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    Question HFS+ External HD and Windows

    I have a 320 GB external hard disk formatted to HSF+ for my Mac. I have MacDrive installed on my windows machine but all of my friends (the sad part is im the only one who shifted to Mac) are using windows and wont buy a copy of MacDrive.

    My question is if it is possible to partition my HD and have a 1Gb NTFS or FAT32 partition with MacDrive installed on it??

    Or is there any other free solution out there??
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    MacDrive requires loading of a kernel module to read the HFS+ filesystem inside of Windows. As far as I know, no one has made a portable version of MacDrive.

    There is an open sourced HFS+ Filesystem Browser called HFSExplorer ( however I have not personally tested this solution to vouch on whether or not it works. That one is a stand-alone utility that should allow you to run this entirely portably and not need to install anything to these people's computers.

    Perhaps this will help to solve your problems. Personally, one of the things that I would look at is possibly storing the data on your external disk in another format as to allow for native reading under all operating systems that require access to the data.

    In that case, there are NTFS drivers available for Mac that allow for read/write support as well as official FAT32 support. I am personally against using these, however the annoyance of going with a Microsoft format over a more open standard is outweighed by the ability to access the data wherever it is needed.




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