Can Windows read my Mac hard disk?

A few posts ago I decided to format a 120Gb IDE drive with HPFS+ and attach it to a USB enclosure so my Macmini could serve me better. A lot of docs, music and work files are now safely stored there.

I’m out of the linux world for the 2 last months. I deleted my linux partitions on my PC,  since I needed the space for some huge work files, and those have to be manipulated from windows programs.

I have a home network to share files between PC and Mac. It works like a charm, but sometimes it is not fast enough for my needs.  I needed to transfer 14 Gb of files from my Mac to my PC and over the network it was taking too much time. It would be so good if Windows could recognize my HPFS+ Partition and read and write it!

Good news is that there’s a nice set of windows program that does just that!  I can cite here Transmac, MacDisk and MacDrive.

MacDrive is my personal choice. It integrates gently with Windows and is smart enough to create a “real” mac hard drive on My Computer. You can forget that you are working with files that came from another OS, partition, etc… For the user it is like another PC hard disk, and it IS fast.

Give a look to all three, but I bet you will choose Macdrive if you need a “permanent” solution. And it is cheaper than the competitors!

Published in: on 11/02/2006 at 8:57 am  Comments (32)  

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  1. very good thanks

  2. thanks. just what I needed.




  5. Thank You !!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. really nice site, simple

  7. Now that’s what i call a good answer! Thanks!

  8. cheers mate.

  9. U ROCK…

  10. Try this for windows

    you can see all HFS- (Mac) Formated partitions using windows!
    And this for Mac

    you can unlock all the NTFS partitions (windows) to be able to modify them on any mac OS.
    so if u install these two for mac and pc, then u’ll be able to use the same hard drive (whatever format it has) on either pc or mac!


  11. This is fantastic, I have a PC and a MAC laptop and I’m always using my MAC laptop when I’m on the go and am forever sending work over my slow network. Thanks for this help.

  12. So one way or another we have to pay for this! Any idea for a free solution of the problem?!?

    • format you hdd to a fat32 on the mac then the pc and mac will see both of them im running w7 and a hackintosh on to difrent hdd but my usb and 3ed hdd are in fat32 where both can look at each one

  13. This is a free solution!


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