HFSExplorer 0.22 Build 1082 / 0.22.1 Build 220100 Snapshot
A lightweight, yet powerful application that can seamlessly read and extract files from Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images
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.
Reviewed by Alexandru Pintilie, last updated on September 22nd, 2014
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What's New in version 0.21.1 Build 1081
- Feature: New command line utility unhfs added which makes it possible to extract the contents of an HFS/HFS+/HFSX file system from the command line. Run unhfs.bat/unhfs.sh for instructions on how to use it.
- Feature: Ability to view and extract the contents of resource forks built into the file information dialog (will only appear if there is resource fork data in the file).
- Also available as an external program, Resource Viewer, which will appear on the start menu for Windows users, and can be accessed through the startup script
- resview.bat/resview.sh for other users.
Application descriptionHFSExplorer is an application that can read Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images.It can read the file systems HFS ...