Macbook Pro would not recognize files with apostrophe

Dec 8, 2014
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I'm new mac guy and I have a pretty decent music library on an external drive.

The problem I have is not only with music files, but with any file that has an apostrophe in it's name. The mac would not recognise the file at all, it's invisible.

What I did was connect the external drive to a windows computer and deleted the character which had the apostrophe.

Then I went back to the mac and the files appeared under mac OS. Not sure what's going on here, but I sure don't feel like deleting character for over 1000 file names.

Any help will be appreciated.
Feb 4, 2014
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Great Britain
Your Mac's Specs
MBP17 8GB/1.9TB 2xSSDs Sierra • MBA11 4/128GB • TC 2TB • TV3 • iPh6 128GB • iPadPro12
The problem is somewhere else - half of the files in my iTunes library have apostrophe in them, and OS X is perfectly happy with that:


Nor is there any problem displaying / recognising files with apostrophe in the file name.
In fact the default name, suggested by OS X for user library is Name's Library (as in first Name).

For experiment sake, I just tried to add a number of obscure characters to the above screenshot file name and, again, OS X has no problem displaying it:


Perhaps with a bit more information on your system, etc someone can suggest a solution...
How is your media drive is formatted?
Have you tried to create a file on your MBP with apostrophe in it?​

There's no leading dot (full stop) at the beginning of the file name(s) in question, right? That's how OS X defines a hidden / system files, but you can enable their viewing by pressing ⇧ ⌘ . (full stop), not that I think it's a good idea at this stage ;D

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