How to find the mac drive when your in XP??

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Koeg, May 4, 2008.

  1. Koeg macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2008
    Hi i cant seem to find the mac partion of my hard drive when logged on to windows is there anyway i can?


  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Not by default. XP can't see HFS+ partitions, much less read or write to them.
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    you can purchase MacDrive to see, read and write to HFS+ formatted disks.
  4. lizinthesky macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2007
  5. vistafanboi macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2007
    Why use an NTFS formated drive for data files when using BootCamp?

    MacDrive is a great application for Windows, but useless for anything but transferring a few common file-types between the two OSes.

    Very simple: it is only useful for seeing and transferring files BOTH OSes can use: i.e., "graphics, text, and some audio/video files types."

    NEITHER OS can use the other's executable files. This is a VERY IMPORTANT distinction.

    It seems to me that the BEST way to share such files between OSes would be by using a FAT32 partition on an external drive, since both OSes can format, see, and write to FAT32 partitions without third-party utilities such as MacDrive.

    It is also the CHEAPEST way to do it reliably, considering that MacDrive is somewhere around $49US at present.

    (You Mac folks might not be concerned by prices, but we Windows users ARE, since sometimes, our OS is more expensive than our machines.)
    (yeah, yeah, I know: this is kinda stupid, in your opinions. Just so you will know, we tend to agree, and we do it in writing quite often.)

    Adding an additional program which [basically] only adds the ability to see HFS+ partitions from within Windows is a waste of money, considering that just formatting a common data partition as FAT32 removes any such limitations, and at no further cost to the user, other than free disk space.

    Donald L McDaniel
  6. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    FAT32 is too old and only small filesize so i like NTFS.......

    lots of ppl use macdrive but i read that it has bugs and damages some u think it is safe 2 use??my windows hd isnt important much but i dont want to damage my osx side
  7. vistafanboi macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2007
    I personally never experienced any data loss (on either side) after using it. But I kept both OS partitions clean as a whistle, and kept my data and downloaded program installers on external drives.

    I suspect that those who have experienced such data loss weren't very good "house-keepers", or the wiring in the rooms where they kept their computers was old and unreliable.

    Always remember, however, that the use of ANY low-level hard drive utility is subject to possible data loss, no matter how good a "house-keeper" one is. All it takes is a momentary loss of power, a bump, or a failing write-head during a write operation to wipe a drive out. Chaos happens. This is why experts always suggest that regular backups be made before using such apps.

    Donald L McDaniel:)

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