15 Windows 10 Tips for Mac Users So you’re a diehard Mac user who’s decided to dip your toes in the Windows PC waters. Here’s our primer of tips that can help you after you take the plunge. HFS Explorer is a pretty good software that can help you read your Mac-formatted drives on Windows. As its name suggests, the software only works with the drives that are formatted with the HFS.
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- CrossOver Mac lets you run Windows programs on a new Mac without the need to install Windows. After you install CrossOver Mac, you simply double click on a Windows program's icon and watch it come up on your Mac's desktop, just as if it were a Mac program. CrossOver Mac, from www.codeweavers.com, costs $60. You can try it free for 60 days.
- For what it’s worth, HFSExplorer isn’t the only software that can read Mac-formatted drives. It just happens to be a free option that is open source. But one downside to HFSExplorer is that it is read only, whereas some users may need to write to the Mac drive from Windows as well.
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The Windows 7 DVD will do all that just fine for you instead.
Instead of running XP, Windows 7 Pro (which is what most EDU offer) has XP Mode, running XP inside 7.
Apple uses GPT, Windows doesn't and prefers MBR still. Plus there are hidden small EFI (128MB) as well as the 200MB GPT. So the drive really needs to be initialized by Windows 7.
You could move (clone) Mac OS to a small external drive if needed and boot from there just fine.
Dec 17, 2009 8:19 AM