APFS driver for Bootcamp

yabba235

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Dec 16, 2014
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H !
I don't know is right thematic forum, but I have a question:

is Apple planning add in bootcamp driver pack driver to read apfs disk ?

Because now startup partition with High Sierra is unavaliable from Windows installed via Bootcamp :(
 
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grahamperrin

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Certainly, the first release of High Sierra will not include Boot Camp Windows support for APFS.

Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra - Apple Support – no mention of when it might be supported.

Re: https://forums.macrumors.com//posts/25046454 and thereabouts, I assume that Apple will, for an extended period, focus solely on its own operating systems' support for APFS.

A third party developer might step in with a commercial product for Windows, but I don't imagine that happening any time soon.

APFS aside, for a moment … for FileVault 2 there's libyal/libfvde: Library and tools to access FileVault Drive Encryption (FVDE) encrypted volumes:
Back to APFS. There's cugu/apfs.ksy: APFS filesystem format for Kaitai Struct but I don't foresee that leading to a product for Windows in the near future.
 
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imacken

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Feb 28, 2010
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H !
I don't know is right thematic forum, but I have a question:

is Apple planning add in bootcamp driver pack driver to read apfs disk ?

Because now startup partition with High Sierra is unavaliable from Windows installed via Bootcamp :(
Are you saying you could see your Mac drive from Windows in Sierra? Please tell me how!
 

ChrisA

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As a work around, perhaps run macOS X inside a virtual machine that in turn runs on Windows then "share" the drive and mount it on Windows. The mac drive will be a network share.

Another solution requires hardware. Get a USB drive and keep it sync'd using rsync. The USB drive could have an NTFS on it. Then mount this on windows. data sync after each reboot. (Yes, this is about as ugly as the first method)

A little nicer solution. Move the data you ned to share off of the APFS drive to something both Windows and MacOS an see. I doubt yo really need to share the entire APFS volume. This, I think, is the least ugly solution.