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Datamining of my local filesystem

I would like to harvest file-system activity from my operating system on an ongoing basis so that in the future I can look back on the data to see what files I was working on at a given time. I'm using windows 7. Basically something like the web history in a browser, but for my local files and applications. [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Jan 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Finding all my annotated PDFs amongst the clutter

I have a lot of PDFs and some of them contain my notes and annotations. How can I single out the annotated files without opening them all, one by one? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Dec 12, 2013 - 2 answers

About file dates and what they mean...

In Windows 7 or 8 (and maybe before that) if I view the properties of a document, I get all sorts of meta information. I'm interested in the Date created element and a Content created element.... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Sufficiently Advanced Technology, or Magic?

How can a virtual machine track the guest OS's use of an emulated disk? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Sep 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Duplicate file names... in the same folder

In Windows 7, I have several examples of identically-named files in the same folder. As far as I know, this shouldn't be possible. Any ideas about why this would have happened and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on Aug 12, 2012 - 13 answers

What filesystem should I use to share between windows mac and linux?

I have a 1TB external hard drive that I want to use with Linux, Mac & Windows 7. What filesystem should I format it with? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Mac file manipulation for power users?

Is there a SQL-like way to interact with the Mac filesystem? Failing that, what's better than the Finder for batch copies/moves/deletions? [more inside]
posted by ripley_ on Dec 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Why can't this be more simple?

(Long shot Ipad question): Need assistance if possible to put /find/extract data from an older ipad backup... [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

help me search for many files on my HD at once?

help me search my HD for about 600 files all at once. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Oct 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Best large File inter-operable file system?

What is the most inter-operable file system that can handled files larger then 4GB? (i.e. DVD iso files at 4.7GB or uncompressed AVI that are larger then 4GB.) Best would be something that Windows XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu/other linux flavors, and Mac could all read and write. [more inside]
posted by wonderfullyrich on Dec 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Corrupt NTFS filesystem, can't get into the repair console.

My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Reiser 4

Are you allowed to use a computer in the US when you are in prison? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Aug 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me recover a GPT table!

I've somehow corrupted my GPT table on my Windows 7 box and i'm wondering if there is a way to recover/recreate this table. The MBR is fine and windows 7 still boots. Parted/Gparted cant see the partitions though (looking at the corrupted GPT) and it's becoming an issue because i'm attempting to dual boot with Ubuntu. Thanks!
posted by runit on Apr 23, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I make karmic Ubuntu and WinMo 6.1 play nice?

Why won't Ubuntu 9.10 recognize any recent pictures or new folders on my Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone when I plug it in? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 18, 2010 - 5 answers

NTFS, I hate you

I have a 300gb SATA drive, NTFS formatted, that has most of my movies & music on it. After a lengthy move and installing a new operating system on a different drive, it's done something I never have seen before: about half the files on the disk point to some random location of the disk, so movie files go to the middle of MP3s, MP3s go to random places in entirely unrelated MP3s, etc. It's a massive mess. I ran the NTFS repair utility (without doing a backup, stupid) and it only had the effect of setting about half of the affected files' sizes to zero. I'm fairly sure at this point it's a lost cause, and I'll save what I can & reformat, but has anyone run into this problem before? Is there some magical way out? What on earth could have caused it?
posted by devilsbrigade on Jul 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Make Windows XP sort by Modified Date automatically... every time?

Easy Windows XP question, yet hard to google: Is there anyway to set the 'select file' dialog boxes used by virtually every program to sort by Modified Date instead of Name? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Jun 25, 2009 - 1 answer

Choosing a filesystem for an external hdd

What filesystem should I use on my new USB 2.0 external hard drive? It'll mostly stay attached to an Ubuntu box and be used to store large video files for streaming to playback devices on my network, but I'd also like to be able to take it to a friend's house and plug it into whatever computer they happen to have. [more inside]
posted by contraption on May 2, 2009 - 12 answers

No reserved blocks in ext2 on Aspire One?

Why is it OK to have no reserved blocks in ext2 on the Acer Aspire One? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Apr 6, 2009 - 4 answers

How does windows do filesystem caching?

How does windows do filesystem caching? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Mar 18, 2009 - 6 answers

DVD Filesystems

What would cause certain folders to show up when a DVD is mounted under Windows (XP, FWIW), but not to show up under Linux (Ubuntu Intrepid)? [more inside]
posted by claudius on Mar 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Whats the Difference between a file system and a partition in Ubuntu?

Whats the Difference between a file system and a partition in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by complience on Feb 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Detailed Computer Books

Does anyone know of some good Computer books that really talk about the structure of computers and how they work in depth? Like file systems, boot process, assembly, hardware details like how the processor works, BIOS, and all that good stuff
posted by CZMR on Dec 31, 2008 - 18 answers

Creating custom files

How do I create a "custom file" in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Nov 20, 2008 - 24 answers

This is not my beautiful OS.

My fantastically unstable IBM T42 (which is on it's 3rd, soon to be 4th, life) died a little while ago, no longer booting into Ubuntu. However, it loves to boot into Windows. How do I nuke both? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 11, 2008 - 8 answers

How to copy one large file from Linux to Mac OS X

I want to copy a 6.5Gb file from my Linux machine to my Macbook running Tiger as quickly as possible. I have a USB drive. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Apr 4, 2008 - 13 answers

NTFS hard drive keeps switching to RAW.

Why does my hard drive keep losing it's file system and switching from NTFS to RAW? [more inside]
posted by itchylick on Sep 22, 2007 - 2 answers

File Dependency System

Are there file dependency management systems out there? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on May 22, 2007 - 1 answer

How do I recover a lost filesystem that has been partially overwritten?

I accidentally formatted my NTFS drive with HFS and wrote some data on it. Now how do I recover whatever is left? >>>Any filesystem experts around here? [more inside]
posted by oneous on Apr 26, 2007 - 6 answers

UnionFS to add disk space to mounted directories

I have a new hard drive that I have added into my system. I've partitioned it three ways. The first partition is what I would like to add onto /opt, the second is some additional swap (added with no problem), and the third is the one that I'd like to add onto /home. How do I make this work with UnionFS? [more inside]
posted by Xoder on Apr 15, 2007 - 8 answers

In a journaling file system, why are journal writes more reliable than file system writes?

In a journaling file system like ext3, a journal entry is written before each file system change, describing the change about to be carried out. This allows quick recovery if the actual file change is interrupted or not carried out due to power outage or whatever. But why is the act of writing the journal entry not susceptible to the exact same threat of being interrupted? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Apr 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Partitions, windows’ and linux, Oh My!

I’ve got a new 400gb drive heading my way, plus a free copy of Vista. What is the best way to rebuild my system, with XP, Vista sharing files etc. with maybe a little Ubuntu thrown in? There’s [more inside]
posted by nazca on Dec 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Stop OSX from creating .DS_Store

How can I set Mac OS X so that it doesn't create .DS_Store, .Trashes, and ._* files on USB drives I work with? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 23, 2006 - 9 answers

localhost diskarbitration[number]: could not create "file system unmounted" notification

I have a problem with the hard disk on my iBook. [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on Jun 27, 2006 - 5 answers

Convert FAT32 to HFS+ nondestructively?

Is it possible to convert a FAT32 disk to HFS+ in-place (i.e., with all the data intact)? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Apr 3, 2006 - 8 answers

Files that start with 'Q'

WindowsXPFilter: This has to be the strangest problem I've ever had... I can't access files that start with the letter 'Q'. [more inside]
posted by jedrek on Feb 14, 2006 - 8 answers

What filesystem can be easily shared between Linux and Macs?

Sharing hard-drives between Linux and Mac OSX (tiger). Which filesystem? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 24, 2005 - 18 answers

How can I read Mac disks on Windows?

Can I read/write a Mac OS Extended (Journaled) disk on Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jul 29, 2005 - 9 answers

Large Capacity CDs

I have a CD with some software on it. When I copy the files from that CD, the size of the files on my hard drive are far greater than the capacity of the 700mb CD it came from! [more inside]
posted by viama on Mar 30, 2005 - 13 answers

Is there publicly available actionscript which browses a hard disk from a flash page?

Browsing the hard disk from a flash webpage.
a) is it possible?
(I know it is - i've seen a component that does it. But i want the actionscript that does it)
b) help
(i just need some pointers - tutorials, actionscript snippets and so on) [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson on Dec 6, 2004 - 13 answers

I need a script to compare files in a directory to files referenced in web pages.

Can anyone recommend a program (in say perl or java or something) that will execute on my linux web server and a) slurp the file references in the pages (html, php) and b) compare them to the actual files in my web root tree giving me a list of all of the unreferenced files (not referenced on public web pages)? I want to clean up this junky file system, but I don't want to break any links and I inherited the mess. Thanks.
posted by pissfactory on Sep 13, 2004 - 5 answers

Why can't I copy my files?

Here's a hard one: why can’t I copy my files? [More griping inside] [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jun 28, 2004 - 7 answers

Windows ME to XP upgrade questions

The bell tolls for ME. Help this loser to upgrade from Windows ME to XP Pro. [4 questions inside...] [more inside]
posted by Termite on May 2, 2004 - 12 answers

recover files after XP reboot?

Windows XP rebooted, and chkdsk set many of my files to zero bytes. How do I get what was originally in those files back? [more inside]
posted by calwatch on Apr 4, 2004 - 5 answers

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