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Windows won't 'see' my Mac drives

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Jan 24, 2013 6:31 AM

I imagine this is as expected, but it's really annoying. My Mac OS can extract files from my Windows-formatted drive. I'm surprised Windows can't take files from my Mac internal drives. Is there a solution?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,300 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 6:44 AM (in response to jrm1)

    Windows can neither read nor write to a non windows drive. You will need either a 3rd party file system addition, or an external drive formatted as FAT.

  • ReMacs Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 9:58 AM (in response to Csound1)

    All versions of BootCamped Windows that I have used in the past 5 years have been able to rightclick Copy  then Paste object (pictures, videos, etc.) from (User index) in Mac OS to Windows when in Windows OS.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,300 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 10:25 AM (in response to ReMacs)

    ReMacs wrote:

     

    All versions of BootCamped Windows that I have used in the past 5 years have been able to rightclick Copy  then Paste object (pictures, videos, etc.) from (User index) in Mac OS to Windows when in Windows OS.

    You're a lucky person then.

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:48 PM (in response to ReMacs)

    I know back when I was still running Boot Camp, the Boot Camp installer on Windows did install a read-only driver to read Mac HFS+ formatted drives.  With that driver loaded, you could read from teh Mac HD and copy files to your Windows partition while running native Windows.  I do recall that I had removed that driver and upgraded to one of the third party drivers to get full read/write access to my HFS+ drives when running windows too.  I had 4-5 licenses for MacDrive before I moved over to use the driver from Paragon.  The Paragon driver was quite a bit cheaper, and I had fewer problems when using it, as it hooked into the native Windows drivers much better than the MacDrive product did. YMMV.

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to jrm1)

    As I mentioned in my previous post, when I was using Boot Camp, Apple provided one in the "Windows Support Software" (on teh install DVD for Snow Leopard, and in the first download for Boot Camp).  You can also get commercial drivers from Paragon and MacDrive.  I don't remember the exct prices but I think they range from $20-$50 depending upon which one you get.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,300 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 6:49 AM (in response to GeekBoy.from.Illinois)

    GeekBoy.from.Illinois wrote:

     

    As I mentioned in my previous post, when I was using Boot Camp, Apple provided one in the "Windows Support Software" (on teh install DVD for Snow Leopard, and in the first download for Boot Camp).  You can also get commercial drivers from Paragon and MacDrive.  I don't remember the exct prices but I think they range from $20-$50 depending upon which one you get.

    As you are the only person that seems to have been able to write to an OSX partition from Windows (without 3rd party drivers) stop keeping it secret, tell the others who want to know how.

     

    It is unfair of you to claim that you know how to do it, then not explain!

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Please let me know where you believe I said I had write access to HFS+ formatted partitions without third party software.  I statted that Apple had provided a read-only driver as a part of Boot Camp, and I don't recall claiming that there was write access without using third party software.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,300 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 6:42 PM (in response to GeekBoy.from.Illinois)

    GeekBoy.from.Illinois wrote:

     

    Please let me know where you believe I said I had write access to HFS+ formatted partitions without third party software.  I statted that Apple had provided a read-only driver as a part of Boot Camp, and I don't recall claiming that there was write access without using third party software.

    That driver allowed Mac operating systems to read (but not write) from Windows (specifically NTFS) file systems, it did not enable the 'other way around'

     

    Windows is not capable of reading from HFS file systems without 3rd party software.

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to Csound1)

    Well, I jsut re-checked and when I installled the Boot Camp drivers on my old MacBook Pro from my Snow Leopard DVD, it installed 2 Apple provided drivers on my Windows system.  Those files were AppleHFS.sys and AppleMNT.sys.  Those two driers gave my Windows 7 installation read only access to my MacOS boot volume when I was running Windows in native mode.

     

    I imagine that if you do a Google serach for those drivers, you will find reference to them being a part of the Boot Camp 3.x drivers provided by Apple.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,300 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 8:03 AM (in response to GeekBoy.from.Illinois)

    I said.

     

    Windows is not capable of reading from HFS file systems without 3rd party software.

    You installed a of pair 3rd party drivers.

     

    GeekBoy.from.Illinois wrote:

     

    Well, I jsut re-checked and when I installled the Boot Camp drivers on my old MacBook Pro from my Snow Leopard DVD, it installed 2 Apple provided drivers on my Windows system.  Those files were AppleHFS.sys and AppleMNT.sys.  Those two driers gave my Windows 7 installation read only access to my MacOS boot volume when I was running Windows in native mode.

    Just as I said.

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