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Unfortunately, it"s not a straightforward process; you can"t just connect the Mac drive & expect it to lớn work. Here"s everything you need lớn know khổng lồ get it working.

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Why Can"t Windows Read Mac Drives?

Windows và macOS use different tệp tin systems. Windows uses the NTFS tệp tin system for its internal drives, whereas Apple replaced HFS+ with its successor—Apple File System (APFS)—in early 2017. Today, APFS is used on Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.

External hard disks and USB drives are generally formatted with the Windows FAT32 file system for maximum compatibility. Most devices, including Macs, can read và write from FAT32 devices.

All new Macs will be formatted with APFS. Older Mac drives are likely still formatted with the HFS+ tệp tin system. Windows can"t read either file system by mặc định.

We"ll show you how to access your Mac-formatted APFS or HFS+ drive sầu on Windows.

How khổng lồ Read APFS on Windows

Firstly, let"s look at how to read the newer Apple File System format on Windows. All these apps will allow you to read drives from any updated Apple device, not just Macs.

1. MacDrive

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MacDrive sầu has been one of the go-to lớn apps for a long time. The first version was released way back in 1996. If you"re prepared khổng lồ spkết thúc some money, you don"t need to look elsewhere.

The phầm mềm works with APFS drives & HFS+ drives.

Unlượt thích some options, MacDrive lets you read và write data lớn your Mac-formatted drive directly from Windows.

The tiện ích is focused on the freshly redesigned Disk Management Window. It acts as a hub for all the Mac drives connected to lớn Windows.

You will also be able khổng lồ see your APFS or HFS+ drive directly within File Explorer, allowing easy integration with the rest of the Windows operating system.

Other useful features include the ability lớn create and partition Mac disks direct from your PC, a powerful disk repair feature, & robust security tools.

The standard version costs $49.99. There"s also a Pro version. It adds several extra features, including automatic tệp tin defragmentation, tư vấn for RAID setups, và a way to lớn create Mac ISO files.

A five-day không tính tiền trial is available.

Download: MacDrive sầu for Windows 10 ($49.99)

2. Paragon APFS for Windows

Paragon APFS for Windows is another paid ứng dụng. It is the main competitor of MacDrive sầu.

The ứng dụng provides read and write access to lớn APFS-formatted partitions, read và write access to lớn compressed and cloned files, và read-only tư vấn for encrypted volumes.

It supports disk auto-mounting at start-up but doesn"t have sầu MacDrive"s partition tools.

MacDrive has one big advantage over Paragon"s app: HFS+ tư vấn. Paragon APFS for Windows only supports APFS-formatted drives. If you have sầu some older Mac drives lying around that are still running HFS+, you would need khổng lồ purchase Paragon HFS+ for Windows separately. MacDrive sầu, therefore, is a more economical option.

One license—which costs $49.95—works on three Windows PCs.

Download: Paragon APFS for Windows 10 ($49.95)

3. UFS Explorer Standard Access

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Our third & final recommendation for reading APFS drives on Windows is UFS Explorer Standard Recovery. Once again, it"s a paid option. The tiện ích will cost you €59.95.

UFS Explorer Standard Recovery is the most versatile ứng dụng on this danh sách. It can read the two formats we care about—APFS và HFS+—as well as NTFS, FAT, FAT32, exFAT, SGI XFS, Linux JFS, Unix/BSD, UFS/UFS2, và VMware VMFS.

As such, this is the tiện ích you should choose if you find yourself hopping between lots of different operating systems during your day.

UFS Explorer Standard Recovery also comes with RAID tư vấn as standard. The app has a built-in RAID builder, so you can customize it for your array.

There is a không lấy phí version of the tiện ích with no time limits, but it will only let you copy files smaller than 256KB in form size.

Download: UFS Explorer Standard Access for Windows 10 (€59.95)

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How lớn Read HFS+ on Windows

If your Mac-formatted drive sầu is still running HFS+, use one of these three methods instead.

1. Install Apple HFS+ Drivers

If you only need read access, you can install the Apple HFS+ drivers for Windows. Be sure to lớn remove sầu Paragon or MacDrive before proceeding.

Download the correct Windows driver package, then follow these steps:

Copy the ApplsHFS.sys & AppleMNT.sys files to C:WindowsSystem32drivers Merge the Add_AppleHFS.reg file with your Windows registry. Restart your system.

The video clip above sầu also demonstrates the process.

After restarting, your Mac-formatted drive should show up under This PC. This method only gives you read access to lớn the drive sầu. If you would like lớn edit or delete files, try one of the alternative methods below.

2. HFSExplorer

HFSExplorer is completely không tính tiền. You can use it to lớn access Mac file systems from Windows without paying a dime. The developer hasn"t updated it since October 2015 due lớn the arrival of APFS, but it still works on older systems.

HFSExplorer requires Java. We generally recommover against having Java installed, but it"s necessary here unless you want to lớn spkết thúc money. You also need khổng lồ run the ứng dụng as an Admin.

This tool is simple to lớn use. Connect your Mac-formatted drive to your Windows system, open HFSExplorer, and clichồng File > Load File System From Device. HFSExplorer can automatically locate any connected devices with HFS+ file systems and open them. You can then extract files from the HFSExplorer window to your Windows drive.

cảnh báo that HFSExplorer is read-only, so you can"t modify or delete files on your Mac drive. It also doesn"t integrate with Windows File Explorer—files are available in the HFSExplorer application, và you must copy them elsewhere.

Download: HFSExplorer for Windows 10 (Free)

3. Paragon HFS+ for Windows

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Paragon HFS+ for Windows is a paid application, but it distinguishes itself with additional features.

Unlượt thích HFSExplorer, Paragon HFS+ for Windows provides full read/write access lớn Mac drives and promises high performance. It even integrates HFS+ tệp tin systems with Windows Explorer or File Explorer on Windows. Any Windows program can read from or write lớn the Mac drive sầu.

The phầm mềm costs $19.95, but it also offers a 10-day không tính tiền trial. If you need to recover files from a drive sầu, 10 days is plenty of time lớn install this tệp tin system driver, copy your files over, và uninstall it.

Paragon HFS+ doesn"t need Java to work.

Download: Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 ($19.95)

Format the Mac Drive for Windows

If you have sầu a Mac drive sầu lying around và you no longer have sầu a Mac, you"re not stuck with the Mac file system forever. After recovering the files from your drive sầu with one of the tools above sầu, you can then format the drive sầu & convert it to a standard FAT32 partition that will work with most devices.

Formatting will erase all the files on your drive sầu, so make sure you have backed up your files. To format the drive, use the dialog that appears when you connect the drive sầu to lớn your computer.

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