git ...
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Terminal “Permission Denied” - Need more info on error message

I am trying to run an executable from the android terminal with root permissions, but I am constantly receiving the following error: [ExecutableName] : permission denied I am confirmed to be loged ...
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Android Hangouts image cache location

Is it possible to retrieve sent/received Hangouts images from the file system? I'm looking for an image which has been deleted on Google+, but is still in cache when I swipe through images on my ...
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Restore deleted system

I have formatted the system using twrp now I can't flash the stock rom on my galaxy s3 sprint. I am getting the file_getprop: failed to stat "system/build.prop" status 7 every time I try to flash the ...
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Windows explorer not showing all my SdCard Files | Galaxy S3 mini

I have a some images that I can see in my phone, when I check the location it says that they're in my external SD card (see first image), but when I connect my phone to my laptop with Windows 7, I ...
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What exactly is framework-res.apk

As far as I understand it, it is a big system file that apparently controls a big part of the phone. I am interested because I wanted to do some themeing and so far I had edited SystemUI.apk, but if I ...
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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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“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 ...