How to Read a Mac Drive on a PC

By Bennett Gavrish

The hard drives of Apple's Mac computers are formatted in a different way, known as HFS, than hard drives that have the Microsoft Windows XP installed on them. As a result, Mac drives cannot be read by PC computers by default. However, you can use the MacDrive program to allow your Windows computer to read files on a Mac drive.

Things You'll Need

  • PC running Windows XP or later
  • Mac hard drive in HFS format

Step 1

Go to the MacDrive download page (see Resources below) and download the MacDrive 7 program onto your computer.

Step 2

Run the MacDrive installer and click on the "Install" button to put the program on your computer.

Step 3

Restart your computer to activate the MacDrive software.

Step 4

Connect your Mac hard drive to your PC computer using a USB or other cable.

Step 5

Open the Start menu and click on the "My Computer" icon. Your Mac hard drive will now show up in the list of available drives, and you will be able to read and write data on it.

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