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

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.

Write to NTFS Partitions on Sierra using Disk utility and Terminal

  1. Firstly, plug the NTFS Driver (USB or external HDD under NTFS format) into your Mac, then use Disk Utility (found in Application/Utilities) to check the “Universal Unique Identifier” ID of the disk.
  • From Disk utility penal, right mouse on the targeted NTFS volume –> Select Information

Disk utility and NTFS Disk

  • Copy the “Universal Unique Identifier

Universal Unique Identifier

2. Enable Write to NTFS Drive via Terminal

  • Open Terminal (Found in Application/Utilities), then enter the following command line
sudo nano /etc/fstab
  • Type your administrator password when you are required.

Administrator Password

  • The Terminal – bash window will come up. Enter the following command line (remember Universal Unique Identifier must be replaced by the code copied from step 1)
UUID=Universal Unique Identifier none ntfs rw
UUID=Universal Unique Identifier
Mount NTFS drive under OS X Yosemite for fully read/write access
  • You may be asked again for the administrator password. After that you can go back to Disk Utility to Unmount then Mount the NTFS disk to see if it is able to read and write to NTFS Disk.

Able to read and write to NTFS Disk

This free solution must work on all versions of Mac OS X.

You can download Yosemite Disk Utility if Disk Utility in Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan is different from the above tutorial.

The above steps need to be repeated all the time a new NTFS Drive is plugged into the Mac.

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