Accessing mac formatted external HD from windows pc

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by cool11, Oct 8, 2016.

  1. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    I want to be able to see my mac's external hard disk, in windows 10 pc.
    My ext HD has two partitions.

    I used macdrive application in the past, and it was a long ago but I remember I could see this drive to pc. But no more.
    I use version 9.3.xxx in pc, and though I get no error from macdrive, I cant see mac drives in windows explorer.

    Windows/pc understand that a drive is connected, as I can see it somehow in the taskbar, as a plugged-in drive. But it is not visible anywhere else. All I can do is just 'safely remove' it!

    Can you help me finding a path to be able to access my mac disk from windows pc?
     
  2. Tarek macrumors 6502

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    I don't think you can "access" it and view the files on Windows, but the HDD itself should be visible under disk management.

    Also take a look here, maybe one of the suggestions can help you.
     
  3. hwojtek macrumors 65816

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    Transmac on Windows. Windows Disk Management is pretty much useless in this scenario and will do exactly nothing.
     
  4. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    I use Macdrive v10 and I can read and write to the disk. As a matter of fact I've had since version 8 I think, and I was always able to R/W to my MacOS journaled drives.
     
  5. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Though I knew only about macdrive, and I think macdrive is a more mature product,
    thank you for letting me know about transmac.
    I tried it, it really works, even a little bit slow, and with less system integration than macdrive, but at least it seems to work, it is a solution for sure, even I want to continue the discussion for better alternatives. Disappointment also as it cannot open an encrypted dmg.
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    Version 9.3 does not seem to work in windows 10, at least in my pc. Anybody know something related about this?
     
  6. doynton macrumors 6502

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    The free paragon driver works fine for me.

    They say it is for Windows 8 but it works fine for me and always has since the first preview of Windows 10.

    Unlike the Apple HFS driver which gives you a BSOD if you try to make a restore point.
     
  7. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    I have version 10.1.1.1. So maybe you need to update to get it working again.
     
  8. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Free paragon driver for windows?
    First time I hear about it.
    Do you have a link?
     
  9. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Bootcamp drivers for read-only access.
    Paragon HFS for read/write access.

    If this isn't a system/application drive and it's just a drive for content like documents and media, you can format the external drive as exFAT to have native read/write support from both Windows and OS X with no third party software needed.

    However, exFAT is not a journaled file system, so the possibility of corruption or data loss is higher than with NTFS or HFS.
     

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