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How to format a disk to NTFS under Mac OS X

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This tutorial gives an instruction to format a disk to NTFS using Paragon NTFS 15 under MacOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Maverick, Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Lion…. format a disk to NTFS using Mac OS X Step 1: Download and install Paragon NTFS for Mac 15. Paragon NTFS for Mac costs $19.95 and offers a ten-day free trial. Just right now, you can go to Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 discount page (coupon applied) to gain 25% OFF on purchase from Paragon Software store. Step 2: Launch Paragon NTFS 15 from System Preferences Step 3: Select the Disk you want to format to NTFS from the left side, then click on Erase button Select Disk to Format to NTFS Step 4: Choose NTFS format Choose NTFS format Step 5: Click on  button to start formatting the targeted disk to NTFSStart formating Disk to NTFS on Mac After a few seconds, the disk will be formatted to NTFS completely. Here we share Tuxera NTFS 2015 (RC 030740) Full version for FREE  

Mac NTFS – FREE solutions

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This article shows you how to enable NTFS Write support on a Mac for FREE in seconds. The following solutions works on All Mac OS X versions: MacOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Maverick, Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Lion.

NTFS for Mac
NTFS for Mac

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, it is able use one of the following 3 solutions to Write to NTFS drive (USB or External Hard Drive) on Mac for free.

I, Manually Enable Mac NTFS Write Using Terminal in OS X

  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
NTFS for Mac

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 the NTFS Drive is unmounted (you take it off), 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 NTFS-3G, a Free NTFS Driver for Mac

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
Click on Install button to install xcode into mac os x
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 for Mac support must be enabled now. If you want to uninstall NTFS-3G, Look at here.

III, Use Professional NTFS Driver

Paragon NTFS For Mac 15 is the best NTFS Driver for Mac. It support fully Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, and older OS X versions.

NTFS

  • Beats down the barriers between Windows and Mac® OS!
  • Effectively solves the communication problems between the Mac® system and NTFS.
  • Providing full read&write access to Windows NTFS partitions under Mac® OS X.
  • Excellent solution for end users, SOHO and the Enterprise.
After a few seconds for installation, users are able to write to any NTFS drives on Mac with the transfer rate is the same as with the native HFS file system. The Driver costs user just $19.95 for 1 license that can be used on 1 Mac, $49.95 for 3 licenses that can be used on 3 Macs ($58.95 You Save 15%), and $74.95 for 5 licenses that can be used on 5 Macs ($99.75 You Save 25%).

How to install NTFS-3G

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install NTFS-3G Look at the following instruction to see how easy to install NTFS-3G, a best free NTFS driver for Mac, in MacOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Maverick,…

Mac Ntfs Write – Free Solutions

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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: MacOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Maverick, Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Lion….

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
Click on Install button to install xcode into mac os x
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

It is revealed  that NTFS For Mac 15 must be the best and fastest professional NTFS Driver for Mac and would save your day. Here is the 25% OFF discount link on purchase from Paragon software.

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,

Ntfs-3g download – Get the latest version 2019

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Ntfs-3G Download – In this topic we share the direct download link of latest NTFS-3G 2019. This is important since if you install the old versions, it may not work stably and does not support the new MacOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra,…
Ntfs 3g download
Ntfs-3G Download
There are too many online sources which share downloadable NTFS-3G since it is an open-source and not either released or responsible by any official organizations. This leads to unsafe things on those who are not be wise in choosing a trusted resource to download this free ntfs drive.

Download Latest NTFS-3G 2019

The latest stable version is ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs-2017.3.23, released on March 28, 2017.
ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs-2017.3.23 (2).tgz   (download)
1.20 MB
How to install NTFS 3G? Take a look on our another topic here.

How to uninstall and remove Paragon NTFS completely on Mac

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Uninstall paragon NTFS 14 Too many mac users has searched for how to uninstall and remove Paragon NTFS 15 completely in Mac OS X. Here is how to do.

How to uninstall and remove NTFS-3G completely from Mac

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Uninstall NTFS-3G Install NTFS-3G, it’s are able to read and write to NTFS drivers. By reasons, many mac users want to delete it. Look at the following steps to uninstall and remove NTFS-3G completely from Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Maverick,….

Top 4 best alternatives to NTFS-3G

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Here is the list of the best (Paid & Free) 4 NTFS-3G alternatives that may help to solve your case if you are looking for a best solution to read/write to NTFS drives under Mac OS X. ntfs-3g alternatives

Free Alternatives to NTFS-3G

1. Mounty for NTFS

Mounty for NTFSBy installing Mounty for NTFS app, users will be notified if there is any volume connected to the computer which is NTFS formatted and ready to re-mount in read-write mode. This simple utility does not support Yosemite and El Capitan and all NTFS versions.

2. NTFS Mounter

NTFS Mounter This is absolutely a free NTFS driver for Mac. It is a simple utility which is designed to mount NTFS volumes in read/write mode. This app does not work with bootcamp volume and Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan. It is recommend for Snow Leopard users only.

Paid NTFS-3G Alternatives

There are only 2 Paid NTFS drives: Paragon NTFS 14 and Tuxera NTFS 2015.

3. Paragon NTFS 15

NTFS Base on too many reviews on internet, Paragon NTFS is revealed to be the best NTFS software for Mac OS X. It effectively makes users able to fully either read or write to NTFS Partitions mounted by USBs or External Hard Drivers in NTFS format. It is fully compatible with Apple’s new security policy ensuring fast, hassle-free and safe access to NTFS partitions from OS X 10.x. Paragon NTFS 15 works perfect in MacOS Sierra, El Capitan, supports well other software such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. From the Purchase page, The Driver costs user just $19.95 for 1 license that can be used on 1 Mac, $49.95 for 3 licenses that can be used on 3 Macs ($58.95 You Save 15%), and $74.95 for 5 licenses that can be used on 5 Macs ($99.75 You Save 25%). 4. Tuxera NTFS 2018 Tuxera NTFS 2015 Tuxera NTFS is actually developed from the a free-open source, NTFS-3G driver. It is designed to make Mac OS X compatible with NTFS Drivers. By using this commercial software, mac users have the right to read or write data from any USBs or External Hard Drivers in NTFS format. However, this app does not really work stably and commonly causes problems with transferring a big number of files and large volume data size. Especially, too many users have reporting an nightmare error of “Tuxera NTFS could not mount”. Download Tuxera NTFS 2018 Full version.

Your Pick

Hopefully, my topic would be helpful on you guys in selecting a good NTFS software instead of NTFS-3G. Cheers!

NTFS-3G could not mount – Fix

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NTFS-3G could not mount” becomes a nightmare error since the number of mac users using NTFS-3G, the only free NTFS driver, increases steadily. Look at the following article to see the causes and solutions to fix. NTFS-3G cound not mount error

Recognize the error

Your circumstance is probably different. However, the error notification commonly begins with “NTFS-3G could not mount / dev / disk1s1 at /Volumes/…” after your NTFS driver plugged in.

The causes

Technically, this happens due to your current NTFS-3G does not support the NTFS versions associated with the driver. In other-words, you either did not install the latest NTFS-3G or installed the combination of Fuse, NTFS-3G and Fuse-wait in a right way.

Solutions to Fix NTFS-3G could not mount error

We would recommend uninstall the current NTFS-3G then reinstall the latest version in a right way. After above solutions, that the problem remains the same is normal due to the very low compatibility of this application since NTFS-3G is a free open-source and contributed by hundreds of Linux distributions such as Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE and Ubuntu. So, the best solution is switching to a professional NTFS driver for mac such as Paragon NTFS for Mac 15, the best professional NTFS driver for Mac OS X.

MacOS Sierra NTFS – Write to NTFS drives on Mac using Disk utility and Terminal

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Read and write to NTFS drives on Yosemite
Read and write to NTFS drives on MacOS Sierra – Free solution
MacOS Sierra NTFS write support? Without knowledge of Linux, I will make it easy in steps to Write to NTFS disks by using a combination of Disk Utility and Terminal command lines in Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The following solution must work well on OS X 10.11 El Capitan.