Read a Mac Formatted Pen Drive on Windows and Linux

Have you been in a trouble to use Mac formatted USB sticks on Windows or Linux?

File types has always been an issue when it comes to using different Operating Systems and we have come up with few solutions for this.

Mac OS X suports HFS and HFS+ file systems, and they are not compatible with Windows and Linux. Although Linux supports HFS and HFS+, but it is limited to read only mode.
Mac to Windows

Windows can’t even read this format. To do this for Windows, we can use HFSexplorer , it’s a free software which enables us to read and copy from the pendrive. But the only limitation is you can’t write to it. In order to write to the partition, you can use paid alternatives like Paragon and MacDrive. These lets you do everything with your partition.You can also get trial for Paragon and MacDrive, in case you want to try it or use it for limited time.
For Linux users, you can read this format by default. In order to write to the partition, you will have to install a program called ‘hfsprogs‘ and no paid alternative is needed. Follow these steps to install ‘hfsprogs’:

  1. Open the terminal and enter : sudo apt-get install hfsprogs
  2. Now it will get installed and we will remount the drive following next step.
  3. Type : sudo mount -t hfplus -o remount,force,rw /mount/point

And now you are done. Enjoy reading and writing HFS or HFS+ formatted Pen Drive on Linux.

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  1. Formatting will erase all the files on your drive, so be sure you’ve recovered your files first. To format the drive, just use the dialog that appears when you connect the drive to your computer. You can also use the Disk Management utility to erase the Mac partition and create a new partition.

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