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How to access Mac formatted drive on my PC?


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I use a WD "My Passport" 320 GB external drive for Time Machine backups on my Macbook Pro. I would like to be able to use this drive to transfer large files from my Mac to my PC....BUT, my PC will not read the Mac formatted drive. Are there any FREE programs that will allow the PC to access the WD drive?

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Free, no. Pay, yes. MacDrive 8
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Free, no. Pay, yes. MacDrive 8
That's what I suspected. Thanks.

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After a bit of thought, I found a free work-around (sort of). I have Ubuntu installed alongside Windows on my PC. I booted into Ubuntu, and the Mac-formatted external drive mounted to the desktop just like it does on the Mac. I was able to view and access the files. Since I can also see my PC's Windows partition in Ubuntu, I can use Ubuntu to copy any large files from the Mac-formatted external to my Windows folders.

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