How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free

Need to copy files from a Mac-formatted HFS hard disk on a Windows PC? We show you how to do it for free. It even works with Windows 10

Download HFSExplorer. you may also need Java SE Runtime Environment if you don’t already have it. Install the program using the default settings. You’ll end up with a new program in your Start menu: HFSExplorer.

Connect your USB drive. HFSExplorer works with drives formatted with HFS, HFS+ and HFSX.

Run HFSExplorer (using Windows 10 here and it works fine)

The next step is to select the hard disk by clicking File > Load file system from device. If you have only one hard disk inside your PC or laptop, it’s likely that your USB drive will appear as Harddisk1/Partition1, but it may be Harddisk2/Partition1. If your USB disk has more than one partition, you’ll need to choose the one where the files you want are stored.

When you’ve selected the right disk, you should see its contents displayed in a Windows Explorer-like tree structure.

final step, select files and extract!

Preview not supported

The Problem: print preview will not work when printing a PDF, running snow leopard.

The Solution: okay, this ones interesting but It’s normal because Acrobat has a more powerful printing and preview capability than Preview does, so running output through Preview would just dumb it down.. unfortunately I couldn’t find a fix for this.. other then uninstalling adobe.

Magic Mouse scroll not working

I think we’ve all ran into this one a time or two, you’re mouse cant scroll or can only scroll one direction. or it just “kinda” scrolls.. whatever the scenario. its not working right. on a lot of older mice this isn’t a big problem… clean it. but this task isn’t always so easy.

The Problem: your mighty mouse (not to be confused with the newer magic mouse, (see the pic below) will no longer scroll.. sometimes it will only scroll one direction, up, down, etc

the mighty mouse

The Solution: hold your mighty mouse upside down and press the scroll ball against the palm of your hand (preferably against a cloth)¬† and move your mouse in a circular motion. after a minute or two you should be able to scroll normally.. this is a pretty common problem and apart from taking your mouse apart, this is the easiest, fastest solution… that is of course if it works for you.

Disable Spotlight Search for a specific folder in Mac OS X?

how to disable spotlight search/index for a specific folder in Mac OS X.

Go to Apple menu click on System Preferences, from here click on Spotlight
Go to Privacy tab and click + to add the folder that you want to disable for index

look here!, spotlight search has its own icon in system preferences!

just click on the privacy tab on top, then the + button to add your folder location. have fun ūüôā

OS X shadow effect

Is there a curious shadow behind your mail window? …maybe because there’s a hundred open windows sitting on top of each other!

thought this was a little amusing.. not sure what workflow scenario played out to cause this particular anomaly but I did learn a somewhat useful keyboard command for closing multiple/all windows.

keyboard shortcut: Option-Command-W
and more shortcuts here..

The black bar you see around the window is supposed to be a subtle shadow effect..

Having too many windows open at a time can bog down your system... and make for a very strong shadow effect. ūüôā

Kernel Panic Troubleshooting

Kernel Panic Troubleshooting Instructions

  1. Make a note of what took place just at/before the system halt as it may help to diagnose the issue. this to look for include applications that were open and which was active when the system hung.
  2. Reboot by holding down the power button until it powers off, and  then pressing the power button again to power it on.
  3. The cause of these panics can be either  software or hardware. Be ready for the  problem to happen again. Panics caused by hardware are most likely to  recur.
  4.  Recreate the panic conditions.  open the same applications that were open during the first  caused the initial  panic. If you can replicate a problem, you can receive support for  it.
  5. If the panic does recur you have a couple options:

Check out your log files to clue you in, the locations are as follows:

Mac OS X v10.5 and later If a kernel panic occurs, information is added to a log file in the folder /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports (Mac OS X v10.6), or /Library/Logs/PanicReporter (Mac OS X v10.5).The name of each log file in this location includes the date and time when the kernel panic was logged.

Mac OS X 10.2 to 10.4.11 If a kernel panic occurs, information is added to a log file named “panic.log” in the folder /Library/Logs/ .

Run the¬† Apple Hardware Test. Insert the appropriate disc in your optical drive, and hold¬† the “D” key on your keyboard as you restart your Mac. Prior to OS 10.5.4,¬† the hardware test was on Disc 1, and for later versions it is on Disc¬† 2.

Additionally you can run Diskwarrior and simply press “rebuild” this will repair the disk directory and if nothing else will eliminate one possible cause of the panic.