MacDrive Standard and Pro are now available

md_setupWe are pleased to announce the release of MacDrive Standard and Pro. Both versions add new features including support for Boot Camp systems with unencrypted Core Storage Mac partitions and support for disks with multiple RAID partitions.

The update will be available through MacDrive auto update system or you can download from the MacDrive support pages.

MacDrive 101: Why do I need MacDrive?

All hard drives look the same, so why can’t Windows computers read Mac-formatted drives?

harddriveThe question seems simple enough, but while hard drives look the same on the outside, they are very different on the inside and even utilize different file systems.

What is a File System?
When a hard drive is formatted, a file system is placed on the disk in order to organize the data that will be stored on the drive. You can think of a file system as an index or a roadmap that contains the physical location of all of the data stored on the drive.

There are many types of file systems and each is used for different reasons. Three of the most common types of file systems are NTFS, FAT and HFS. NTFS and FAT file systems are primarily used on Windows computers, while HFS is used on Apple computers. While all file systems serve the same purpose, each file system organizes the data on a drive in very different ways. As a result, Windows doesn’t understand how the data is organized on a Mac disk, and can’t access your files. To use files on a Mac disk in Windows computer you need a bridge–something to help Windows understand HFS. This is where MacDrive comes in.

So How Does MacDrive Work?
MacDrive is a file system driver that enables Windows to access HFS and HFS+ disks. With MacDrive installed, Windows is able to understand the Mac disk and use the disk as if it were a PC disk. You can not only read file stored on the disk, but also save changes directly back to the Mac disk. When you use the files on a Mac disk, MacDrive makes sure that your disk stays organized as an HFS disk, so when it’s time to go back to a Mac, your files are ready and waiting.

mac_win_hd_iconsWe’ve engineered MacDrive to be almost invisible. We do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, so you don’t have to “start” anything to make MacDrive work. Plug in your drive and it will appear in Windows Explorer and all of your applications, just like any other Windows drive. You will know it’s Mac-formatted because MacDrive places a little red apple in front of the drive icon. With MacDrive, you can use any Mac disk just like it’s a normal PC disk.

When you’re done with the disk, eject it and use it on a Mac or another MacDrive-ready Windows PC.
If you have any questions – including tips or tricks on how you use MacDrive – please feel free to drop us a note.

To learn more about file systems check out these articles:
Wikipedia Articles on File Systems

File Systems HFS FAT NTFS

Introducing Media SOS and the end of XPlay

We love the iPod.

When the first iPod was released in 2001, it was only usable if you owned a Mac. As Windows users, we wanted it too. So we adapted our MacDrive technology to create XPlay, the very first application to bring the iPod to Windows.

XPlay was a tremendous success–now everyone, Mac and Windows users alike–could enjoy the iPod. Later, after Apple (finally) released iTunes for Windows, many users preferred XPlay’s more integrated approach to iPod management.

Times have changed iTunes has matured and become a great manager of your music and a very easy way to purchase content for your iOS devices. However, the explosion of affordable devices–including iPods, Android devices, smartphones, and tablets–has created an entirely new problem. While it’s easy to purchase and move content to your devices, getting that that content back to your computer is almost impossible.

What if you upgrade your phone, and you need to grab important photos from your old phone? What if your computer dies, and your phone or tablet has the only remaining copy of your purchased music?

Enter Media SOS We listened to you, our customer, and created Media SOS–the easiest way to copy music, photos and videos from your phone, tablets, and other portable devices. Media SOS just asks a couple of simple questions–in three easy steps, your content is safely back on your computer.

We also made Media SOS smart–it automatically skips content that’s already on your computer, so you don’t end up with duplicates. Media SOS even digs deep into your device and finds lost music that you might not even know is there.

We’re proud of Media SOS. As XPlay moves aside for Media SOS, we continue our tradition of creating incredibly easy-to-use software that solves real-world problems. Our team works hard, so you don’t have to.

Go Pro with MacDrive Pro


Introducing MacDrive 9 Pro

MacDrive has become the standard for sharing Mac-formatted disks with Windows. Now, take your file sharing to the next level with MacDrive 9 Pro for Windows.

Apple RAID for Windows

For the first time ever, Windows users can access Apple RAID sets straight from their PC. Professionals and power users that need improved performance and reliability have used Apple RAID for years, and now with MacDrive Pro, those disks can be shared with Windows. MacDrive Pro opens up a whole new realm of cross-platform computing.

Everything you love about MacDrive and more!

For over 15 years, MacDrive has enabled PC users to access Mac disks in Windows. MacDrive Pro includes all of MacDrive Standard’s features, including fast and reliable control of all your Mac disks. You can open, edit, save and even format, partition and repair Mac disks. MacDrive Pro builds on MacDrive’s standard features and gives you more power and more tools to get your work done faster and easier.

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MacDrive 101: How to view a Mac hard drive from Windows

md9_100Your computer’s hard drives are like big file cabinets. They are used to store all the information on your computer, including photos, music, programs, etc. In order to keep track of all of this information, you computer needs a map of where everything is located. This “map” is called a file system.

What is a file system? Do I need one? There are many types of file systems. While they all serve the same basic purpose, they do it in different ways. In order for your computer to use a particular hard drive, it must understand the file system used on that drive.

The two most common file systems understood by Windows computers are called NTFS and FAT32. The Mac uses a very different file system, called HFS+. Unfortunately, Windows does not understand the HFS+ file system.

MacDrive to the rescue MacDrive makes your Windows computer smarter by teaching it to understand the Mac’s file system. Once installed, MacDrive gives you full access to your Mac disks from anywhere in Windows. You can see all of your files, and work with them directly from your Windows programs. You can even save them right back to the Mac disk. You don’t need to turn anything on or learn anything new–MacDrive works invisibly in the background, and is there when you need it.

It really is that simple. MacDrive just makes your Windows computer a little smarter.

You can try MacDrive for free or purchase a copy at the OWC Software Store.

Next MacDrive 101: Creating Mac disks from Windows

Introducing Ready, Aim, Drop!

Ready, Aim, Drop! is now available, making it easy to turn your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a portable hard drive.

Most people bring their iDevices—iPad, iPhone and iPod touch—with them everywhere and charge and sync them with their computers. The portability of the devices make them ideal portable solutions for transferring both large and small files. With Ready, Aim, Drop!, transferring data files is now painless.

[frame_right][/frame_right] With Ready, Aim, Drop! installed on your Windows computer, a “Target” icon appears on your desktop giving you the ability to easily transfer files to your iDevice. Simply drag files onto the target icon and they are transferred. If multiple devices are attached, Ready, Aim, Drop! allows you to copy files to each specific device.

In addition, your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch will show up as a drive in Explorer making it easy to open, copy and delete files on your device.

“We wanted to make it extremely simple to move files on and off your iPad and iPhone,” said Rick Rockhold, Mediafour CEO. “Why carry a thumb drive or external hard drive? Your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch can replace those and Ready, Aim, Drop! makes it extremely easy.”

Ready, Aim, Drop! is available now at for $9.99 for two licenses or $14.99 for five licenses. A fully functional 10-day trial version is also available. Upon expiration, the trial version can still be used in reader-mode, enabling you to view files on your device, copy files off and delete files.

MacDrive user: The Baltimore Ravens

It takes more than putting athletes on the field to build a winning sports franchise. You must also put together an entertaining package that draws fans young and old.

In Baltimore, they are succeeding not only on the field, but off the field with their award-winning Rave-TV.

ravenslogoRave-TV is the Baltimore Ravens in-house broadcasting arm that produces weekly shows such as the Ravens Report and Ravens Wired. The team includes director of broadcasting administration Don DiRaddo, broadcasting manager Lauryn Lukin, and production assistant Jay O’Brien. Rave-TV has won nine Emmy awards for their work.

Recently, the Ravens made a significant shift in their production workflow moving from video tapes to a tapeless recording system utilizing both PC and Mac-formatted drives. Thanks to MacDrive, this has been an easy transition.

“This season is our first utilizing tapeless media and our workflow needs to be as fast as an NFL game,” said production assistant Jay O’Brien. “We constantly use MacDrive to transfer video data between Mac & PC-formatted drives without a hitch.”

Prior to using MacDrive, workflow throughout the studio was a nightmare. Video was brought in on various drives and accessing the video was hit and miss, since the staff did not always know what format of drive they were being given. Some drives were PC and readable on the editing systems and others, Mac-formatted drives, were not accessible at all.

“With MacDrive, we don’t even have to think about how a drive is formatted, saving us time and frustration”, said O’Brien.

MacDrive user: Sumuri Forensic

Sumuri LLC opened for business to provide forensic training, services and products relating to the preservation, examination and reporting of digital evidence.

Sumuri was founded by Steve Whalen, CFCE who has a wide range of experience and expertise relating to digital evidence. Whalen was co-founder of Forward Discovery, Inc., founder of Phoenix Data Group LLC, a 15 year veteran of the Delaware State Police, developer of the popular Macintosh Forensic Survivor Courses, Cellebrite Forensic Training and Certification Course, a popular free forensic boot CD and toolset in addition to developing several other courses which are taught worldwide.

The name “Sumuri” is an old Tagalog word which can be interpreted as “to investigate” or “analyze”.

The heart of Sumuri consists of simple core values that should exist in any company but is hard to find in today’s business models. Core values such as honor, integrity, loyalty, positive attitude, dedication and most important above all – altruism. Altruism – the desire to help, serve and care for others first before yourself. Many companies may start out with values such as these but they are quickly forgotten as time goes on. Too many times we have seen companies grow larger and forget about the customer who they are serving.

Sumuri realizes that the customer is most important about what they do as a company. The customer is the reason that the company exists and Sumuri’s unparalleled commitment is to make sure the customer is provided with the best training, products and services that they can bestow. Sumuri does not want you to become just a number in a database or list. They want you to become part of their family.

Sumuri’s team consists of members who exude their core values and are among the top experts in the fields of digital evidence, computer forensics and information security. Sumuri instructors have taught worldwide for military, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as civilian corporate investigators. Each is an accomplished and experienced instructor, examiner and practitioner, having conducted hundreds of examinations for both law enforcement and civil institutions alike.

XPlay 3.5.1 update is now available

What’s new in XPlay 3.5.1?

  • Fixed: Compatibility with iTunes 9.1
  • Fixed: Album art changes not working reliably
  • Fixed: Context menus in “Recent Music Purchases” don’t work
  • Fixed: Compatibility with Windows 7 Starter Edition
  • Fixed: “Support Information” link not working reliably
  • Fixed: High processor usage when iTunes isn’t installed
  • Fixed: Various connectivity issues with iPod touch and iPhone
  • Fixed: Compatibility with 3rd-generation (and older) iPods
  • Fixed: Copying songs between iPods can lose tag information (Windows 7)
  • Fixed: iPod tray icon not showing reliably
  • Fixed: Copying songs from the iPod doesn’t create correct folder structure (64-bit Windows)
  • Fixed: Various fixes and minor improvements

MacDrive 8.0.5 update is now available

What’s new in MacDrive 8.0.5?

  • Fixed: Interaction with Mac-formatted FireWire drives on Windows 7
  • Fixed: Incorrect identification of CD/DVD drive when disk corruption was detected
  • Fixed: MacDrive Disk Manager handling of hard drives greater than 4TB
  • Fixed: Problems that occurred when changing the drive letter of a Mac-formatted hard drive
  • Fixed: Unresponsive system after writing to some removable drives and then shutting down
  • Fixed: Problems resuming from sleep with an external (USB & FireWire), Mac-formatted disk
  • Improved: Mounting and unmounting DMG files
  • Improved: Working with Time Machine backups with very deep folder structures