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: El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Lion.
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
- From Finder Window, find out and remember the NAME of the NTFS Volume (USB or External Disk) from the left side.
2. Launch Terminal (Found in Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command line.
sudo nano /etc/fstab
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.
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.
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.
- Launch Terminal (Found in Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command line.
2. Next, Enter the following command to install NTFS-3G from Homebrew
brew install homebrew/fuse/ntfs-3g
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.
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.
- 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%).
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