FatX Renamer Update

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It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve updated FatX Renamer, a tool you can use to rename files so that they are compatible with your modded XBox. After a bit of feedback, I’ve made the following tiny adjustments:

  • Added code to remove most accented characters e.g. Gr??en becomes Grusen (ugly but effective)
  • Directory tree is now multithreaded, so drive and folders are populated in the background.
  • More robust (albeit slower) way of retrieving drive information (removed reliance on old-school sccrun.dll)

So there you have it. Nothing major, and all the usual caveats about running at your own risk apply. I take no responsibility if this software causes your computer to let the magic smoke out.

FatX Renamer

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screenshotDownload latest version here. Read on for more details.
I’ve updated this application. Details are here, but the download link above will get the latest version.

After modding my XBox, I discovered a reasonably annoying fact: the filesystem on the XBox (known as FAT-X), has different requirements for filenames than does FAT32 or NTFS. FAT-X only likes filenames shorter than 42 characters, and doesn’t like many punctuation characters.

I hunted around for a bit, and found a few tools that would do the renaming job, but they all seemed to lack the ability to rename directories. So, being the code monkey that I am, I’ve whipped up a little app in C# that does the job for me, and for you too if you’d like.

Bear in mind that it’s a wee bit ‘beta’ at the moment, and that the changes to filenames are not reversible. Still, if you’re using it (like I am) to rename MP3 files, there names of those files are not too relevant, because XBox apps like XBMC read the ID3 tags anyway. A couple of other points if you’re going to use it:

  • There aren’t a whole heap of options. Filenames are simply truncated from the right, and the original extension is re-added. I’ll add more options in another release.
  • You can review changes before they are made, and manually overwrite the proposed filename.
  • Sometimes the renaming will fail, usually because a directory is renamed, meaning that files within that directory can’t be accessed using the original directory name. I’m going to fix this in a future release (by renaming directories last), but you can just re-scan the directory to rename the files again.

You can download it here. If you have any problems, questions or comments, you can leave a comment here, or email me.