Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 12:53 PM (in response to storme)
You cannot reformat or repartition a drive without losing all the data unless you first make a backup on another hard drive.
Backing up data to an external drive is the first step in making space. The second is to delete the files you've backed up.
In any event you do not want to have a drive formatted as case-sensitive, but to change the format will require you to repartition and reformat the drive (Mac OS Extended, Journaled.)
Why don't you take it all back to the store and let them put everything straight for you since your new backup drive is still in warranty.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 1:22 PM (in response to Kappy)
Hey, thanks for your answer!
I don't know if i still even have the receipt for it, and i bought it at the beginning of the year, so not sure how long it's covered for.
Can you please advise HOW i back up this case sensitive drive onto ANOTHER drive before formating/erasing content?
It seems if i can only move it to another case-sensitive drive, then that's going to be the same problem as now?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 1:30 PM (in response to storme)
You will need another drive large enough to hold all the data. Be sure this new drive is NOT formatted as case-sensitive. Then just copy the files to the new drive. Once that's done you will have to repartition and reformat the old drive so it is no longer case-sensitive, then you can copy the data back from the other drive.
Note that Disk Utility does not format a drive case-sensitive by default. You have to specifically select Case-Sensitive. So if you stick to the defaults this should not be a future problem.
I don't know why the Apple genius configured the drive that way unless the drive is a network device that requires it (usually because it uses a non-Apple operating system) or the genius wasn't much of a genius.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 1:48 PM (in response to Kappy)
Thank you so much!
So one last thing (i hope!)...
So it IS possible to just drag from the Case Sensitive HD1 to a regular Journaled WD hard drive - i.e my HD4 which i have not used yet?
It's litterally just dragging over to it?
If that's the case then YES! Thank you! I don't think i will even bother reformatting the Buffalo HD1 as HD4 journaled can act as HD1 and then i should be able to just back up itunes directly to HD2 as they're both WD Journaled HD's.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 2:01 PM (in response to storme)
I don't see that as problematic since you are copying to an empty drive and not trying to overwrite files with the same name but different case. You will only have problems with, say, a file on one spelled "CaseSenstiveFile.Doc" and on the other spelled as "casesensitvefile.doc" because the Case-Sensitive filesystem treats these as two different files. If you are using backup software to backup one to the other, then that's when you might run into problems. OS X in general has problems dealing with case-sensitive filesystems which is one reason it's not recommended.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 2:17 PM (in response to Kappy)
Thank you so much.
I just tried it ... but it's still saying the same thing
I checked in Disk Utility. HD4 says Journaled. HD1 says case sensitive, journaled.
Tried dragging files over to it, but still comes up wrong case etc...
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 2:29 PM (in response to storme)
I think I have a solution for you. Download Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.5. According to what I have found CCC will copy files from case-sensitive to case-insensitive volumes.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 5:08 PM (in response to Kappy)
I downloaded CCC. The same thing comes up! It says HD1 is case sensitive and My Passport (HD2) is not and they conflict. It gives me the option to continue anyway, but says that files won't work.
I guess i'm doomed.
It seems there is NO way to back up my itunes from my back up (HD1). Or anyway to just get all my data off HD1 and move it to somewhere that works properly.
Thanks so much for your help though Kappy. Appreciate you taking the time.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to storme)
I wouldn't yet give up. Visit www.bombich.com where CCC comes from. You can ask Mike Bombich or another helper how you might use CCC in this situation.
Supposedly if you "clone" the drive such that it uses block copy, they it may work. Possibly the case with Disk Utility. But to use block copy with DU the destination drive must be the same capacity or larger than the source drive.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 5:39 PM (in response to storme)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 5:46 PM (in response to Kappy)
Kappy - i think it's working.
I tried to copy over the back ups and i see on the site it seems quite complicated for TM back ups. There is a block-level copy - but that sounds a bit scary to me because all the information and instructions are way over my head...
So i just tried to move another folder over through CCC and that's worked perfectly. So now i'm currently copying the itunes... hopefully that will be ok! Fingers crossed
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 5:49 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
thanks for these links. I read those all already today and i really don't understand all this terminal stuff, or all the ackronyms so i'm not sure how to do any of that
i think CCC is working - but i just can't move the old backups, but it's no big deal. My newer passport has backups on too including one today so if i have to say good bye to the first two backups i think that's fine.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2013 1:31 PM (in response to Kappy)
Just wondering if you had any advice for my situation . . .
My time machine backup was backing up to a drive that was "Mac OS X Enteded Journaled, Case Sensitive." I had no idea what this meant, or that it would even cause issues.
I took my computer to the Apple store yesterday, and they wiped it clean. When they tried to restore it from the Time Machine backup drive, it would not work. Their guess is that Time Machine cannot restore from a drive that is "case sensitive."
Any thoughts on how I can convert my time machine backup data from a "case sensitive" state, to a "non-case sensitive" state? I've tried to just drag and drop the files from the case sensitive formatted drive to a new drive that I have that is formatted non case sensitive, but I get the following error message:
"The volume has the wrong case sensitivity for a backup"
I just really want my data back - I thought TimeMachine was the way to go (and was supposed to work) but unfortunately it is not.
Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.