Software to Read Mac Harddrives

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Is there freeware software out there that allows pc's to read mac drives / files?


Question by:rjohnsonjr
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    To read/convert Mac files to PC, you can use Conversion Plus for Windows from DataViz

    which can handle nearly any file format, though many formats, such as Word, Excel, Quark, and many Adobe formats are identical on both platforms.

    If you need to simplify accessing drives across a network, you can use either ADmit Mac or DAVE from Thursby software

    depending on whtether you're working peer to peer or in a domain.

    If you need to mount and writeto Mac formatted floppies or CDs created by a Mac, you may want to look at Macdrive.
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    I'm suggesting those as I know of no freeware programs for this purpose.
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    Randy, are you looking to connect a Mac drive directly to a PC or just to access the Mac from a PC on a network?
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    connect mac drive to PC

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    davidis99's MacDrive suggestion would be your best solution then. I just thought it might be easier to transfer over a network if it's just a one-off file copy. Just connect the Mac drive to a Mac (assuming you know someone who has one) and use SMB to connect and transfer the files (free). As davidis99 mentioned, the other utilities all cost money and of those, MacDrive looks like the best one.
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    Macdrive also has a 14-day trial.  I've found that it is deffinitely worth the money though.

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    I have used a free emulator to read Mac drives. Look at
    Macdrive also works great if you want to pay for a solution.

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