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How to read Mac disks on Windows PCs

Disks, USB keys and other external media initialized in Mac OS extended format (HFS or HFS +) work at their best on macOS systems, but on different operating systems (such as Windows), they will be inaccessible. If you have a portable hard drive formatted on Mac and you want to read it also on Windows computers, not something impossible. If you continue reading, you will see that there are various methods to "force" the reading of these supports even on non-Apple machines. Read on to find out how to read Macs on PC.

How to read Mac disks on PC: HFS and HFS +

read Mac disks on PC

There are various possibilities for having an external HFS formatted disk read on a Windows PC. There are, in fact, several utilities, both free and paid, which make it possible to make HFS disks readable on Windows, allowing, in this way, to be able to work safely with the files contained in Mac disks. Below, I'll show you the best currently in circulation.

Paragon HFS + for Windows

HFS + for Windows a Utility for Windows 7 and later that allows you to read the initialized disks as HFS + on your PC. The driver installs very easily and allows you to read and write partitions, disks, CDs, DVDs and other media initialized as HFS +.

HFS + disks will be fully accessible in My Computer or from the Windows Disk Management console, without having to install additional tools.

HFS + for Windows works with Windows 7 and following and sold for ? 19.95. You can also download a demo version on the developer's website, which can be used for 10 days.

Mediafour MacDrive

Also this application, called Mediafour MacDrive, allows access to Mac disks formatted HFS or HFS + from Windows PC.

The standard version of the program costs $ 49.99. In addition to the standard version, there is also a Pro version that includes support for reading / writing Apple RAID disks, as well as improvements that allow better read / write performance. The RAID feature allows you to access the RAID sets of Mac disks prepared with Disk Utility and supports striped, mirrored or six concatenated disks. In Windows XP, however, no larger than 2TB RAID disks can be mounted due to inherent limitations in the operating system; no problem with Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Both the Standard and Pro versions of Mediafour MacDrive can be downloaded from the developer's website in a trial version, usable for 5 days.

HFS Explorer for Windows

If the two solutions I showed you before seem too expensive, then the solution that's right for you will surely beHFS Explorer. This is a utility Free– also compatible with Windows 10 – which allows access to media that have been initialized such as HFS (Mac OS Standard), HFS + (Mac OS Extended) and HFSX (Mac OS Extended with upper and lower case differences).

It looks like a file manager from which to browse and extract files (copy them to a different disk), view information, including details on image files in dmg / sparsebundle format. For installation required Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) version 5.0 or later. You can download the application by clicking on this link.

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