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!

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