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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintHere is a solid, free solution to reading HFS+ formatted discs in Windows OS using only the Snow Leopard install disc. The nice thing is that the Windows install doesn't have to be 'real' Boot Camp.

Inside Windows:
  • Load up the Snow Leopard disk.
  • Ignore Autoplay.
  • Navigate to Boot Camp » Drivers » Apple » Bootcamp.msi.
    (Note: please choose Bootcamp64.msi if you're running 64 bit Windows).
  • Follow the installer instructions.
  • Restart.
  • Using Start » Run » msconfig, disable 'Boot Camp' from running at start up.
  • Restart again.
You should now see your HFS+ partitions of external or internal drives. Tested on a Windows 7 laptop (non Boot Camp).

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 15, '10 08:14:36AM

So just to be sure, this isn't technically "free," since you need to own a Snow Leopard install disk, something that not all Windows users will have, unless Apple still has Boot Camp as a free download somewhere these days.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: crarko on Nov 15, '10 08:58:41AM

Ha; good point! Hopefully most of the readers here will qualify.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 15, '10 09:58:04AM

Maybe. I imagine that many Windows users could end up here via a Google search on the subject.



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Free as in beer, free as in speech...
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 15, '10 10:28:15AM

I presume you're talking about cost...

See, it wouldn't be "free" in another sense either -- the Apple-proprietary software on the OS install media is covered by the same EULA that casts Hackintoshes in a bad light. I could be wrong -- if the Microsoft Installer package installs without prompting the user for any kind of agreement, then strictly speaking, the ball's in Apple's court again, and you really are free to use this on non-Apple hardware.

Until it's established that this truly is free of licensing restrictions (and there's nothing mentioned in the body of the hint to suggest that any attempt has been made) then it's highly likely you're not allowed to use this software on non-Apple hardware.



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Free as in beer, free as in speech...
Authored by: david-bo on Nov 15, '10 11:49:47AM

In the world outside USA (e.g., EU), EULA:s are generally not considered valid contracts. Hence this hint is legal in big parts of the world.

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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: jeffbyrnes on Nov 15, '10 10:32:35AM
Boot Camp is, in fact, available to download for free; the two "updates" to 3.1 found at Apple Support Downloads (http://support.apple.com/downloads/#bootcamp) are actually full installs; I've used them myself on new installs (one of the ways to get Win7 working on an unsupported system, like my 2006 Mac Pro.)
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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: kaz219 on Nov 16, '10 01:48:15AM

Well Apple must have modified it, they are now updates. I just tried it, and it asked for Boot Camp 3.0.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: negritude on Nov 16, '10 02:03:58AM

Boot Camp 2.1 is downloadable and is a full and upgrade install in one, but 3.0 is only available on the Snow Leopard DVD, and it needs to be installed before the 3.1 update will work.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: rodneyweston on Nov 16, '10 02:42:45AM

Yes... but no ordinary Windows user would want to read HFS+ disks would they. The only people who want this, are those who run OS X anyway....



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 18, '10 10:47:36AM

Or a publisher, or a print shop, or a CD mastering service, or DVD mastering service... in fact, any business with a need to read files held on HFS+ formatted removeable storage could benefit from following this and not buying a Mac.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: msbc on Nov 15, '10 06:29:42PM

I tried this on a Windows 7 64-bit laptop. Executed the BootCamp64.msi as instructed and got the message:
The installation requires elevated privileges. Launch the installer through setup.exe.

Ran this from my Admin account.

Any ideas?

Mark



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: jpalm1977 on Nov 16, '10 09:10:00AM

Howdy, Mark...

Try right-clicking on the 'Bootcamp.msi' file and select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu and you should be ready to rock :-)

j.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: digitol on Nov 16, '10 12:39:25AM

Rather brilliant tip! Very clever. I rather like this hint, albeit I don't do windoze! :P



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: rikkles on Nov 26, '10 12:52:39AM

Is this read-only, or read-write?
For read-only, there's another option as well, the free and very small HFSExplorer, albeit it requires Java and only allows you to browse and copy from HFS+ disks.

If this is read-write, it's awesome.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: slohandave on Nov 27, '10 02:06:32PM

Wonderful hint, but there does seem to be two small hitches.

1) Drives partitioned with APM (Apple Partition Map) don't work, GUID drives are fine, at least on a win7 machine.

2) it seems to be read only for me.



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10.6: Free native read of HFS+ disks in Windows
Authored by: firstlyidliketot on Dec 02, '11 11:26:01AM

Your idea was great, so thanks. wow! saved me a lot of cycles of pain and drain ..

Also I wonder if I can actually use the disk on my laptop for adding files to the seagate without transferriung data/reformatting after seeing files using bootcamp. If it does not work right away, any idea what does



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Doesn't work on AMD
Authored by: schwern on Feb 07, '12 01:39:23PM
Just wanted to note that this trick doesn't work with an AMD based processor.
This version of Boot Camp is not intended for this computer model
In hindsight, that makes sense. Apple only uses Intel, they wouldn't bother with an AMD version.

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