Opening a mac external drive on a PC

Booshanky

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Is there any free program anyone knows that can do this? I've got a ton of photos and other files on an external drive that was used with a mac, and I need to transfer those files to my windows XP machine.

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drag

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Most external drives get formatted in fat32 by default.. and nowadays Mac OS can read and write to that drive...

However if it has been formated to hfs or hfs+ your not going to be able to read it directly into Windows, obviously.


Linux has limited support for HFS/HFS+ file systems and good support for fat32. So if you have a fat32 partition on your harddrive you could possibly boot up with a knoppix cdrom and copy the information over that way. Although I don't know if knoppix supports hfs partitions out of the box.


Otherwise the best bet is to get your old mac and transfer the stuff over the network using a file share from your Windows box.

Those are the options that I can think of now..