Case Sensitive Switch Questions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheBearman, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. TheBearman macrumors 6502

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    #1
    So, I just received my iMac and after playing with it for a few weeks I find that I don't like the fact that it was shipped with a case insensitive install. I was hoping I could simple run some command to convert, but there doesn't appear to be any "easy" way to do this.

    I assume I can simply reinstall and as part of the install format the drive case sensitive.

    My questions are as follows:
    1) Is a reformat/reinstall my only option (not a problem but I though I would ask)

    2) I don't expect Mac OSX to have a problem running in this environment but if someone is aware of any restrictions I would love to hear it.

    3) Would this have any effect on my plans to install Windows 7 via bootcamp? (once it's supported that is)
     
  2. thederby macrumors regular

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    iirc, case-sensitivity on the boot volume is unsupported (and may cause issues with certain applications).
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I've not heard any issues on switching over to case sensitivity. I'd recommend googling it and/or trying it.

    Personally, since OSX is built on unix which is case sensitive, I can't imagine it being a problem but stranger things have occurred,

    Edit, I just googled and saw this macosxhints article. While admittedly its 4 years old, keep it in mind though
    mac osxhints

    It appears one the comments mentioned the inability to change the boot drive to case sensitive, as you get a gray screen when you reboot. Again its 4 years ago, but it is something to keep in mind.
     
  4. TheBearman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well this is a little disappointing. I guess I assumed that OSX being built on a UNIX foundation would be able to run/install case sensitive.

    I guess I can see their reasons for this as the average user is not accustom to this behavior. No big deal, I'll deal with it. Thanks for the responses.
     

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