Mac Ntfs Write – Free Solutions


Mac NTFS Write? Look at this article to see how to enable NTFS Write support on Mac for FREE in seconds. The following solutions works on All Mac OS X versions: El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks,…

Mac Ntfs Write

Why Mac OS X Can’t Write to NTFS Drives

Technically, Writing Data to different file system partition is much more complicated than Reading Data from a different file system volume. That support writing to NTFS file system without data loss leads to a massive expense to the Mac OS development and test teams. Further more, Apple may leave a chance to external Mac OS software developer to create NTFS drivers for Mac.

God blessing, use one of the following 3 solutions to Write to NTFS drive on Mac for free.

I, Manually Enable Mac NTFS Write Using Terminal

  1. From Finder Window, find out and remember the NAME of the NTFS Volume (USB or External Disk) from the left side.

NAME of the NTFS Volume

2. Launch Terminal (Found in Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command line.

sudo nano /etc/fstab

sudo nano

3. The fstab file then must be called in blank by default. You then enter the following command line.

LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

Note: The NAME must be replaced by your Drive name.

Enable Mac NTFS Write using Terminal
Enable Mac NTFS Write using Terminal

What to do if the Drive NAME contains words that are separated by a space? For example MAC NTFS WRITE, the space will stand for “\040” (MAC\040NTFS\040WRITE).

4. Press exactly Ctrl + O to save and Ctrl + X to end the Terminal.

After you unmount the NTFS Drive, then plug it into the mac again in the next time, the Volume no longer exists at the left pane side any more. To find it, From Finder window, click on Go (on the top menu), then choose Go to Folder, then enter the /Volumes. The NTFS partition must appears then, and you are able to write the Data into it.

NTFS Volume

II, Install Free NTFS Driver

NTFS-3G is the only Free NTFS driver for Mac. Take the following step to install NTFS-3G under Mac OS X.

  1. Launch Terminal (Found in Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command line.
xcode-select –install
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Click on Install button to install xcode into Mac OS X

2. Next, Enter the following command to install NTFS-3G from Homebrew

brew install homebrew/fuse/ntfs-3g
Install NTFS-3g from Homebrew to enable Mac NTFS Write for Free
Install NTFS-3g from Homebrew to enable Mac NTFS Write for Free

Be noticed: if you are doing under Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the System Integrity Protection needs to be disabled. Restart the Mac, then hold Command+R until seeing the recovery mode screen. From here, Launch the Terminal from the Utilities menu, enter the following command.

csrutil disable

3. After that, reboot the Mac. Under Mac OS X, run the Terminal again, then enter the following command lines to enable NTFS-3G.

sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.original
sudo ln -s /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs
brew uninstall ntfs-3g

Great! NTFS write support is enabled now. If you want to uninstall NTFS-3G, Look at here.

III, Using Professional NTFS Applications

There are just only 2 professional NTFS drivers for Mac: Paragon NTFS for Mac and Tuxera NTFS 2015. Both softwares support fully Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, and older OS X versions. After a few seconds for installation, user are able to write to NTFS drives on Mac with the transfer rate is the same as with the native HFS file system.

Here below are the download links of Paragon NTFS 14 and Tuxera NTFS 2015.

Paragon NTFS 14 Full Version Download

Tuxera NTFS 2015 Full Version Download

You now should have your own way to enable NTFS Support on your Mac. Leave your comments for any problems and share my article if it is supposed to be helpful on the others. Thanks,