If AutoCAD for Mac doesn’t start at all

If AutoCAD for Mac doesn’t start at all on your Mac, even if your computer meets all system requirements and you have already set default language in System Preferences to English… It’s time to check the format of a hard disk partition on which you installed AutoCAD. According to a new article “2011: AutoCAD for Mac won’t run on hard drive with “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)” format” in the AutoCAD for Mac Knowledge Base: “The only file system format on which AutoCAD for Mac can be run is “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”.

Unfortunately, to fix the situation you need to reformat the hard drive as “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and then reinstall Mac OS X and AutoCAD 2011 for Mac.

I managed to find a description of an alternative, but I can not recommend it to you with 100% certainty, since I did not check it myself. Here is the link: Removing a MAC OS Extended Journaled case sensitive (HFS+ Journaled case-sensitive) filesystem without destroying your data.

EDIT: Another solution (though not free), try using iPartition from Coriolis Systems Limited. The features list of this utility states that iPartition “can even convert case-sensitive HFS+ to normal HFS+ and vice-versa, a real boon if you’ve made the wrong choice in the past”.

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