Many people who have the extra spare cash choose to splurge on a Mac because they are reportedly better. Whether you believe Mac is winning the battle against PC or not, Apple is nice enough to include an option that let’s Mac owners dual boot Windows. You can get that done through a neat program called ‘Bootcamp.’ The Bootcamp software works wonders for swapping content and files over from the Windrows to the Mac with ease, because let’s face it: most of us started off with a Windows and will end up switching over to the Mac. However, the Bootcamp doesn’t allow for when it comes to reading and writing permissions.

The reason for that isn’t to make life difficult between Windows and Mac users, bur rather because of the separate partitions each OS is sitting on. The Mac’s HFS+ format doesn’t work well with the NTFS from Windows. There’s another way we have to get that to happen by using some external software.

While it is true that this is a problem that’s been around for many years and it does have a number of solutions, most of them are difficult to a non-tech type just looking to get the job done. Today, I’ll show you two easy ways to get the same things done. One is a paid program while the other is free to download from CNET. You can also find other third-party sources for the same HFSExplorer program. Furthermore, there’s another advantage of using the HFSExplorer: it can open in a password protected Mac computer.

HOW TO READ/WRITE FILES ON WINDOWS FOR MAC OS X

1. Download MacDrive from MediaFour.

2. Choose to either ‘try’ or ‘buy’ now from the link on the first page.

3. Wait for the installation to complete and open the program on the desktop.

4. Now you can simply drag and drop the contents from the Mac’s drive to the Windows.

Since the above way if only a free trial and many people don’t have the money toi pay, there’s a free alternative called HFSExplorer. Once downloaded, you can move files from the Mac drive over to the Windows in the same manner.