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If you are one of those guys who runs Windows Vista and Mac OS X on the same computer, you know only too well how painful read a Mac hard disk from Vista is. To tell you the truth, it is quite impossible because they uses partitions formatted in different ways. The only solution you have got is to log off from Vista and log in Mac OS X to read and extract the files you need. Luckily for us, everything is going to change thanks to a small file which makes something really amazing, namely it lets you gain access to all of your Mac files (the whole hard disk indeed) from Vista.

HSFExplorer is a nice freeware utility which lets you read Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images. It manages to read HFS (Mac OS Standard), HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) and HFSX (Mac OS Extended with case sensitive file names), .dmg disk images created on a Mac, including zlib / bzip2 compressed images and AES-128 encrypted images. Furthermore, it also lets you “…browse your Mac volumes with a graphical file system browser, extract files (copy to hard disk), view detailed information about the volume and create disk images from the volume.” HSFExplorer is written in Java 5 and runs in Windows XP and Windows Vista. If you want to know more, click here. If you want to download it, click here.

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6 Comments to “How to read Mac hard disks in Windows Vista and XP”

  1. sudhakar Says:

    Thanks for this post… Saved my day to retrieve content from my crashed mac OS X

  2. Dave McCsll Says:

    Looks like a good tool. Does it work if you have an external hsf+ disk connected via USB to a windows machine? The disk may be bad. I am trying to test it. Shows up in disk management as uninitialized (I believe this is normal) but not in explorer. HSF auto detect does not detect a file system. Any info would be helpful.

  3. Steve the Healer Says:

    There is no way an XP virus can infect your Mac. No way.
    I recommend Little Snitch firewall for Mac, it’s essential.

  4. Fergal Hayes Says:

    Will this type of programme though, enable windows viruses and spyware to access my mac? Of course, I have anti virus, spyware protection and firewall on the PC, but nothing on my mac.

  5. Web Talk Says:

    Hi Macci!
    I am happy this little review was useful to you. If you have any ideas or you would like to share some software, application etc with other Web Talk’s readers, please let me know!

  6. macci Says:

    Wow, really big thank you! this was great news for running a mixed mac windows environment!

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