PC files on Mac have the wrong case

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cloudgazer, May 9, 2005.

  1. Cloudgazer macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2005
    I've recently swtiched from PC to Mac.
    I copied all my websites onto a CD and put it in my Mac.

    Why does the Mac randomly make some files uppercase?
    This happens with folders, htm files and images.
    its pretty irritaing cause now i have to go through each site with a fine tooth comb to make sure everything still works.

    any suggestions?
  2. ClarkeB macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2005
    'doze does it too...when I hook my iPod shuffle into one of those stupid things it not only doesn't show the whole name (cPod shuffle), but it has it as CPOD SHU
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Strange.. I've never heard of a Mac randomly changing the case on filenames. I don't know if it has any baring, but HFS+ is not a case sensitive format. You might want to use something like "A Better Finder Renamer" to try and make all the file names lowercase.
  4. Cloudgazer thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2005
    Well, I don't know if its random exactly.
    But there seems to be no reason for it, but my Mac will change index.htm into INDEX.HTM, or it will rename my images folder IMAGES.
    and in the case of ... um.. case sensitive browsers this is disasterous.

    Oh well, at least i only have to migrate my data once...
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Plenty of shell scripts on Goooooogle to help you with mass renaming.

    I think the case problem has to do with how you burned your CD? What format did you choose?
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Are any of the all uppercase names longer than 8x3? I think the reason may be because of the way Windows implements long filenames -- by default, I thought any short filename doesn't have case (it's all uppers, like in older versions of DOS before long filenames) unless you give it uppercase characters besides the first one (nothing special is done for Index.htm -- it's really INDEX.HTM, but I think if you name it iNdEx.HtM, that might be different, and you also might be a h@XX0r :p).

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