Cross-platform Drive Solutions

Using Mac drives on Windows PCs

Last updated January 18, 2013

This is a list of third-party Windows software that enables Windows to recognize and format Mac-formatted disks and disc media.

(Click here for a list of products that enable Macs to work with PC formats)

Company Product Supported OS Description
Mediafour MacDrive 9 Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (32-bit only), Windows Server 2008/2003

MacDrive enables Windows to read and write to Mac-formatted drives from Windows Explorer, including drives attached to the PC with FireWire, USB, eSATA, SATA, and SCSI. It also enables Windows to mount Mac DMG disk images in Windows. MacDrive automatically converts file names, eliminating characters not allowed in Windows.

Included is a Windows utility called MacDrive Disk Manager that can format, partition and repair Mac-formatted storage media. In addition to running on Windows on a PC, MacDrive can run on Mac booted with Windows with Boot Camp. The later case enables Windows to read and write files located on the Mac partition. MacDrive 9 will automatically add content from the Mac partition to the Windows 7 libraries.

MacDrive also enables Windows installed in a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion to access external Mac drives.

Version 9 added a Windows the Quick Start Launcher window, which provides links to open all of MacDrive’s features, such as opening Mac-format storage, burning CDs and DVDs in Mac format, and repairing Mac storage. MacDrive 9 also improves the ability to repair Mac drives.

MacDrive also enables Windows to browse the backed up files on Time Machine backup sets, and copy those files to Windows. MacDrive supports drives bigger than 2 terabytes in size.

Mediafour MacDrive Pro Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (32-bit only), Windows Server 2008/2003

MacDrive 9 Pro includes all the features of MacDrive 9 Standard, but adds four new features to Windows: support of Apple RAID sets, Secure Delete, the ability to create Mac ISO image files, and the ability to burn Blu-ray discs.

MacDrive 9 Pro’s RAID feature enables Windows Explorer to display and access Mac-formatted RAIDs created with Apple’s Disk Utility in Mac OS X 10.4 and later. MacDrive 9 Pro supports RAIDs that are striped, mirrored, or concatenated. (For mirrored sets, all drives must be connected.) MacDrive 9 Pro cannot mount a RAID of greater than 2TB in Windows XP 32-bit, due to the inherent limitation in Windows XP. Large RAIDs are supported with Windows 7 and Vista.

Acute Systems TransMac Any version of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Enables Windows to read, write and format Mac HFS, HFS+, and HFSX drives and CD and DVDs. Users access Mac volumes with a File Explorer-type user interface with external drag and drop. Can be used to access Mac partition from Boot Camp.

TransMac create or compress Mac .DMG image files, and convert to ISO files. TransMac can also burn ISO and DMG files directly to CD/DVD/Blu-Ray.

Long filename support. Search disk by Mac type/creator or PC extension.Multisession CD support. Keep or refresh file dates between copy.

Acute Systems PCDmg Any version Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP PCDmg enables a Windows user to create and edit Mac .DMG image files. It can open (expand) .DMG files and copy to and from a .DMG file. PCDmg can also split and merge segmented .DMG and .DMGpart files.
Catacombae HFSExplorer (free) >Windows Vista/XP/2000 A JavaApp that enables Windows to browse Mac (HFS+) formatted drives and partitions. (HFSExplorer was last updated Dec 23 2008.)
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Windows 95/98/NT 4.0/Me/2000/XP Lets you create cross-platform (hybrid) CD-ROMs that include ISO9660, Joliet, RockRidge, and HFS. Lets you assign Macintosh type and creator file attributes based on file name or file content. Drag and drop the files or directories to create the disk image. AutoStart support for Macintosh, AutoRun support for Windows. Execute an application or open a document when the CD is inserted.
Logiciels & Services, Duhem MacDisk

(French version also available) 

Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2

Reading, writing and formatting Mac-formatted (HFS and HFS+) magnetic and optical media on Windows. Can burn hybrid Macintosh/PC (HFS/ISO 9660) CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs on a PC.

Also supports old technologies, including floppy disks (1.44 MB), Syquest cartridges, and Iomega Zip and Jaz drives

Macintosh products

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