Apple HFS+ Windows Driver (Download)

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  1. Quad5Ny, May 7, 2012
    Last edited by Quad5Ny: Nov 13, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2009
    EDIT: This may not be the latest version of the Boot Camp HFS driver. Also I have not personally tested it on Windows 8 RTM.

    This is the Read-Only HFS+ driver that comes with Boot Camp 4. It can be installed on any Windows Vista, 7 or 8 machine without the need to install the Boot Camp package (and also easily removed if necessary).


    Attached Files:

  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    Thanks! What about a sticky for all bootcamp dirvers?
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2009
    I agree. We should have a sticky for the latest Boot Camp package and Windows 7 SP1 ISO's.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    Watertown, MA
    installation method?

    Can you advise on how to install it on the Windows machine?

  5. Quad5Ny, Jun 1, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012

    thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2009
    There's a text file in the Zip archive with instructions.

    How to Install Apple HFS+ Driver:
        1. Uninstall MacDrive/Paragon
        2. Copy AppleHFS.sys & AppleMNT.sys to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\
        3. Merge Add_AppleHFS.reg
        4. Restart
    How to Remove Apple HFS+ Driver:
        1. Browse to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\
        2. Rename AppleHFS.sys & AppleMNT.sys to AppleHFS.sy_ & AppleMNT.sy_
        3. Restart
        4. Browse to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\
        5. Delete AppleHFS.sy_ & AppleMNT.sy_
        6. Merge Remove_AppleHFS.reg
    Note: x86    folder is for 32-bit Windows
          x86_64 folder is for 64-bit Windows
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2009
    Thank you, worked perfect!
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
    stickey plz!
  8. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2012

    I'm curious. Maybe I'm wrong, but in Snow Leopard's version of Boot Camp, the driver for HFS+ was read-write. Did they change it to read-only for Lion?
  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2012
    Possibly corruption problems with large HD

    They may have made it read-only for safety as some linux users found that large Hard Disks e.g. 2TB could be corrupted without journalling turned off.

    Its well known that writable NTFS is risky on a Mac, heck NTFS is risky on a PC and the people at redmond ain't gonna fix that in anything less than a new major release of the OS
  10. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    NTFS is the standard file system in Windows 7 and 8. It is a very good and stable file system.
  11. macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
    I never had a ntfs partition mess up

    but i have hfs+ mess up three times on me now causesing the system to be unusable and then causing the disk ult to not work.

    Had to format my drive with a win 7 install disk
  12. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    Had my MacBook Pro since 2010 and this is the first time it has stopped working took it to Apple today and they said it will need a reformat to fix it but I need some files off it so they suggested trying HFS drivers for windows since I have no access to another Mac.

    How does this work do I just hook the Mac up to PC and with these drivers in place it treats it as a hard drive that I can explore and copy particular files over to the windows hard drive? Or do I need to copy the whole hard drive (image the drive)?
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2008
    As long as the pc has a firewire port, you can boot the mac in target mode and access it like an external HDD, yes.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    Does it need to be firewire can I use a hard drive dock and take the mac hard drive out and put it in that then attach to PC via USB?
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2008
    To do it without taking the drive out it has to be firewire, if taking the drive out then any old dock that takes laptop hdd's should work, just a standard drive after all.
  16. macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Sorry but it doesn't work on my Windows 8 :(

    I have Paragon installed before, it can read HFS+ drive on my system no problem , but it's giving me other issue which is I can't seem to shutdown the PC. So I uninstalled it and try to give this driver a go.

    Btw, I have Windows 8 64 bit, the driver still goes to system32 right?

  17. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    Worked for me on Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit. Thanks :D
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2012
    Update v4.0.2.0

    Some time ago I found the drivers thanks to this thread, and in gratitude, I would like to contribute with this update:

    Apple HFS Read Only Driver

    They are extracted from Bootcamp 5.0 for MBP 2012. Includes 32 and 64 bit version.

    The rest of the content is exactly the same as in the Quad5Ny original zip.

    Tested in Windows 8 Pro 64-bit.

    Enjoy! ;)
  19. macrumors 6502


    Nov 19, 2012
    What about a read write driver?
  20. macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Snow Leopard's version was also read only.
  21. macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2011
    Thanks! This helped a lot when i needed to read something on my external from a pc.

    Hopefully someone keeps this updated from time to time. I'm subed to this thread for the future. :D
  22. k3nny, Mar 19, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2013
    Thanks for the previous versions and registry files!


    Here is a quick update with 64-bit drivers from BootCamp 5.0.5033:
    - AppleHFS.sys
    - AppleMNT.sys

    Works fine with Windows 8.1 x64.

    Attached Files:

  23. macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2011
    Awesome! I take it these are from the 10.8.3 Bootcamp update? Does Windows 8 work?

  24. macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2013
    Didn't have any problems so far with Windows 8. I extracted them manually from this package.
  25. macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    I'm not getting this to work... not sure if I'm doing something wrong. Can I use this standalone (i.e. without installing anything else from Bootcamp)? I copied the two files from the 4.1 version from K3nny and then ran the registry updater, but I still can't view any HFS drives. Using Win 7 64-bit on a pure Windows machine.
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