MacDrive alternatives?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Groovemcfly, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Groovemcfly macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2006
    I tried using MacDrive but it's not supported for Vista 64-bit edition. Is there another program out there that I can use? I just want to be able to access my music that's on Leopard while in Vista. Thanks in advance.
  2. Groovemcfly thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2006
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
  4. Groovemcfly thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2006
    Thanks. I downloaded it but I'm not understanding how to get it to connect to my music files on Leopard. Do I have to create an FTP URL in Leopard with the files I want to share and then go back to vista to connect? Going with FTP do I have to put everything I want to use on on the internet with ftp?
  5. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    im looking for an alternative myse;lf for XP.....

    but was curious....are there security risks involved with having macdrive installed on XP?

    any form of corruption or if windows gets a virus will it infect that partition since it is now read/write capable?

    or if thereis way to disable macdrive during some uses etc?
  6. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    Don't even need to get a virus. MacDrive itself is prone to corrupting OSX drives. I've found that in any 8 hour session of coding where my source is on a OSX drive, I'll end up with 2 or 3 corrupted source files. If you use it, be very careful about what you edit, back up often.

    You can set MacDrive to run in read only mode and that's the way I leave it most of the time.
  7. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    And MacDrive eats another drive

    Made the mistake of copying a file over to a portable drive today and when I booted back into OSX it was unmountable. MacDrive strikes again. Don't use it, it's junk. You will lose data.
  8. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    I ditched MacDrive today, as I kept getting BSOD in XP One on April 8th and one today almost a month apart since i got MacDrive.

    the BSOD gave me a MDFSYSNT.SYS (which is a drive for HSF/HSF+/Journaled formatted drives, only one conclusion; macdrive as my first BSOD with it was when i plugged in my external drive with leopard on it and after a fe wminutes of transferring files out of the Leopard drive a BSOD.

    I wanted to use it to transfer files from OSX10.4.10 to XP but ill just use my externaldrive; and the only other reason i used it was for my ipod to play itunes music over the system...since it was formatted for MacOSX not Fat32 (doh!) .... i ended up getting a USB wall charger and plugged it into my stereo set on my desk. more messing around with macdrive.
    junk junk junk!
  9. RobertFranz macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Yeah - Macdrive is pretty crappy for the price.
    Given that it's just a file system driver, for $50 I expect it to be rock solid.
    It isn't.
    It's horribly inefficient, consumes massive resources, and is one of the very few apps that has forced me to reboot.
    Fortunately, it dawned on me that I don't need it anyway, since I have Ubuntu on the same notebook.
    Reboot to Ubuntu and read the drive - no problem.
    I'm not sure why Macdrive sucks now - it didn't used to.
  10. Greywethr macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    Oh no, you do not want to use Macdrive. I installed it and it seemed fine, but then when the trial was up, I decided to uninstall it. Not an easy process. It doesn't come with it's own uninstaller, which is fine, because I usually do it via add/remove progs. anyway. Macdrive takes control of that so it takes upwards of 15 full minutes for the list to populate. However, you won't know this and will give up after much less, seeking other ways to rid yourself of this expensive bloatware. I removed it from the startup, also in msconfig, from the task manager, and it just keeps coming back. Be patient in waiting for the add/remove list to populate, it's your only real way to get rid of it.
  11. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    To anyone thinking of getting MacDrive or any kind of alternative, Apple already has one-its called snow leopard. One of the lesser known (but just as important) new features is HFS+ read ability of your mac drives. I say DRIVES because it will read any attached mac HFS+ device (ie any external device) I have not tested it thoroughly but it performs significantly better.

    So if you want to view your mac drives in windows get SL.
  12. bware189 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2009
    It also reads internal drives that are HFS+. Does anyone know of a method to get write, as well as read permission on an HFS+ partition WITHOUT macdrive? I truly hate that program.
  13. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    Bootcamp 3 drivers provide this for you.

    theyre included on the Snow Leopard disc, and maybe via the applesoftware update utility in windows.
  14. wandermiro macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
  15. Ice Cream Man macrumors member

    Ice Cream Man

    Jan 1, 2003
    ? is this Vista running in bootcamp on the same computer? Because if you loaded the Windows side Bootcamp stuff from the OSX disk, it should read the HFS natively, with no extra help.

    If it's on a different machine all together i used to "Map network drive" in Windows to the mac drive.

    However, if it's on a different machine(over network) and all you have to do is share the library, and turn on sharing in both iTunes.
  16. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    One alternative is to make a 3rd partition that is Fat32 so that both windows and mac can read and write to it. The only disadvantage is that you can't store huge files, i think ones that are greater than 4 gb won't work with fat 32, but you could always store those on the mac boot partition, or the windows partition if it is ntfs.
  17. Drift91 macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2010
    Got One!

    I was googling "macdrive alternative" when I came across this thread. The search result just below this one had this: (here's the thread if your interested: )

    I'm gonna give it a try now and see if it's half decent (by the way, it's read-only). They also have DMGExtractor which is handy as well since a lot of my important files are in encrypted DMGs.

    About a couple months ago my MacBook got smashed and I've been downgraded to a hand-me-down PC with leaky capacitors. I made the stupid mistake of backing up to HFS+ instead of putting everything in a segmented archive so it would fit on FAT32. Just need to get something to connect the SATA drive inside the Mac to my IDE clunker (got a Bytecc adapter and the pos was defective, just like the Mac itself). Fortunately I can still get my older files off the out-of-date backup.

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