How to read a Mac hard drive on Windows ?.


Despite their differences, Mac and PC know how to operate in duo with files that are compatible to both operating systems and able to communicate on the same local network. Apple also introduced a support for NTFS on OS X Leopard, so that your Mac can natively decode the format of the files Windows.

However, when it comes to read a removable device (usb, ssd,..) formatted for Mac on a Windows, the history is complicated slightly. In fact, most readers use Apple file systems HFS+ and APFS, which makes the decryption on Windows sometimes impossible.

Fortunately, to address this detail there are a variety of available software such as Paragon (at 49,95 €) or MacDrive (to 49.99 to about $ 44,22 €).

No program allows you to connect a drive to the format APFS to Windows and to decode its content for free. On the other hand, if your disk is formatted with a version HFS, then you will be able to read it in Windows without even spending a penny.

In this tutorial, learn the steps to follow in order to read and copy your documents Mac Windows free.

How to read files from a hard disk that is HFS+ under Windows for free ?.

To be able to read HFS+ partitions on your PC, you need to download the free newsreader software HFSExplorer and be sure that you have Java installed on your Windows.

To see HFSExplorer in the windows Start menu, install it using the default settings.

Then, to access the data, connect your hard drive and run HFSExplorer.

Select the drive by clicking on File and Load file system from device. If your removable device has more than one partition, then set one in which you want to store your files.

Once selected and the file system HFSExplorer is open, navigate through the tree view in the left column, and choose the document to run.

Finally, to copy files on your computer, click on Extract Data.

Be aware that you can’t create a new folder, so you need to choose a already existing.

The copying process will then start, you will finally be able to open your Mac files on Windows.