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Paragon offers free HFS+ for Windows 8

Paragon Software Group has released a new Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8/8.1 Free Edition, a driver that enables Windows to read and write to Mac-formatted drive storage. The software adds support for HFS+ and HFSX partitions to Windows, and is compatible with Apple's Boot Camp drivers for users running Windows on their Macs.

The company claims high read/write performance, and support of automounting and management though the use of a Disk Management console. The software also supports USB 3.0 devices. Mac invisible files and folders -- those starting with a dot (.) at the beginning of the file name -- are also shown as hidden in Windows.

The free version is for "non-commercial use" and is limited to Windows 8 and 8.1. For earlier versions of Windows, the company offers a commercial product Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 ($20). Paragon also offers a commercial bundle ($90) that business that includes 5 licenses for Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X and 5 licenses for Paragon HFS+ for Windows.