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How To Access Mac OSX Hard Drive From Windows 7 Computer

We had a customer come in the computer shop the other day who needed us to troubleshoot an external hard drive that was crashing his Mac OSX laptop every time he plugged the USB cable from the external hard drive in. Once he left I removed the hard drive from the external hard drive enclosure and needed to find a way to access the data from my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit laptop to verify the hard drive was functioning as expected. Use the information below to access an OSX hard drive, which is formatted either as HFS, HFS+, or HFSX, from a Windows 7 computer.