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How Do I Read Data From a Mac® Hard Disk

February 21, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to use MacDrive© application to get data from a hard drive with a Mac® file system

The Mac® operating system has a different file system than Microsoft Windows®. Sometimes it can be problematic to get data from a hard drive with a Mac® file system onto a Windows®-based computer. Fortunately, there is a handy application called MacDrive© that can help. Below are steps you can take to download and install this software, as well as short instructions on how to use this Mac® application.

Instructions for downloading and installing MacDrive©:

  1. Open your Internet browser and go the MacDrive© home page.
  2. At the bottom of the page, select the type of product you want to download; MacDrive® Standard or Pro, and then click on the “Learn more” button.
  3. Now that you are on the product page, in the right pane you can select a download for the free or regular version. Click on one of these buttons.
  4. Click on the “Download” button and save the file to your computer.
  5. Launch the installation file, if the operating system asks you for confirmation, click on the “Run” button.
  6. Read the “License Agreement” and then check the “I accept the terms of this license agreement” checkbox and click on the “Next” button.
  7. Click on the “Install” button.
  8. When the installation finishes, click on the “Finish” button. You will be asked to restart your computer, do this to complete the process.

Instructions for reading data from a Mac® hard drive:

  1. Launch the MacDrive© application.
  2. Double-click on the “Access Mac disks” icon.
  3. A new window will open. You should see a new Mac® drive. You can open it as a normal disk drive.
  4. Now you are able use the data from the Mac® drive just as if it was on a Windows® formatted drive.


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