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1.0 out of 5 stars It works great - until it corrupts your hard drive and BSoDs your computer... permanently, March 12, 2011
This review is from: MacDrive 8 For Windows (CD-ROM)
So, at first, you'll love this program. It'll let you read and write to a Mac file system, which is absolutely invaluable when you have an external hard drive that you use to ferry files back and forth between a PC at home and a Mac at the university. It'll be awesome - you'll even be able to burn Mac-specific CDs.

Then, one day, the drivers will get corrupted. This won't happen for any particular reason - just because, on this day, the MacDrive gods decided to royally screw up your day. Your external hard drive will be corrupted, too, and require a reformat. Right around now, the program will become unresponsive, the uninstaller will stop working, and it won't even register as installed on your system as far as third-party uninstallers are concerned. Then, if you ever - EVER - restart your computer for ANY reason, you'll get a wonderful 0x00000108 BSoD on boot - corrupted third party file system. Because those MacDrive drivers for Mac hard drives? Yeah, they load at boot. What happens when corrupted drivers load at boot? You bluescreen.

Startup Repair won't be able to fix the problem. System restore might, if you have a restore point before you installed the infernal thing - but usually, it works just fine for two to three months, so most people won't have that option unless they're really meticulous about their backups.

At that point, you get to use file recovery software and reinstall Windows - a process that, in my case, took two days.

Lucky you.

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But hey, who knows. Maybe you'll be one of the lucky few that it works flawlessly for, and it never, ever stops working on you, or corrupts a hard drive, or prevents your computer from booting. Sounds like half the people who use it have no problems.

How do you feel about those odds? Like leaving the stability of your system up to a coin toss?

I wouldn't risk it if I were you.
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Initial post: Oct 8, 2011 5:52:39 PM PDT
Thanks. i was trying out a test version of this program, and was starting to get annoyed by the way that it was popping up a window just as soon as my PC booted up, bugging me to buy. That's a really bad sign, obviously - it felt like spam & malware, so I decided to check out the reviews here & elsewhere, and realized that it was time to uninstall and make sure that I never buy any software from this company. Bad behavior like this has to be punished, or software companies will keep cranking out defective & deceptive products to take advantage of users.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 10:05:13 AM PDT
jdh says:
I appreciate the warning. However, it leaves me back at square one. I still don't know how to get my Bootcamp Win7 installation to be able to write (or even to fully read) my iMac's HD.

Do you think Paragon's HFS+ for Win is any better than MacDrive? (It's cheaper. I don't know if that's the good news or the bad news!) I've read warnings about that, too.
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