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

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File system inaccessible as root, but works fine as user

I'm quite new in the Android development scene. Recently, I installed a custom KitKat ROM and I encountered a strange issue. It is related to my SD cards (one is somekind of "virtual card", it is the ...
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Backup app (Clash of Clans) data from the system partition; monitor app write activities

Yes, I know I can backup my village via google+; yes, I've tried that before; no, it didn't work for me the several times I did it and I don't want to do that again. I've also used the Titanium Backup ...
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Self replicating worm in sd card

I have a Samsung Galaxy Grand with a 16gb micro-sd card. For some inexplicable reason, I am losing data on the sd card. Folder names are being changed to start with the character "μ." For example, ...
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Read/write application data on android

I want to view data of a specific application and ideally modify the data and upload it back. I know the application data files are implicitly protected to prevent malicious application stealing ...
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No USB Storage Mode on GalaxyNexus running 4.2.2

I have a GalaxyNexus running Android 4.2.2 I just want to quickly backup some data files to my PC. I'm pretty sure I've done this many times before, but I guess not on this phone. I have the Android ...
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File system content different on device and on desktop

I've got a Nexus 9 which I'm using to read PDF graphic novels. My process for getting the files onto the device is to connect it to my PC via USB and drag the files into the Download folder on the ...
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How to pull every file on the target device

My rooted device (production build) has been remounted successfully with: adb remount When I try to chmod -R 777 / it says : Unable to chmod /: Read-only file system The goal behind this ...
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Where can I find my App Folder when connected to Computer?

I need to put a .bak file inside my Application Folder. I connected my Android Device to my computer via USB, but I cannot locate my App inside any of those folders! I have unistalled the app and ...
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Where do I store my files such that they can be found?

I'm trying to install an app from an apk file, and I've moved it to my phone via USB; however, I cannot locate it. What would be an easy location to which I could move the apk file such that it would ...
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Windows mount android file system

I want to edit some files on my phone but I can not access the root folder on my phone. I'm using a rooted Google Nexus 5 running Android 5.0. I can read/write to my /, and /system by Android's ES ...
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How To Prevent Lost.dir Completely? [duplicate]

Every time i reboot my android cellphone Lost.dir keeps coming back with around 10 gb of data in my 32gb SD card. Well, i know its just the recovery files created by android, and is safe to delete. ...
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Browsing PC from Samsung Galaxy SIII via Blutooth

I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII and would like to browse, copy, paste, and perhaps even edit my Windows 7 PC's files from it via Blutooth from wirelessly from another room. How can I achieve this? ...
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Difference between /mnt/local and /mnt/internal?

I have a WonderMedia 8650 based tablet running Android 4.0.3. The File Manager app shows the internal flash file system as "/mnt/local", I can also see a "/mnt/internal" filesystem that's identical. ...
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What is the 'garbage.sba' file in Android?

I am trying to gain some storage space on my rooted Samsung Galaxy SII i9100G and came across certain '.sba' files in my '/Andoroid' directory with file sizes of around 35 MB each like 'menu.sba', ...
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Create a dd image of a Android 4.4.4 for forensics?

I'm a little new to the Android file system, I'm doing a project for a digital forensics class and I want to create a bit-for-bit image of my Nexus 5 running 4.4.4 stock, rooted. The normal way I ...
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Unable to adb push on Samsung S4

I absolutely can't push to /system/app/ using adb on a rooted S4 with rw remounted filesystem. adb says: Read-only file system Mounts: /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/system /system ext4 ...
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Change File System of Internal Storage to EXT4

I have an Ainol tablet Novo 7, which has 16GB internal storage in FAT32 format. Due to the file system restriction, it can accept up to 4GB file size only. How can I format the internal storage to ...
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how to populate external SD for Android

Contrary to advice given here I'm not observing LOST.DIR folder created in cases of corruption. Here's my sequence of steps: Unmount external SD card in Android. Put it into external card reader for ...
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How do I mount an external disk drive formatted in ext4 via USB Host?

I plugged a 2.5 inch 1Tb drive into a Nexus 10 and I cannot see it anywhere really. Something pops up in ES File Explorer, but I cannot access the drive. Do I have to root my device, or is there some ...
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Which filesystems get overwritten when applying a ROM?

I'd like to better understand the process of writing a ROM (a zip package) to my Android phone. Checking with adb shell, the following filesystems are mounted on my phone: rootfs / rootfs ...
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Completely Full /system on CM11?

I installed CM11 from this thread on my old Nexus S 4g, thinking I could use it as a tiny server or something. However, it seems that the /system mountpoint, where things like /etc live, is ~100% ...
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In Android 4.1 what is the file structure in SDCard0

My question is not a duplicate of this question as in that post the OP is asking for where the apps are stored and my question is what is the file structure in Android 4.1 I know that installed apps ...
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Is it safe to rename, delete or disable system/bin/mediaserver?

mediaserver is constantly running in the background eating up CPU. I don't care at this point if I don't get to use the gallery app and I'm fed up with having to reboot every time I hop out of my ...
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Is Android FAT / FAT32 implementation power failure resilient?

Does the android FAT/32 implementation handle sudden battery removal? I know that Symbian's 'Rugged FAT' (efat32.fsy) and Microsoft's T-Fat implement this, but I've not been able to find any ...
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Accessing temp files created by an application

I have an application that I know writes temp files to the data/data/app-package directory. Using a file browsing app or windows explorer it seems these directories are sufficiently protected. Is ...
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What are `storage/emulated`, `mnt/sdcard`, `storage/sdcard`?

There have been questions about the old sdcard turning into sdcard0, which I understand to be part of the multiuser feature. What I don't understand is the 3 paths in the questions. Some of them look ...
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Filesystem format used for SD Card by Galaxy S3

When I remove the SD Card that was formatted by my Galaxy S3 from it and put it in a MacBook, fdisk shows its sole partition as having partition ID 0C, indicating that it is a Fat32 LBA partition. ...
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Folder turned into file?

Normally "DCIM" is a folder in which all photos that were taken with camera are stored. When I tried to take a photo with Google Camera, the app instructed me to insert a sd card before taking photos ...
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Android /d folder

On all of my devices there's a folder called /d on two of my devices it's full of folders, on the other it's empty. What is the /d folder? What is it for? And why is it empty on one device?
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Why can I see '/' in a file manager when my device is not rooted?

My device is not rooted: I have rooted it before, but I did a full factory reset using the Nexus Factory Images. Root Checker tells me it's not rooted, and SuperSU tells me that it cannot find SU ...
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How to change Android's default key press sound?

The phone is rooted, I tried changing the file/s; /system/media/audio/ui/*.ogg and their permissions; -rw-r--r-- but still plays the default. Restarting the phone doesn't work also. Am I ...
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Virtual SMB directory on sdcard

I have a Moto G with only 16 gigs of storage. It doesn't accept external sd cards. Therefore, I store some data on my phone and some on my networked drive, at home. This can be annoying because a lot ...
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Programmatically, how does “rooting” a device enable access? [duplicate]

From a layman point of view, one would say, "Oh, I'm unrooted so I am blocked and access is not allowed." I want the programmatic point of view; telling me how an unrooted device doesn't have access ...
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How to turn off the camera shutter sound on LG G2 mini?

Where is located the camera shutter sound file on LG G2 mini (Android 4.4.2)? Or how else to turn that annoying sound off? None of the solutions recommended in similar questions here does work. The ...
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Where to put supersu zip file while rooting HTC One M8

I'm following the instructions at http://htc-one.wonderhowto.com/how-to/unlock-bootloader-root-your-htc-one-m8-0154444/ and have found a stage where I don't have enough information, which is at Step 9 ...
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Folder that automatically uploads to phone

Here's something I that I want to do with my Android phone (Galaxy S2, CM9). I'll be happy if someone could tell me whether it's possible, and how. I often want to transfer files from my computer to ...
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File deleting problems after Android v4.4.2 upgrade? [duplicate]

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S3 Carrier: AT&T (US) Upgrade Path: v4.2 to v4.4.2 Is anyone else noticing SD card file deleting issues after the upgrade to Android v4.4.2? I use CoolReader to view ...
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Where are my received voice notes saved?

I checked in the whatsapp media voice notes. But they are not there. Plz help me to find them urgently.
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File transfer with multiple users

On a rooted Nexus 7 (2013), I have set up a second user. When I plug the usb cable to my mac, I can see all the files for the main user (using the Android File Transfer app from Google). However, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Moving apk to system/app. Operation failed

I have rooted my Nexus 5 and am trying to move an apk to the system/apps directory but keep getting "Operation Failed". I am trying to move from the /data/app directory to the /system/app directory to ...