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make Apple HFS partition on PC-attached HD available for backup from network-attached Mac

I have an Apple HFS partition on an external HD attached by cable to a Windows XP PC. On want to write to it from a Mac on my LAN. How enable?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you will need an installable file system for hfs+ and windows i.e. Macdrive ($50)
or format it as nfts and use NTFS-3G (free)
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murrayhomeAuthor Commented:
The recommendation to use Macdrive seems orthogonal to my question. The partition at issue on the the Windows PC-attached drive already has an Apple HFS partition on it. My question is how do I write to it _from a Mac_ connected over the same LAN as the PC.

In fact, how do I even make that partition visible to the Mac?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Since it is a connected directly to a windows machine in order to share the drive it must be readable by the windows machine. another way is to get a router with a usb port and use the drive as network attached storage.  Another way is to format the drive in a mutually acceptable format i.e. fat32
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murrayhomeAuthor Commented:
Is there software that will allow me to read/write to the already-existing Apple HFS partition on that Windows PC-attached drive?

(I used Paragon's Partition Manager to create & format the partition, so I don't need the full features of Macdrive.)

(I do want to keep that partition as HFS, since I will shortly be migrating from Windows to Mac completely. Tired of risking life & limb from corrupted registry, etc.)
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If the drive is attached to windows then windows has to be able to read (at least) to it.. you want to write to it.. the free versions out there cannot write to the drive, macdrive can write to the drive. Why don't you just plug it into your mac? use samba on the mac platform and share it with your windows computer?
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murrayhomeAuthor Commented:
It's awkward to move it to the MacBook: although it's a triple interface, right now it's on FireWire to my PC. I'd have to change the interface base to USB, since the MacBook doesn't have a FireWire port. And move lots of stuff around -- both the drive and its power cord, since the MacBook is not so close to the PC.

Next, let's say I do get macdrive. What, exactly, do I do on the Windows XP end to make a folder there writeable from the MacBook on the LAN. I've never figured out how to do it! (although reading NTFS partitons drives on the PC is no problem
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You simply share the folder/drive and give write access you might want to look at this video
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murrayhomeAuthor Commented:
I installed trial version of macdrive. It can see the HFS partition and verify it's OK. But in Windows explorer I don't see that drive at all.

What's wrong and how fix?

(According to previous posts by others, first I have to be able to see the Apple HFS partition in windows before accessing it from a Mac on the LAN.)
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
go into disk management and assign the drive a drive letter .. right click my computer, select manage, then go to the drive in question, right click on the drive partition and assign the drive letter.
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murrayhomeAuthor Commented:
ve3ofa:
go into disk management and assign the drive a drive letter .. right click my computer, select manage, then go to the drive in question, right click on the drive partition and assign the drive letter.

OK, now Windows Explorer does see that Mac partition as if it were a Windows partition.

Tomorrow I'll check that I can now write to it from the Mac on my LAN. If so, I'll gladly accept all your contributions as solving the problem (and give full points, of course). With fingers crossed until then, thanks so much!
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murrayhomeAuthor Commented:
The main thing was to install macdrive in Windows.
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