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

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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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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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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 Linux-...
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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 ...
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With the stock Gallery app, how can I open an arbitrary image file by specifying its filesystem path?

I would like to know whether it is possible to open an arbitrary image file with the stock Gallery app (as distributed with the Samsung Galaxy SIII) by navigating the filesystem and drilling down the ...
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Edited build.prop of HCl me sync 1.0

I recently rooted my HCl me sync 1.0(u3) and changed the build.prop to download some unsupported app. But when I rebooted the tab it stuck in a bootloop(with the screen orientation changed). I have a ...
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How to “mount --bind” directories in Android 4.4?

I am just wondering is there a way to bind an internal /sdcard folder to another internal /sdcard folder and normal apps can write into it for Android versions since 4.4? I have a folder named ./...
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How does antivirus find the files accessed by an application without root access?

I haven't rooted my mobile phone, but an antivirus is running. Without rooting, how will the antivirus come to know about the files accessed by an application? Normally, in Linux distributions, it ...
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Unable to find files copied from pc to internal storage

I have copied files (around 2GB) to my android phone's internal storage from my friend's pc. But I'm unable to find those files either by using file manager(root) or from my pc. When I checked my ...
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How can I determine the block size of the filesystem on my Android?

I'm creating a bunch of flash cards for use with AnkiDroid and many of them contain images or sound files. I would like to find a balance between image/audio file size, and clarity, without wasting a ...
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How can I restore a deleted file that I should not have deleted?

I used titanium backup to delete something I shouldn't have deleted and than I factory reseted my phone and now I can't log in with my Google accounts ,can anybody please tell me what I have got to ...
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Replaced /system/bin/toolbox. How to I revert that?

I renamed the original /system/bin/toolbox" to "toolbox_alt". I replaced the file /system/bin/toolbox with a file that was supposed to work, but doesn't work at all. My filemanagers and the most ...
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Galaxy S4's LCD broken. How do I access hidden folders in the storage using computer?

I recently broke my screen entirely so the touch function and LCD do not work at all on my Samsung Galaxy S4. I managed to plug in a keyboard to my phone to input my pass-code in order to unlock the ...
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cannot delete file with strange character

I am using JellyBean 4.1.2. There is a directory with a file that is with stange character. I use many app to delete it but did not success. And I use shell to look at it. When I issue ls command. it ...
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Where in the filesystem are settings saved? Namely ADB backup password

Where in the phone filesystem are settings saved? I've lost my ADB backup password and simply want to delete it. If it affects other settings that won't matter too much. I will be interfacing the ...
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My Files is running very slow

When I open up My Files and select All Files the phone is processing for multiple minutes until i can do anything. It says Verwerken... in dutch (Processing). Once done after a moment it does the same....
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File permission os SD card (FAT32)

Android uses FUSE for sd cards. Does FUSE support file permissions for SD card? If no - how do I install some apps on SD card? Cause there is no suuport for symlinks, execution permission etc.
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What file system for sdcard for KitKat

I have been searching the web and this website for information about the file systems supported by Android. I have not found anything though. Since KitKat (Android 4.4), some changes have been ...
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Which filesystem do Android use?

I know that android uses FAT32 for SD cards and mounts them via FUSE. But which FS is on / ? Some kind of ext? zfs?
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40GB of thumbnails in a 16GB device [duplicate]

I just found that my /sdcard/DCIM/.thumbnails folder grew to more than 40GB. Two .thumbdata3 files each large 20GB. My Galaxy S3 has only 16GB of internal storage. These files prevent me from backing ...
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Recover files of an App

My phone is a Motorola MOTO G (first generation). Due to some troubles, I had recovered the factory settings of my phone. But I forget to backup some data of an app (Tricount). A this point my phone ...
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Missing 2.2 GB of space on my micro SD card

I pulled my micro SD card out of my phone (LG G3) and inserted it into my PC (Kubuntu 14.04). I was in the process of moving several large video files off of the SD card onto my computer. Moving these ...
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How do the various tools to convert a system image to f2fs work?

Recently I've been trying to install a f2fs compatible rom to my old and slow nexus7. I got as far as flashing a new recovery image and reformatting the device partitions to the new file system, but ...
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XT1064 - 5.0.1 - Rooted - Issues with writing to /sdcard

I just rooted my Moto G 2014 XT1064 running 5.0.1. I used this article to do the root process: http://maktechblog.com/how-to-unlock-the-bootloader-and-root-the-motorola-moto-g-2nd-gen/#Root Which ...
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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 ...