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reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:44 am

Other than MacDrive, does anyone know a way access (read-only is fine) an external drive formatted on a Mac in Windows?
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:44 pm

No clues/suggestions?
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:33 pm

I guess it depends on what you think is helpful and if it's something you want to throw money at. MacDrive looks like it's a pretty decent program to me. If I actually had a need for it I'd probably buy it unless there were something free but that's what I have a LAN for. :P
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:34 pm

Taddeusz wrote:I guess it depends on what you think is helpful and if it's something you want to throw money at. MacDrive looks like it's a pretty decent program to me. If I actually had a need for it I'd probably buy it unless there were something free but that's what I have a LAN for. :P

Did you not read my initial post?
Usacomp2k3 wrote:Other than MacDrive...
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:39 pm

Oh, yea sorry, I suppose I didn't see that. I did notice a post on one of those pages that mentioned that there is no free HFS+ reader for Windows. So you may be out of luck.
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:49 pm

Taddeusz wrote:Ok, how about this:

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

Awesome. I installed it and it looks like it will do exactly what I want. Thanks a bunch :D
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:09 am

Well it didn't work since windows won't see it due to lack of MBR.
So I was able to copy the stuff off the external drive to a spare mac laptop we have here at work. But how to get it off of that. There is a 10gb file on there, so fat32 is out of the question. I can't connect to a share on my office computer for some unknown reason (and why is it so dang difficult to use the network in OSX. How frustrating) I was finally able to get it to connect to a share on one of our test servers and am copying it to that and then I'll copy it down to my desktop computer and then I'll reformat the external drive NTFS and tell her not to use a Mac again. Sheesh.
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:26 am

Newer Linux kernels supposedly support read access to HFS+ volumes. Maybe you could run a copy of Linux in a virtual machine to read it?

(Yeah, I agree this solution is a pretty major kludge...)
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:28 am

just brew it! wrote:Newer Linux kernels supposedly support read access to HFS+ volumes. Maybe you could run a copy of Linux in a virtual machine to read it?

(Yeah, I agree this solution is a pretty major kludge...)

But the VM still won't read it if windows won't initialize it. Booting to a liveCD would make more sense...speaking of which, let me try that real quick. I am at work right now with lots of spare computers I can throw a ubuntu cd in. Ah, newer. We'll see if 7.10 works.
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:34 am

You shouldn't have any problems copying the files from the Mac to the PC. Just create a share on your PC and plug your Mac into the network. You can then navigate to the share on the Mac and copy the files to the PC.

The trick is to use the Mac to copy to the PC, not the PC to copy from the Mac.
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:36 am

dragmor wrote:You shouldn't have any problems copying the files from the Mac to the PC. Just create a share on your PC and plug your Mac into the network. You can then navigate to the share on the Mac and copy the files to the PC.

The trick is to use the Mac to copy to the PC, not the PC to copy from the Mac.

It didn't work. It kept giving a permission error even though I used my domain admin login, and also made the share open to users/guest/anonymous/anyone. That has always worked for me from a PC.
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:57 am

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
just brew it! wrote:Newer Linux kernels supposedly support read access to HFS+ volumes. Maybe you could run a copy of Linux in a virtual machine to read it?

(Yeah, I agree this solution is a pretty major kludge...)

But the VM still won't read it if windows won't initialize it. Booting to a liveCD would make more sense...speaking of which, let me try that real quick. I am at work right now with lots of spare computers I can throw a ubuntu cd in. Ah, newer. We'll see if 7.10 works.

Set up the VM such that the USB device is accessed directly.
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:01 am

just brew it! wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
just brew it! wrote:Newer Linux kernels supposedly support read access to HFS+ volumes. Maybe you could run a copy of Linux in a virtual machine to read it?

(Yeah, I agree this solution is a pretty major kludge...)

But the VM still won't read it if windows won't initialize it. Booting to a liveCD would make more sense...speaking of which, let me try that real quick. I am at work right now with lots of spare computers I can throw a ubuntu cd in. Ah, newer. We'll see if 7.10 works.

Set up the VM such that the USB device is accessed directly.

I'll have to try that at some point. I'm a little tired right now and it finished copying over the network, so I'm just going to reformat the drive and call it a night.
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:15 am

Well it finally finished transfering. Lets hope I don't have to do that again :P
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Re: reading HFS+ in windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:57 am

if you do, you know what to do. :p
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