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Access HFS+ discs in Windows via a free application Apps
While I was booted into Windows XP via Boot Camp on my Intel Mac, I was frustrated by the inability to access the files on my Mac's HFS+ hard drive. So I wrote HFSExplorer, a free application for extracting files from an HFS+ volume (Mac OS Extended) located either on a physical disk, on a .dmg disk image, or in a raw file. Beyond Boot Camp users, other possible users include:
  • Owners of HFS+ formatted iPods that wish to access their content from within Windows or elsewhere (a user emailed me and verified that this works).
  • Users of PearPC or similar Mac emulation/virtualization software that wish to access the contents of their virtual hard disks (will only work if the disk image is stored in raw format, as in PearPC).
  • People that need to access the contents of HFS+ formatted .dmg files (conversion is no longer needed).
The program is written mostly in Java 1.5, with Windows-specific parts written in C in order to be able to get raw access to block devices, which seemed impossible with the standard API, and to create a practical launcher application. The program is released under the GPL (download source [312KB]), and full installation and usage instructions can be found on the above-linked page.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, but it seems like a simpler and cheaper solution (albeit not as fully featured) than MacDrive.]
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Access HFS+ discs in Windows via a free application
Authored by: n8gray on Sep 12, '07 12:02:49PM

Awesome! I'm really pleased to see this, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. However, it would *really* be nice to have this at the IFS level so the integration would be seamless. I suspect that's a tougher project, though.



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Access HFS+ discs in Windows via a free application
Authored by: Sven G on Sep 12, '07 11:42:26PM
Yes, something like this:

http://www.fs-driver.org

... (and others) would be really cool, for HFS+ support as an IFS under Windows.

Great work, anyway! :-)



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Name confusion with HFVExplorer
Authored by: C14ru5 on Sep 13, '07 06:54:34AM

At first I thought "But hasn't this application been out there for more than five years as a companion to Basilisk II?"

...then I did some quick research, and it turns out that the old app's name was HFVExplorer. I wonder if they share any similarity in code and not just in the name?



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Access HFS+ discs in Windows via a free application
Authored by: vikont on Sep 14, '07 10:50:56PM
You can use Handy Recovery to browse the content of your HFS+ drive including deleted files :)

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Access HFS+ discs in Windows via a free application
Authored by: rocteur on Jul 08, '08 01:35:18AM

I tried this with my iPod 80GB classic and it certainly did not see my iPod.

If anyone actually gets this working with an iPod then please say so or remove the line from the story that someone mailed to say that it works

Jerry



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