Help - do I still need MacDrive to access external HD even with Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Lara F, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Lara F macrumors 6502a

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    I upgraded to Windows 7 this week under Bootcamp. Previously I had XP and MacDrive (purchased pre Snow Leopard). But true to SL's promise, I found that I was able to view my OSX files without reinstalling MacDrive. Unfortunately what I haven't been able to do is view either of my external HFS formatted hard drives. :( I've tried both under Firewire and USB. I'll hear the "connected" sound, it says it's ready for use and the button to safely eject is there...but I just don't see the drives under My Computer. If I go to "Devices and Printers" in Control Panel I do see it, but I can't open it - only view properties.

    Is the HFS support SL gave only limited to OSX itself? Do I really need to use MacDrive again? Or has someone else been able to view HFS external HD's without it (in which case something's wrong)?

    FYI, I inserted my Snow Leopard disc and installed all the bootcamp drivers.

    btw, one other question - can I copy a file to OSX without MacDrive or is it read only?
     
  2. Apollo33 macrumors regular

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    It's read-only at this time. I, personally, like this... Since if you want to copy files, it might be easier to use a service like Dropbox.

    I'd rather not let Windows have write access to my Mac partition... that way, if I get a Windows virus, it's stuck on the Windows partition, unable to affect/damage my Mac files.

    Edit: I'm fairly certain that I've been able to access my external drives just fine in Windows.
     
  3. Lara F thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Bump - still no joy with viewing my external drives on W7. :( Confirmed they still appear properly on Snow Leopard. Any clue? It's aggravating considering I have all my videos stored there (my MacBook's only 120 GB).
     

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