With macOS High Sierra, Apple introduced its new file system called APFS (Apple File System) for Mac computers. APFS replaced the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) as the default file system for solid-state drives and other flash storage devices.
When macOS High Sierra is installed on an SSD, the drive is automatically converted to the APFS. Reports are coming in that the new macOS Mojave automatically converts not just SSDs but also hard drives to APFS when users upgrade from High Sierra to Mojave.
As you know, Windows 11 and Windows 10 do not support APFS by default. We need to install third-party file system drivers to open files in APFS drives. The rule doesn’t apply if you have installed Windows in dual boot with macOS on a Mac using Boot Camp, as the required file system drivers are automatically installed by Boot Camp.
If you need to open an APFS drive, unfortunately, currently, there is no free software out there that can help you open APFS drives in Windows 11/10 for free! However, you can use the trial copy of the software mentioned below to access APFS drives in Windows 11/10.
APFS for Windows by Paragon Software
APFS for Windows by Paragon Software is one of the software that you can use to access APFS in Windows 11 and earlier versions. By installing APFS for Windows, you will be able to view, read, and write drives formatted with APFS.
The APFS for Windows, although it is not free, offers an 8-day trial. If you often need to access APFS drives in Windows 11/10, you better buy a copy of this software!
MacDrive APFS is another software around to help you access APFS formatted drives in Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 7. The catch, however, is that it can give you only read access to APFS drives. So, if you need both read and write access, Paragon APFS for Windows is the ideal solution for you.
Like Paragon APFS for Windows, MacDrive APFS is also not free. You can download the 5-day full trial copy by visiting the developer’s page.
UFS Explorer Standard Access
UFS Explorer Standard Access is yet another commercial software out there to help you access files located in APFS drives. In addition to Windows 7 and Windows 8, UFS Explorer Standard Access supports Windows 10 as well.