MacDrive 10.4.0.1 update is now available

We a pleased to announce the release of MacDrive 10.4.0.1. This update adds support for Server 2016 and various bug fixes.

You can download the update to MacDrive 10 Standard and Pro here:  http://www.mediafour.com/support/macdrive/macdrivechangelog/

Also, if you haven’t upgraded from a older version of MacDrive, we do offer discounts for previous version. Please visit our online store to see your upgrade options: http://www.mediafour.com/shop/softwareupgrades.

MacDrive 10.3.0.4 update is now available

What’s new in MacDrive 10.3.0.4?

Fixed: System crash when trying to mount a corrupt volume.
Fixed: Mounting Mac OS partitions on Boot Camp systems in some situations

MacDrive 10.2.4 update is now available

What’s new in MacDrive 10.2.4?

Added: Ability to manipulate Windows partitions on mixed-partition disks in Windows Disk Manager
Added: Ability to delete Mac partitions in Windows Disk Manager (GPT and MBR partitions only)

MacDrive 10.2.0 update is now available

What’s new in MacDrive 10.2.0?

Added Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.
Fixed issues that could cause main window to crash

MacDrive 10.1.0.65 update is now available

What’s new in MacDrive 10.1.0.65?

Added: Disk Aware is now built-in to MacDrive—a separate install and license is not needed.
Fixed: On some systems, MacDrive main window crashes when starting.
Fixed: System hang when coping folders that originated in a Dropbox folder.

MacDrive 10.0.3.15 update is now available

What’s new in MacDrive 10.0.3.15?
  • Added: Support for RAID disks with 4K sectors
  • Added: MacDrive now gives more information about unusable disks
  • Added: Better error recovery
  • Fixed: Reformatting a disk doesn’t refresh the MacDrive window

Service after the sale

supportA lot of companies promise to be there after the sale, but when you need support for a product you purchased they disappear. At Mediafour we look at support a little bit differently. If you are having an issue with our software, then it isn’t your problem, it’s ours.

Take a look at our March Support Snapshot….

Calling all NAB attendees

Headed to the big show in Las Vegas?

nab2015We know you’ll be gathering all kinds of swag and chotchkies in Vegas, but what about your poor, workhorse computer back home?

Fear not, we’ve got you covered. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on MacDrive 9 Standard and Pro to all NAB 2015 attendees. It’s super easy to get the deal – send us a photo of your show badge and we’ll send you a discount code for MacDrive.

Its a win-win situation and that’s something that doesn’t happen often on a trip to Vegas!

Hurry though, this offer is only valid until April 30, 2015.

MacDrive 9.3.2.6 Standard and Pro are now available

md_setupWe are pleased to announce the release of MacDrive 9.3.2.6 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