HFSExplorer addresses a certain group of users, predominantly the ones that want to access data on Mac OS hard drives through their Windows-based computer.
The Hierarchical File System or HFS, is Apple’s proprietary file system especially developed for their brand computers. Back in 2009, though, the Cupertino-based mogul has abandoned development of HFS when they released the 10.6 version of their operating system, the Snow Leopard.
Normally, if connecting a HFS formatted hard drive to a Windows PC, its contents would be invisible through standard tools. Specialized software, though can break this barrier and load the volumes of the drive into Windows. HFSExplorer is one of the many programs that accomplish that.
First things first, HFSExplorer does not excel through its looks, presenting a rather dull graphical user interface. You are required, from the start, to manually select the proper HFS device or choose to leave it to the automatic detection of the application. As a side note, HFSExplorer warns you that hybrid CD-ROMs with both HFS+ and ISO file systems are not supported.
The Tools menu of the program offer a set of options including the file system information, the use of file system caching as well as the disk image creation wizard or memory statistics. In the end, there is no rocket science to learn before going into HFSExplorer and start browsing your HFS-formatted hard drives.
To sum it all up, what HFSExplorer does is deliver the means for you to properly connect to a HFS drive from a Mac computer and recover its data or any other related job that it may need. With HFSExplorer, you can now access devices that you did not think you could due to the constant fight between Microsoft and Apple.
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).
HFSExplorer allows you to browse your Mac volumes with a graphical file system browser, extract files (copy to hard disk), view detailed information about the volume and create disk images from the volume.
You can use HFSExplorer to access Mac or PearPC content directly from your computers running Windows operating system.
HFSExplorer can also read most .DMG disk images created on a Mac, including ZLIB/BZIP2 compressed images and AES-128 encrypted images. It supports the partition schemes Master Boot Record, GUID Partition Table and Apple Partition Map natively.