Access Mac HFS on Windows 7 without MacDrive with HFS Explorer


HFS ExplorerSince at the time of this writing Mediafour’s MacDrive still doesn’t work with Windows 7 I thought it’s a good idea to let you know that you can access Mac-formatted hard drives via a free utility called HFSExplorer.

It’s not as easy to use as MacDrive but it’s free and it gets the job done. You will be able to move files from your Mac formatted drive over to your Windows machine but probably won’t be able to work with it like you would with MacDrive, ie use, for example, Premiere Pro to access the drive directly.


1) Install HFS Explorer (download it here)

2) Once installed, open up HFS Explorer, go to FILE > Load File System from Device

3) From the pop up select Autodetect, or select the device (= harddrive) yourself.

4) It should open up a window of your Mac formatted drive now.

5) Select the folder(s) you want to copy and click Extract

6) Select the folder on your Windows machine you want the files copied to

If it asks you if you want to follow symbolic links click select No

HFS Explorer should now copy your files to your Windows machine. Make sure you close our HFS Explorer before removing the external hard drive.

Hope this helps.

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