is it possible to read a mac formated firewire drive on a pc?

Posted on 2005-05-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
please can someone help me.. i have tried connecting my pc and mac through ethernet but canot get it to work..

i have a firewire drive for the mac in the post and was wondering weather the pc would be able to read it when its formated for mac?

because this would solve all my transfer problems. if it wont look at it within windows could someone tell me of a program that will browse it.. i remember i had to download a browser program to read my linux drive.


Question by:chrisdoney

    Author Comment

    someone please help me with this!

    i been looking into it on internet and have found a prog called mac opener but am unsure weather it supports firewire drives?

    someone please reply to this question..

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    Here's what I would do to make it easy.

    Take the firewire drive, plug it into your mac.  Backup all the data on it to your mac.

    Now plug it into your pc.

    Format the drive as FAT32 partitions (if the drive is greater than 32 gigs, then you might have to partition it up).

    The mac can easily read and write FAT32 partitions with no problems whatsoever.  To read mac formatted drives takes the use of 3rd party programs.

    My way is the free way.

    Author Comment

    i don't really want to partition up the drive mate..

    i have foundout elseware that when i 1st get the drive if i test it with both mac an pc and it worked on both i wont need to do anything,,

    otherwise i will have to get a prog to read the drive with..

    so thanks

    PS cracky.. i found that prog and it has installed fine and i trust it will work fine when  i get the drive..

    bloody apple takin so long to deliver my stuff....

    anyway thanks for help guys

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