MacDrive bridges Apple ‘Boot Camp’ gap; allows access to files on Mac disks directly from Windows

Now that Intel-based Macintosh computers can run Windows XP, users are turning to Mediafour’s MacDrive software to access files on Mac disks directly from Windows. Apple’s Boot Camp software makes Windows XP work on all Intel-based Macintosh computers, but users are frustrated that they can’t access their Mac files from Windows applications.

Mediafour’s MacDrive software provides Windows users with seamless access to files on all Mac disks. No special steps are required—with MacDrive installed, Mac disks automatically appear and act like standard Windows disks.

“Running Windows XP on the Mac is fantastic,” said Brian Landwehr, president of Mediafour in the press release. “But the lack of access to files on Mac disks is a big problem. MacDrive is a must-have for anyone running Windows XP on their Mac.”

With MacDrive installed on an Intel-based Mac, a Windows XP user can not only seamlessly read and write files on the computer’s OS X boot partition, but also files on all HFS and HFS+ disks, including external USB and FireWire drives. MacDrive also burns Mac CDs and DVDs. You can learn more about MacDrive and using Windows XP on Intel-based Macs at http://www.mediafour.com/bootcamp

MacDrive is available for purchase online at http://www.mediafour.com and from retailers nationwide for $49.95. You can also try MacDrive for free by visiting http://www.mediafour.com/macdrive

System Requirements:
MacDrive is compatible with Windows XP running on any Intel-based Macintosh computer, and also works with Windows XP, 2000, Me or 98SE running on any standard PC.

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23 Comments

  1. and so it begins…why in god’s name, would I want to access a family photo from my Mac HD? I mean seriously, I thought this whole XP on a Mac was suppose to be about doing things you can’t do on a Mac — such as AutoCad. But why would anyone want to port over pictures to XP??!! Window users, who are ignorant and cursing at there Mac will install XP — realize that they are more comfortable using what they know ( i.e. XP) — Stay using XP and briskly use Mac OS X — they will go from little tasks on XP, to everyday communication on XP and doing so will mean when it’s time to upgrade..Guess what? They hardly used OS X, was comfortable using XP, it’s time to upgrade — I’m buying a less expensive machine, minus OS X..I mean, it’s not like they even used it on there Intel Mac….this is very bad news…FOlks.

  2. EZ Mac, from my understanding Windows viruses can be in email files on a Mac, it just won’t infect your Mac. However, if you transfer those files to your Windows system, uh oh.

  3. If a virus or anything effects the OSX partition, it has NOTHING to do with OSX. Any program will see the data on the drive as PURE DATA, not OSX. So if someone write a virus to format the OSX partition, its nothing different then some one writing a virus to format your 2nd hard drive.

    Anyone who thinks that OSX isnt “secure” because of this possibility is stupid, and ignorant of reality.

  4. How about a little CONFIDENCE in OS X? There will, of course, be a FEW lunatics who prefer XP after trying both it and OS X, but NOT MANY!! If OS X is better, most users will use OS X whenever they can and XP only when they have to. Simple. Really.
    Besides, most folks who spend the $$ for a new Mac AND a full copy of XP will genuinely be interested in trying OS X. Why else buy a Mac???
    Jake

  5. If you really want to easily exchange files, make a single 3GB FAT32 partition. Just make sure you put the files you want to exchange there before you reboot. It probably won’t be a whole lot of files.

    And, if you think you will be switching back and forth a lot, use Firefox for the web and Thunderbird for your e-mail and save all the preferences/mail/bookmarks on the shared partition. Startup Firefox/Thunderbird in either OS and you will have access to your e-mail and bookmarks.

  6. Window users, who are ignorant and cursing at there Mac will install XP — realize that they are more comfortable using what they know ( i.e. XP) — Stay using XP and briskly use Mac OS X — they will go from little tasks on XP, to everyday communication on XP and doing so will mean when it’s time to upgrade..Guess what? They hardly used OS X, was comfortable using XP, it’s time to upgrade — I’m buying a less expensive machine, minus OS X..I mean, it’s not like they even used it on there Intel Mac….this is very bad news…FOlks.

    Your argument assumes the typical Windows user is able to keep their XP installation running for longer than two weeks without it getting taken down by viruses, spyware, popups and porn dialers. Good thing that’s not the case.

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