Buy an Intel-based Mac and it’s easy to have Mac OS X and Windows 7 booting on the same computer. Sharing drives between Macs and PCs is still a problem, though, as Mac OS X can natively only read NTFS drives, while Windows can’t see Mac HFS+ partitions at all.
Paragon Software have a straightforward solution to this problem, though, in the shape of their HFS for Windows package. Install this, reboot, and Windows will immediately be able to find HFS+ partitions, giving you the ability to access them in Explorer and Windows, just like any other drive.
While this sounds like it might be complicated, it really isn’t. Paragon achieve this magic through a file system driver, which means all the clever stuff happens behind the scenes, no setup or configuration required. Install the program and it just works.
Normally you’d pay $39.95 for this, as a component of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X, but Paragon have generously decided to give away 50,000 HFS for Windows licences – and so the program could now be yours for the much more reasonable price of nothing at all. Hurry on over to the HFS for Windows 7.5 page (or go here for the 64-bit version) to grab your copy.