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Can Windows no longer read HFS volumes?

1192 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2013 11:43 AM by Csound1 RSS
Ackmo Calculating status...
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Feb 27, 2013 4:20 PM



I have recently installed Boot Camp and Windows 7 on my new (2012) iMac.  So far, so good - no major problems in getting Windows up and running.  However, unlike my older Boot Camp installation, this one does not seem to mount, even read-only, any of my Mac volumes.  Neither the internal fusion (1 TB) drive or an external 2 TB USB3 drive show up.


Also, possibly related, is that the drives show up in the Boot Camp control panel named "disk 1" and "disk 2" although it does seem to know that OS X is installed on them.  I'm guessing that one of those is the Recovery partition.


Did Apple remove support for mounting HFS drives in Windows with newer versions of Boot Camp?


To be honest, I actually prefer the drives to not show up at all but I would like the correct volume names to show up in the control panel.


Thanks in advance.

  • saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)
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    Feb 27, 2013 5:14 PM (in response to Ackmo)

    You have to install the Apple Support Software to get read access to HFS volumes.

  • saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 2:53 AM (in response to Ackmo)

    Then the problem is likely due to the fact that you have a Fusion Drive. I don't believe Apple has updated its Windows software to properly support it.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 8:53 AM (in response to Ackmo)

    Ackmo wrote:


    I did install the Apple Support Software.  Hmmm.  Do you know if the Apple Software Update utility checks for old or missing Apple drivers as well as applications, etc.?  Or perhaps there is another utility hidden somewhere?


    For what it's worth, the "About Boot Camp" window says it's Version 4.1 Build 4586 (this is on Windows).  Should it say 5.x instead?

    Reboot to OSX and check the version number of Boot Camp Assistant, if you have Mountain Lion it should be 5.x


    Always post your OSX version when asking for assistance.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 11:43 AM (in response to Ackmo)

    Ackmo wrote:




    I think my original issue (Windows HFS support) is solved, but I will check the Boot Camp version.  The OS version is Mountain Lion, presumably 10.8.2, that came with my late 2012 iMac.  I should have specified that.


    Should I expect the version displayed in Windows to be the same as that on the Mac? 

    No, it will differ. Mountain Lion comes with Boot Camp 5. Creating the disc in Boot Camp rather than a direct download is the correct method.


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