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I have installed Windows 7 onto my Macbook using Boot Camp, but i find the whole experience very quiet seeing I cannot access my music that resides on the OS X partition. Is there software out there that allows me to read (and maybe write) OS X file systems?

Although free is always proffered, as long as it isn't expensive, I am not against forking out a couple bucks to buy quality software.

It would be very good if the partition would show up the same as any other partition so I can navigate it using Explorer or any other software.

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MacDrive is what you're after. It's $50 for a CD or Download if that's within your budget, I can guarantee it's quality software.

For a free alternative as already mentioned, HFSExplorer works well, but it will not integrate like any other disk as you prefer.

If you are running Windows 7 under Boot Camp however, OS X 10.6 will include HFS drivers with Boot Camp to read OS X partitions from Windows.

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You are looking for HFSExplorer: http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/hfsx.html

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worth noting that HFSExplorer is read-only for HFS partitions. –  John T Jul 18 '09 at 10:57

The version of Boot Camp that comes with Snow Leopard will contain HFS+ drivers for Windows. Rather than buy additional utilities, you might prefer to wait for the upgrade.

"Boot Camp now includes HFS+ read support that enables you to access the files on your Mac OS X partition from Windows. It’s read-only to prevent PC viruses from affecting Mac OS X, but you can easily save your work to your Windows partition and access it later from Mac OS X."

From http://www.apple.com/macosx/refinements/enhancements-refinements.html

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HFS+ for Windows from Paragon is a read/write driver. It's only $19.99, so it may a good alternative to a more expensive MacDrive. I used their NTFS driver for Mac, and it worked fine.

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