How can I get my PC to read Mac files?

Episode 1319 (1:01:08)

Brett from Tacoma, WA
MacBook Pro

Brett built his own PC and he's trying to move files from his old Mac. But his Passbook external drive doesn't see all of the files from his Mac. Leo says that's because Mac and PC use different file formats. Macs can read PC files, but Windows can't read Mac's HFS+ file system. So to be cross platform, he'll need to format the hard drive to FAT32.

There are Windows programs, however, that can read HFS+ programs. Paragon is one that Leo has used for years. It's $20 with a 10 day free trial. A free option is HFS Explorer from Catacombae. It's written in Java.