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Accessing Mac Hard Drives from Windows 7/8: Boot Camp Support Software 5.0.5033

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/01/07

If you want to read  a Mac HFS+ formatted disk from Windows 7/8 then you can use the Boot Camp Support Software 5.0.5033.

It is a large download (about half a gigabyte, uncompressed 800+ megabyte) of which you need only this file:


When you want to write HFS+, then MacDrive works fine and has a 5-day fully functional trial (so you can verify really large files transfer fine).

The other way around is built in, but not enabled by default. To have a Mac read and write NTFS volumes, you have to edit your /etc/fstab file as explained in will mountain lion read/write to an…: Apple Support Communities to which I added some hyperlinks. Note there are also NTFSFree and OSXFuse (which is the successor of MacFuse).

  1. Uninstall other 3rd-party NTFS software, like Paragon, Tuxera or NTFS-3G.
  2. Edit /etc/fstab (you can do this with “sudo nano /etc/fstab” as Carlos suggested
  3. Add the following line:
  4. LABEL="THE_NAME_OF_YOUR_VOLUME" none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
  5. Quit your editor (if you used nano, you can do this with Control-X, Y, Enter as Carlos said)
  6. Reboot, or if you prefer just unmount and re-mount the partition using Disk Utility

Voila! You have read-write support for this partition in OSX

As an alternative of modifying /etc/fstab, you can also create an interposer for the /sbin/mount_ntfs script: Guide: Enable native NTFS Read/Write in Snow Leopard – MacRumors Forums.


One Response to “Accessing Mac Hard Drives from Windows 7/8: Boot Camp Support Software 5.0.5033”

  1. […] this year I wrote about Accessing Mac Hard Drives from Windows 7/8: Boot Camp Support Software 5.0.5033 and mentioned that there are also a few solutions for writing NTFS volumes from Mac OS […]

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