folders and File names change case

Posted on 2004-11-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
When I copy some files from a pc to a clip drive the file names or fine on the pc but as soon as I open the clip drive on the mac the folder and some of the file names are convert into capitalized letters.

How can I prevent this from happening?

Thank you.

Max OS X 10.3.2
Question by:SolangeRichard
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    Accepted Solution

    What exactly do you mean by clip drive? Do you mean one that plugs in via USB?

    If so, check what the format of the drive is. If it's something like FAT (a basic PC format) then it doesn't support different cases. If you can, reformat the drive as FAT32.

    If this isn't possible, then that chances are you won't be able to preserve the file name cases. The last alternative would be to format the clip drive in a Macintosh format (HFS+ for example which is the default) and install MacDrive on the PC because without this useful bit of software you won't be able to read the Mac partition on the PC:

    Author Comment

    Yes, I was speaking of a usb flash drive you are right. But the problem is not only with this. If I try FTP , or a disquette, or even a zip file , or anything to transfer the files it will convert the  folder names to Caps as well as the file names if the filename is only small letters.

    For now, I did the renaming manually at it's quite anoying.


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