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

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Enabling USB debugging from open file system access using custom recovery

Of course this should be possible, but finding the correct files to modify is the real question. Assuming we can boot into a custom recovery and have full access to the file system, has anyone ...
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How does the Linux filesystem on Android get mapped to “Computer\PhoneName\Phone” on Windows 7?

I am trying to figure out, when I use adb shell I see a filesystem with directories such as /storage/emulated/0. When I connect my Android phone to Windows 7 I see something like the following folder: ...
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/system cannot be remounted as RW, even when rooted (Sony Xperia E3)

I rooted my Sony Xperia E3 (D2203) a while ago using Kingroot, which worked flawlessly. Before rooting my device, /system could be accessed, which is how root was installed in the first place. ...
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Moving /storage/sdcard0 from NAND to a removable MicroSD card: will it break anything?

Background information I own a Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G running Android 4.1.2. It comes with 8 GB of built-in NAND flash, which is almost full by now. Luckily, it also has a MicroSD card slot. My ...
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How to clear a Folder (e.g. Downloads) automatically on a regular/scheduled basis?

There is a folder on an Android phone that continually fills with junk. Instead of clearing that folder manually on a regular basis, how can I setup up a way to have that folder be automatically ...
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Retrieve Stock Browser History?

I have a Galaxy S4 and today 45 browser tabs I've been using for about six months just disappeared (should have been bookmarking things, yes). Is there a way I can retrieve my browser history via my ...
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How can you get a local filesystem link of an offline-accessible PDF file in Dropbox?

I would like to get a link to a pdf file in my local Dropbox of my android. This is because I want to access the file by the syntax /local/system/something/file.pdf#page=116 in Internet Browser. I ...
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Access Android file system through ubuntu 14.04 over LAN

I have SOC which run android 4.4. I have connect this to my network using LAN. Now I want to access android root file using my Ubuntu desktop. Something like ssh. How to do this?
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Build.prop modifies okay. But not updates in system (e.g. About Tablet in settings)

I am running Android-x86 4.4 on VirtualBox. Everything works fine. But when I am modifying build.prop (with ES File Explorer or BuildProp Editor) with other manufacturer or model and save it. After ...
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Is there any working method to mount Ext4 partitions on 64 bit Android 5?

Is seems that, as for today, there are no working methods (apps or hacks) to make Ext4 partitions work (read/write) on my Android v5.1 64 bits. My device is a Jiayu S3 with a Xtreme ROM (not stock, ...
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Unable to mount '/efs'

I am having trouble with mounting /efs on my Galaxy S3, which is running on cyanogenmod 10.2. I have already tried this tutorial but with no luck. Also, I found a .bak file that is supposed to fix ...
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repack system.img for htc desire 516

I've unpacked the system.img from HTC Desire 516 firmware to add some missing languages pack, both unpacking and editing the system image done, but i'm unable to repack the system image, i'm using ...
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how do I view files on micro sd?

I just saved the files from my flip phone to a micro sd card, and put that micro sd card in my android tablet. I went to the file manager, but I didn’t see anything for mounting the sd device, or that ...
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Formatting internal MTD storage: selecting block size?

I have rooted china N101-II tablet with CyanogenMod after flashing custom ROM. Internal MTD storage is 32 GiB large and custom ROM flashing make different layout to internal partitioning. Thus /data ...
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Can I access the filesystem of an android device?

I have an android device that doesn't start because it tries to activate carrier's network. Its out-of-contact CDMA mobile which was ported to another carrier. I accidently did a reset and after that ...
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Cannot find where Google Play Music stores downloaded files (different from similar posts)

About a year or two ago, I decided to use Google Play Music as my "cloud host", so I took all of my old music that I'd had sitting on my computer, and uploaded it to Google Play Music. This is all my ...
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Missing 20 Gigabyte of Free Space

I've recently noticed that my Galaxy Note 3 32GB model ran out of storage. My Samsung File Explorer App says that I've got about 3GB of storage left of 32GB. My problem now is that I can't figure out ...
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Which filesystems with wear leveling does Android support?

So I bought 64gb micro SD card which was formatted as exFAT. I can't use it with Android and I am actually very happy now that I have a good reason to get rid of this ms crap. In particular I do not ...
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How apps write data into file-system on non-rooted device?

User Apps and Data are stored in /data/app and /data/data respectively. But we can't (even) see that without root permission. So, I want to know If device is non-rooted then How user Apps are ...
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Move app using file manage or force installation onto SD card?

First off: I haven't been able to root my phone. It's a ZTE Speed (N9130) on Android 4.4.4. I have gone through every rooting method available with the exception of guides that require special cables. ...
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Where does Lollipop stores notification policy?

Unlike its predecessor Android versions which saves notification policy in the file /data/system/notification_policy.xml (the file which saves the package name of apps you've selected to stop giving ...
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What is the real used space on data partition of my phone?

When selecting data partition on my phone (HTC One M8), TWRP says it's going to back up 5448 Mb. But 'df' command says there are 8319 Mb used from 10934 total. And ES Explorer displays the size of ...
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change the filesystem mounted when plugged in to USB

Is there a way to change the mount location when plugging a device into USB? I want to move it to root directory. I am rooted. Please note that I want no setup done on the pc I.e. Do not give methods ...
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Where are the lollipop OTA system upgrade files stored?

Android devices automatically download OTA system update files and store them on your device until you install them. Then you get a notification that the file has been downloaded. I do not want to ...
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Access Android System Partition from Linux

What is the best way to access the Android system partition via USB of any device with Linux (not rooted device) Need to change some files in the system folders...
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“.walkfree” folder automatically created in SD card, and APKs downloaded into it without any notification

In my SD card a folder is created on its own named .walkfree by an unknown source, and in that it automatically downloads .apk files showing no notification of being downloaded, and if deleted, a new ...
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How to prevent extra folders from being created in my external SD card?

I have an HTC desire 820s running on Kitkat 4.4.4. I have set phone storage as my default write disk in Settings. However, when I open ES file explorer, I always find that many folders named like ...
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When should fstrim run?

Based on this cyanogenmod forum thread, I tried to address the delay in running applications and switching between applications on my Galaxy Nexus running cyanogenmod with Android 4.4.4 by running ...
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File copied to /system/bin keeps disappearing

After copying Sqlite3 to by /system/bin folder, the file disappears. I can successfully change the folder to rw and modify the file properties on sqlite3. However, as soon as I remount my /system as ...
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Android external uSD mount omap configurations

My issue is that my android OS is not recognizing my uSD slot as a mountable drive. I am working with a custom piece of hardware that is a carrier board for an SOM. The version of android is ...
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Is it possible to restrict an app's permissions to a specific folder(s) (and subfolders)?

When installing an app, depending on the app, access to the filesystem is required and requested at the time of install. Is it possible to restrict this to specific folders(s) and their subfolders? ...
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What are these small 8-4-4-4-12 hexdigits-named files in root dir?

(Post edited to add more info.) My Android phone contains, in the lowest user-accessible directories of both phone storage and SD card, several small files named xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx ...
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Where I can find factory home screen layout file?

Where I can find factory home screen layout file? I would like modify default layout which will persist after I will make a hard reset. Best Edit device: Lenovo A6000, kitkat 4.4.4 rom: orignal ...
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What is the content of data/misc/wifi/softap.conf?

I was going through a question about how to find a saved password in a rooted phone and while doing this I found a file in data/misc/wifi/softap.conf. What is the content of this file?
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how do I browse to files on my external sdcard when the phone is connected using MTP?

I have connected my phone to my computer (Win7) using MTP. I can browse to the H:\ drive and see things like music,amazonmp3, alogcat and so on. But when I use my phone's file manager to try and find ...
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Filesytem on Android

I'm totally confused regarding Android file system and its relation to SD card. While browsing my Asus Nexus 7 (2013) with file manager Astro from very root catalog I found directory sdcard. But ...
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Uninstall programs that are not visible in Application manager

I have an Asus Nexus 7 that is full of games that take up all 29 GB of memory. The kids installed these games, and they are not visible in the Application Manager. Perhaps they were installed in a ...
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ES file explorer, how can I get the complete folder path?

Sometimes ES file explorer will open directly into a folder, for example if I download a file, it will ask if I want to open the files containing folder. I select yes and then get something like this: ...
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Nexus 5 bootloops when trying to use F2FS

I'm using a Nexus 5, with the Resurrection Remix v5.4.7 ROM. The default file system is ext4. I tried to change file system to F2FS, but it goes to infinite boot loop. I read somewhere that this ROM ...
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Help I accidentally removed the Media Scanner

A couple of hours ago I was cleaning out unnecessary apps on my phone (LG G3) using 3C Toolbox when I must have accidentally removed the app responsible for scanning my media. The Gallery & Music ...
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/storage/emulated/legacy is read only :(

For some reason, no apps on my phone (including adb, after running su) can modify any files in any subdirectory of /storage. I also can't use my file manager on my computer to edit, create, or delete ...
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Is it safe to delete all empty folders in Android?

Almost every Android "cleaning" app (such as SD Maid) includes the ability to delete all empty folders. In operating systems such as Windows, this is generally not a good idea. Windows applications ...
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Does Android support the EXT (filesystem) for removable storage cards?

As the subject indicates, does Android support any of the Extended File Systems ("ext", "ext2", "ext3" and "ext4") for removable storage cards (such as Micro SDXC storage cards)? Android is a ...
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Select file from Downloads to upload via web form

I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S3 and want to upload a file from my Downloads folder to a website using a form on that web page. But when I click the button to browse for a file to upload, I can only select ...
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Shred an internal or system partition

There are quite a few apps that lets a user delete the media or data partitions so it won't be recoverable - by re-writing "junk" data over and over again on the free storage space. Still, is there ...
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Where Google drive shared link file stored?

I have opened a google drive sharing link of a zip file from browser with google drive app on android. there was a notification "Opening in drive". But after that again it asked for opening with ES ...
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Unable to delete a file in /data/data with root permissions

I own a Moto G which is in 5.0.2 with KK bootloader. An app created a folder in /data/data which sustains in the memory even after uninstallation of the app. I couldn't remove the folder in any way. ...
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Best file system for an external SD card

I have a Galaxy S5 with Android 5 and got a new 64 GB SD card. What is the best file system for the SD card? FAT32 is not an option because I want files >4GB. Which file system offers the best ...
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How to find out which file system is used by my device?

How do I find out which file system is used by my device's /system, /data and other partitions?
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Should I switch to F2FS?

I've heard a lot of hype about Samsung's filesystem named Flash-Friendly File System (or F2FS for short). I've heard about cases where the device apparently worked faster after switching to this ...