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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows Apps
The problem is that when using Boot Camp and booted into OS X, you can't write to your Vista partition -- it is read only. When you are booted into Vista, you can't read or write from the HFS+ volume you have all your files on. So frustrating -- I was copying things to the server, my USB drive, etc., just to get things on to the PC partition.

The easy solution, for half the problem at least? Buy MacDrive 7 for $50 and install on Vista. Now you can read and write your HFS+ volume! I even played back movie files, and it worked fine.

[robg adds: We've only mentioned MacDrive here in one previous tip on an unrelated subject. For write access to Vista from OS X, you could try using MacFUSE as described in this hint to make NTFS volumes writable. If you know of other cross-OS access methods, please post in the comments -- in particular, I'm not aware of a free solution on the Windows/Vista side...]
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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: menace690 on May 04, '07 08:44:26AM
I have no way of testing this at the moment, but this looks like a free utility to read HFS+ on Windows.

HFSExplorer
http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/index2.html

It doesn't seem to be as plug and play as Mac Drive, but free is free.

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HFSExplorer
Authored by: tatilsever on Jun 14, '07 12:07:56AM

I just tried it. It works almost perfectly with my USB harddisk with 2 HFS+ partitions along with an NTFS and FAT32 ones. It enable me to have read access to the HFS+ partitions very easily from an old Windows XP laptop. A few of the folders looked empty through its viewer, but if I select the folder and hit "extract" button, it copied over the contents successfully.

Thanks for the link...



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: ddauerbach on May 04, '07 09:42:39AM

Does anyone know if there's an easy way to setup DOS using Parallels, so that file sharing across the DOS/MAC divide is possible.



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: g3ski on May 04, '07 10:10:41AM

What about creating a FAT/32 partition as a shared folder?

Not the same as full access to each partition, but better than USB drives and file servers.

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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: talkrhubarb on May 04, '07 11:46:28AM

Watch out for file size limits on FAT32. A 4Gb file size might not seem like it's a problem, but if you're using the drive to backup your system to a sparse disk image, it's very easy to get into trouble. I've been using Macdrive on an XP machine for a few months now and I must say it performs very well. I don't like the way it advertises itself every time you start up. And it's hard to disable if your trial expires and you don't want to buy it. I prefer my system utilities to quietly do their stuff in the background without bothering me unless I want to use them, but they are small niggles for what is a very solid, well put together app. I think it's well worth the $50.



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: talkrhubarb on May 04, '07 11:46:28AM

Watch out for file size limits on FAT32. A 4Gb file size might not seem like it's a problem, but if you're using the drive to backup your system to a sparse disk image, it's very easy to get into trouble. I've been using Macdrive on an XP machine for a few months now and I must say it performs very well. I don't like the way it advertises itself every time you start up. And it's hard to disable if your trial expires and you don't want to buy it. I prefer my system utilities to quietly do their stuff in the background without bothering me unless I want to use them, but they are small niggles for what is a very solid, well put together app. I think it's well worth the $50.



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: Angostura on May 04, '07 12:04:18PM

Excellent! I've been looking for a way to let my malware infested Windows installation write all over the HFS partition, and now I have it!



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: paulsomm on May 07, '07 07:54:41AM

Or, enable Windows file sharing in OSX and then, under Vista, map a drive letter to your OS X user folder.



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: lstewart on May 07, '07 04:02:49PM

The solution is talking about Boot Camp, and I think perhaps you're talking about Parallels? If you're booted into Vista under Boot Camp, Mac OS X is not running at all and so sharing won't have any effect.



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: Fairly on May 11, '07 05:07:30PM

I'm sort of happy if Windows can't touch OS X. The other way around is cool. But I am not sure I'd put software on my box that made my Mac drives accessible from Windows. Somehow if I can do that then other unwelcome unknown visitors can too. I don't like that.



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Access HFS+ volumes in Vista and Windows
Authored by: SanMan on Sep 19, '07 09:45:13PM

"I'm sort of happy if Windows can't touch OS X."

Grrrrrrr! Well thank god it CAN.

I'm facing 1.5TB of video I have to pull from this <beep> ugly <beep> <beep> ass <beep> white <beep> box called a "mac" and *gasp* of course I can't get the OSX-compatible hardware to do the job in the required time frame. (yesterday)

And thanks for the lead...MacDrive just saved us.



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