How can I let another PC using Windows XP (Service Pack3) read Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volumes? Windows XP shows nothing.

  • Where is XP in relation to OS X? Are they on the same machine using Bootcamp or over a network?
    – traisjames
    Apr 26, 2014 at 14:17
  • @traisjames No, another PC. Apr 26, 2014 at 14:23
  • Ok so your connecting over the network correct? Just need to know which way to answer...I do both of these all the time.
    – traisjames
    Apr 26, 2014 at 14:28

2 Answers 2


Boot Camp Drivers

You can use the Boot Camp drivers which integrates HFS read/write into Explorer.

You don't need Boot Camp to download/install the drivers.


Alternatively, you can use HFSExplorer:

HFSExplorer is an application that can read Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images. It can read the file systems HFS (Mac OS Standard), HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) and HFSX (Mac OS Extended with case sensitive file names).

  • I have an acer laptop and I want to write to a ox journaled external hard drive. I would I do it? May 30, 2015 at 15:29

If you are connecting to the Mac over the network, you need to make sure SMB sharing is turned on.

  1. First in System Preferences open Sharing

  2. Then check File Sharing and match folders that you want shared and with whom

  3. I allow both SMB and AFP. The SMB handles the translation for Windows.

These are the exact settings I use and I work and move files over Windows, OS X, and Linux.

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