I want a Mac hard drive accessible from Ubuntu.

Is there any way to do that? For example using MacDrive I can read Mac hard drives on Windows. Is there a similar thing for Ubuntu?

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    It should work just fine. Linux has an HFS+ file system (read-only, last I checked). Jun 21, 2012 at 4:03
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    I read somewhere if write support on HFS+ filesystem is needed journaling must be disabled on mac osx first.
    – chepe263
    Jun 21, 2012 at 4:07

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As already mentioned in the comments, Linux can read HFS+ volumes. It can also write to HFS+ volumes, but only if they're formatted without journaling.

To do this, in Disk Utility, go to the Erase tab of that specific drive and format it as follows:

Linux should be able to mount the volume without problems.

  • However that does mean that when running in OSX and you shut the machine down the next OSX start could take a long time as it needs to verify the disk
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 21, 2012 at 8:36
  • Does it? I mean, I wouldn't format the boot volume without journaling anyway, or write to it from Ubuntu – it depends on what the OP really wants to do.
    – slhck
    Jun 21, 2012 at 8:53
  • i just need to copy some content from a mac hard drive to my ubuntu 11.10 system.. i don't need to do anything fancy to make it work is what you guys are saying right? Jun 21, 2012 at 13:15
  • No, you'll be alright! @ari
    – slhck
    Jun 21, 2012 at 14:08

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