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

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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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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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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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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 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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How to format /storage/sdcard0 in ext4

I tried to create a symbolic link on the "internal SD card" of my Galaxy SD2. It failed with "permission denied" and I quickly realized this file system is vfat. How can I reformat /storage/sdcard0 ...
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File Explorer for HTC Desire X - too many permissions asked for?

I have a HTC Desire X running Android 4.0.4 (not rooted) I am looking for a file explorer mainly for 2 things - Just browsing around the file system - Copying an apk from my PC and executing it. I ...
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Can open an HTML file with Browser but not HTMLViewer

I have an HTML file on my SD card. Opening it with "Browser" works as expected. However, if I try to open it with the built-in app "HTMLViewer", I receive the following error message: Web page ...
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How do I change call recorder file destination?

By default my call recordings are saved on the internal phone memory, in the Sounds directory. How can I change this, e.g. to the external SD card? (Android 4.1.2, Omega ROM v49, inbuilt recording ...
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Local files revisited: Opening local HTML files (file:///path/to/file) in Chrome on Android 4.x

There are other questions on this same topic, but I'm finding that on 4.0.4 with my HTC One, I can open file:/// URLs just fine with Firefox, but not with Chrome or the Android browser. Those two ...
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Why is one folder on my Samsung Galaxy SII not being properly showed on PC?

There is one folder on my device (not in the microSD card) with mp3 files that used to work perfectly but suddenly started to cause a malfunction when I try to open it on a PC. It is said to have no ...
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External harddrive case to spin-down drive when idle

I try to make external 2.5 hard drives automatically spin down when idle and connected to android devices. The device I have got in mind is a HDMI TV-Stick with USB connector. I tried a few ...
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Running TRIM from shell

Is it possible to run fstrim in stock android 4.3 from adb shell? I understand it runs every 24 hours when the device is plugged in and idle but I would like to run on demand to test a few theories.
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can't find apps on sd card after root

I just took the plunge and rooted my HTC incredible 2 to ICS 4.0.4 with Psycho's CM 9.1. I am happy so far but I don't know how to retrieve the apps I have saved on my SD card. Prior to performing ...
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How do I get permission to create this file in an android shell?

I'm trying to root a Kindle and I'm stuck. Getting permission denied and don't know how or what permissions to change. mike@Inspiron:~/Downloads/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools$ adb shell ...
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What might cause my phone to spontaneously stop booting into its custom ROM and only reboot into recovery mode?

My phone is a Samsung Vibrant running CyanogenMod 10.0 (Android 4.1.2). I rebooted my phone, as I do every few days, and instead of starting up CyanogenMod as usual, it dumped me into the ...
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How do I delete this read only file?

In order to enable USB mass storage mode, I placed a file in the /system/etc/init.d/ directory. My situation has changed, and now I want to remove that file. I know it is safe to remove because I put ...
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Installing Redir (and other binaries) to Android

I'm trying to get my phone to redirect all traffic from the Wifi/3G radios, since some apps won't even run if Wi-fi isn't turned on, to the USB Ethernet interface. I figure using redir would work, ...
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Folder hierarchy messed up after upgrading my phone to Jelly Bean!

my HTC Desire X recently got an update to JB 4.1.1 but after the update, the folders are not getting diaplayed in their original hierarchy in the music player apps like PowerAmp and also the default ...
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Would any of the advanced Linux/UNIX filesystems be viable on Android?

I know ext4 is already used as an internal filesystem but I wondered if there would be anything gained by using something like btrfs or ZFS? I know they are meant for more server-oriented situations ...
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Android Folder Hierarchy

On Android's root (/), what is the purpose of each folder? I am wanting to learn the folder hierarchy structure of Android 2.3 and 4.x, if they have different folders in "/".
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What kind of data is stored in /data/user directory?

It seems to store some kind of application data, but how is it different from /data/data directory?
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Is there a tool to create a symlink?

I'm looking for a tool to create a symlink with Android. I know I can write a script but I don't want to spend so much time when perhaps somebody has a better solution? I know app2sd and link2sd ...
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How to view the files from /root/data folder?

I want to see the files from /root/data/data folder. Is there any application/trick which can do this?
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Link2SD proper usage

I have a 64 GB micro SD card. I partitioned 1.2 GB as Ext2 with Mini Partitioner (highest option was about 4 GB). This is great and all, but from all of the literature I've read, Link2SD seems like ...
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Android 2.2 - External SD card not working - says “Blank External SD card” — Why?

OS: Android 2.2 Device: Samsung Galaxy S All of a sudden my external SD card has stopped working. Error Notification: > Blank External SD card > > SD card blank or has unsupported file ...
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What are the folders 'burstlyImageCache' and 'burstlyVideoCache' and can I delete them?

I'm interested in the following two folders found on my Samsung SIII: /storage/sdcard0/burstlyImageCache /storage/sdcard0/burstlyVideoCache Together they only come to about 1.5 MB on my device. ...
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Can I delete a file called 'UPDATE' in the dload folder, or will this delete the operating system?

I recently received low space warnings on my Huawei Honor so I connected my phone to the Mac and observed the files: As you can see, perhaps 75% is taken up by a file called 'UPDATE' in the dload ...
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Images and videos not readable from SD

first time here and I'm in sort of despair! I recently purchased a 32GB (class 10) memory card for my Samsung Galaxy S2. All went fine, the card was recognized, I could write and read from it, both, ...
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SD Card partition named differently on different devices - breaks music player

I have recently moved from a Droid 2 to Droid 3, both running Android 2.3. The same SD card registers as "sdcard" on the D2, and "sdcard ext" on D3. Probably for this reason, I am having problems with ...
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Why is EXT3 not supported on Android?

Android uses the Linux kernel instead of some "Android kernel", so why is ext3 not supported on Android 2.3?
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What's the use of .tmfs folder on SD card?

What is the use of .tmfs folder on SD card? ps. there is only a file in it with Chinese filename ...
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How to find files related to a process

I was using adb shell to have a peek at what's going on a Sony Xperia Z phone. I've noticed a few services (e.g. com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins, com.google.android.youtube, etc.). I'd like to ...
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Android phone file structure seems corrupted when connected via USB

so I have a Sony Xperia Play, and it's worked for awhile, but now I'm finding that sometimes when I plug it into my MacBook through USB, and try to copy files from the EasyVoiceRecorder folder onto my ...
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Finding data created by a certain application?

I'm looking for the data-store of a certain application so I can take backups of some files that are important to me. Connecting the phone to my computer and browsing the file-system I get revealed a ...
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Why can't I access the files on my SD card?

I have a Motorola Droid Bionic which I recently updated to Android 4.1.2. Since the update, I can no longer access any of the files on the 32GB micro SD card I installed in the phone. I can view all ...
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The /sdcard direcory and other directory conventions: how is the Android filesystem structured?

I am using the "adb shell" command to access either of an LG P690 (device A) or a Samsung Galaxy SIII (device B). Device A also has a 32GB microSD card plugged in while device B does not. When fromthe ...
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Is the external micro SD card path the same for all devices?

I am using a Samsung Tab 2. There is a path: /mnt/external_sdcard/myfile. Here, I can save, read, or write my file to the external micro SD card. I'm just wondering if this path is the same for all ...