Last updated: May 23, 2023

Linux Reader: Free HFS Reader on Windows

Use Linux Reader to access HFS-formatted disks on WIndows for free!

What is HFS?

HFS (Hierarchical File System) was created by Apple. This file system is so old that it was used in floppy disks and CD-ROMs. Now it can be found in computer systems running MacOS.

HFS+ is the next file system after HFS, also developed by Apple for its devices. HFS+ uses journaling and runs on MacOS X.

Linux Reader - HFS reader

Why you need an HFS reader

If you have a Mac hard drive, but you need to open it on Windows, this can be a problem, since Windows does not read such drives.

Sometimes, you need to be able to boot up with different OSs (Windows and Mac), and you have two options: switch to the exFAT file system, which can be quite difficult; or just download the free DiskInternals Linux Reader application and forget about this problem.

Of course, the choice is obvious: DiskInternals Linux Reader is what you need.

What you shouldn't do

On a Windows system, when you open a Mac disk, you will definitely get a message saying that you need to format the disk. But, for your data security, do not format the disk. This rash act can lead to the loss of all data.

Until the data is ejected from the disk, do not take any harmful actions.

Use Linux Reader as HFS reader

DiskInternals Linux Reader provides secure read-only access to the source disk. The utility bypasses file security policies, so you can read access to any file on the Linux disk. This program is unique, as it is not only one of a kind, but also absolutely free. With this program, you can read files from all types of hard drives, including memory cards, SSDs, flash drives and others. Creating a disk image is also possible to do for free. WIth a disk image, you will always be safe and no system malfunctions will hinder you.

How to use Linux Reader for HFS (HFS+):

First attach the drive and then run Linux Reader. Now double-click the left mouse button to select a disk. The disk will open and you can enjoy viewing your files.

Linux Reader as HFS reader for non-physical drives

If you use non-physical disks, you also have the option to open files using DiskInternals Linux Reader:

  • If you have a disk image:

After you open the application, select the Disks tab. Next, mount the disk image by clicking on the “Mount Image” button (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + M).

Open the RAW disk image and click on the “Next” button.

Go to this image. After that, attach it and update the list of disks in the software (press F2).

  • When using dual boot:

Open DiskInternals Linux Reader and select the disk by double-clicking on it with the left mouse button and it will open.

Read HFS disks with other DiskInternals products

You can perform read HFS disks with other DiskInternals products, such as:

Once you make your choice, feel free to download the application and use it in practice.


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