Firewire and Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Stridder44, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Windows 7 has been awesome so far, but there are still the occasional driver issues. What I'm having trouble with now is firewire.

    I used to use HFS Explorer to access my external (HFS formatted) hard drive but it no longer shows up in HFS Explorer. Windows doesn't even make the "device connected" sound when I turn it on (yes I'm running HFS Explorer in admin mode/Vista compatibility). Pretty sure it's a firewire driver issue, but I have no clue who makes the firewire for my early 08 MBP.

    Anyone else experiencing this?
     
  2. noriyori macrumors member

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    I'm not able to get HFS Explorer to work with my Windows 7 install on my mini. I got Transmac to work but there's no native browsing (ie: through win-explorer) so I can't access my firewire drive to get to my itunes library. Oh and macdrive won't work with win 7. I don't have any other firewire devices to test. But the device manager DOES see the drive, it just can't read the HFS volume.
     
  3. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt the problem is with HFS Explorer. I'm using Win7 and have used HFS Explorer just fine, so the drivers seem to be the culprit to me as well. (I'm just going to the OSX partition, no external drives.)
     
  4. noriyori macrumors member

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    hmmm, I got a Java error from HFS Explorer telling me to install the 5.X framework. I did that and then got some sort of execution error. Did you have to install the Java framework to get HFS Explorer to work or did it just work for you?
     
  5. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, install the Java runtime. When I start up HFSexplorer, I too get an error message.

    However, if I press OK, the program works fine. So... ignore the error message.
     
  6. Timur macrumors 6502a

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    Windows 7 comes with three (3) Firewire drivers, one of which is called "(legacy)". Try this one.
     
  7. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes yes, was running the latest version of Java.

    I got HFS Explorer to not only work, but find the Mac partition as well. It saw all the drives on my Mac, it just didn't see the external Firewire HDD.

    Damn I would, but I've since gone back to Vista 64 when first making this thread. If someone else can confirm it works I'll give it (Windows 7) another shot.
     
  8. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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  9. Timur macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have a Firewire HD around atm to try it myself. The legacy driver is needed to get Firewire Audio interfaces running properly. So someone else has to try this. Since there are three Firewire drivers coming with W7 it might also be the third one that could help.
     
  10. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Supposedly, based on this thread, your method works.
     
  11. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Surely someone out there is running Windows 7 and has an external firewire hard drive to test.
     
  12. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    OK, so I bit the bullet and reinstalled Windows 7 because I love it and I wanted to give this a try. And it does indeed work. :)
     
  13. johnwillsey macrumors newbie

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    Firewire Drives Bootcamp

    Well, I understand your frustration.. here is my experience...

    System Macpro 1.1 (original 2.66ghz)

    running OSX, all 3 external firewire drives work fine
    Bootcamp XP, all 3 external firewire drives work fine
    Bootcamp Win 7, only 1 external firewire drive works.
    It is a segate freeagent (SATA internal Drive I believe)
    The others are clubmac external cases with IDE drives on the oxford chipset (best most reliable chipset at the time)

    I have tried loading my drivers from my xp system and no luck...
     

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