Viewing a Mac formatted drive on windows.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by leckie, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. leckie macrumors member

    May 3, 2007
    I have an external hard drive that my partner and I will be using for our media however she runs windows. Obviously I'm making her download the third party software instead of installing driver for NTFS on my mac but my question is what is the best third party software/drivers that will let me view the drive on the windows machine or will it in fact be easier to get drivers to view NTFS?

  2. mdhwoods macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2008
    yup thats what i use.
  3. leckie thread starter macrumors member

    May 3, 2007
  4. XianPalin macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2006
    If you only need to infrequently grab a few files from your Mac partition, this also works:

    HFS Explorer:

    It's free. The downside is you have to find the files you want and "extract" them (copy them) to your windows partition before you can do anything with them. However, if you just want to copy a video file over or something every once and a while without spending any money, this works well.
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Even though you mentioned not wanting to do so, NTFS-3G and MacFUSE allow Macs to read and write NTFS volumes and doesn't cost anything. You can even use disk utility to format a drive with NTFS.

  6. chazzamatazz macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
    Apologies for bumping an old thread. But I came across this as I am doing the opposite, as I need to read an windows formatted drive on my mac - why would you the driver for NTFS? Is there an issue with it? :confused:

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