Transferring files from Mac formatted external HD to PC?

Hello, basically I have a videographer who saved all my video files onto his mac formatted external HD, and he mailed it to me so I may transfer the files.. I do not own a mac and would like to transfer these video files to my laptop.. is there a possible way to extract without reformatting the drive?

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If you format the drive

you'll lose everything.

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I too would suggest ...

a Linux Live CD because it is also very useful for many other purposes.

If you happen to be on some limited Internet plan or dial-up then a smaller download might be a better choice. Here is a link to HFSExplorer "is an application that can read Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images.
It can read the file systems HFS (Mac OS Standard), HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) and HFSX (Mac OS Extended with case sensitive file names).

HFSExplorer allows you to browse your Mac volumes with a graphical file system browser, extract files (copy to hard disk), view detailed information about the volume and create disk images from the volume."

This file is less than 2 meg and is freeware

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If you boot a Live CD called Ubuntu

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