Why does Windows not detect my Mac formatted external hard disk using a Virtual Machine?

Gyan G April 15, 2014
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Why does Windows not detect my external hard disk that works fine on my Mac?

I’m using VMware.

  1. Bruce E
    April 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

    You need to install a new filesystem driver for HFS+ drives in your VM. Windows cannot understand the drive format. Paragon Software has HFS+ for Windows that runs around $20 and provides read-write access to both MBR and GPT drives. It works with Windows XP and later.

  2. Oron J
    April 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    If it's Mac formatted (i.e. HFS+) then it will not be readable to Windows. The PC can read NTFS (modern Windows format) as well as several versions of FAT (older and universal filing systems), but not Mac- or Linux-formatted discs.

  3. Hovsep A
    April 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    plug the drive in through an external USB 2 hub