You will most likely see something very similar to this. Click up one level on the actual drive, then click the
Partition button at the top of the window. You’ll see something like this.
Now, you can select the size for your new drive. I’m choosing 20GB - I don’t work with many large files - and this is only for files, not for your VM’s or docker containers (they honor the host filesystem and contain their own, but don’t require the container to be on case-sensitive).
Give it a name, and then choose the case-sensitive, journaled type.
Then, you’ll need to confirm this.
During the next process, it’ll actually do the conversion. This may take a little while. Don’t freak out if it seems like the computer freezes up - or if you see the beachball appear a lot. In fact, mine did it a few times. But in the mean time, I could see progress like “Checking Catalog, Checking multi-linked files, checking catalog hierarchy”
Finally, you’re done.
Notice how you can now see the new drive on the left hand side?
And it’s now in the Computer view as well.
Similar to the last entry, you might want to set up a few things to make this easier to work with.
First of all, your new drive is located in the Volumes mount point - so if you named yours like mine, you can find your new files at
To make this easier, you might want to drag this drive into a favorites position on your finder. You might also want to make a symbolic link like maybe this:
ln -s /Volumes/Projects ~/Sites
This will put a link in your home directory for your projects.
And that’s it - now you have a case-sensitive partition on your normal drive. But remember, if you don’t have enough space in your drive for something like this, you can still do it on a SD card, like I did here.
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