RECOMMENDATIONS FOR READING AND WRITING NTFS FROM MAC OS X

How to Write to NTFS Drives on a Mac? One of the recommendations we give users of the Mac OS X operating system to manipulate the removable drives openly; or partitions with the NTFS file system belonging to Microsoft is to acquire software with the drivers for NTFS from another company or manufacturer. This method one of the best options since they are simple to configure them and other options require a level of knowledge much more advanced for the end user.

If you do a make a Boot Camp partition, this is a creative and appropriate way to do it because of these partitions in the Windows operating system work in NTFS. Another option for external drives is to use the exFAT file system as it is compatible with both Mac OSX ™ and Microsoft Windows ™ operating systems.

The 3 Options for writing NTFS drives on a Mac

Here I will show you three options to achieve the goal:

  1. Use Professional NTFS drivers: There are NTFS drivers offered by other companies for all Mac users, they are easy to install and meet all the requirements for their operation. Note that these drivers are payments but are a good option as they offer excellent performance, unlike free drivers.
  2. Use Free NTFS driver: There are several free NTFS drivers offered by third parties that are compatible with MAC and that when installed them allow writing support. Most of those open source solutions do not perform very well as they do, and in some cases work slowly, they require a more experienced user level.
  3. Apple’s Experimental NTFS-Write Support: I don’t recommend this option as it is not 100% guaranteed to work. Mac OS X has experimental support for writing to NTFS, but it is disabled and requires opening the terminal to enable it, we recommend that you do not enable it, at least be sure to do so, may already result in problems in your system.

PAY FOR THE THIRD – PARTY DRIVERS

Paragon ™ NTFS for Mac is compatible with Apple’s security policy, ensuring secure, hassle-free and fast access to NTFS partitions.

NTFS for Mac 14 provides mac users with Unlimited access to NTFS volumes in macOS Sierra!

  • Full read/write access to NTFS partitions under OS X
  • Unprecedented high NTFS performance
  • Verify, repair and format options
  • Easy to use
  • NEW Support for macOS 10.12 Sierra

It is priced approximately $ 22 and offers 30 days free trial. The driver ensures advanced compatibility of NTFS file systems and provides fast and transparent read and write access to any NTFS partition in Mac OS X (including MacOS Sierra). This driver is very good and worth the price. Just right now, it is able to go to Paragon NTFS discount page (Coupon applied) and gain 25% OFF on purchase from Paragon-Software store.

Now if you own a Seagate ™ hard drive, you do not have to buy it since this company offers a free download of Paragon NTFS for the Mac OSX ™ operating system.

Another option is to acquire Tuxera NTFS. This unlike Paragon is more expensive as it has other more advanced options and for better user comfort and the lapse to try it for free is for 14 days.

FREE NTFS DRIVERS – It’s obviously Free, But Takes Some Extra Work

To make them work the first thing to do is to install oxfuse. Installing the free third-party drivers takes a bit of extra work because you have to disable system security and after you finish installing it you have to re-enable it.

install osxfuse

Then, if your Mac does not have Homebrew, you must download and install it. You will need tool and commands, but if you have not already installed it you can do the following:
Open a terminal from applications> utilities, then enter the following command lines:

xcode-select –install

Install xcode

2. Run from the terminal window for the installation of ntfs-3g from Homebrew:

brew install homebrew/fuse/ntfs-3g

3. You can then disable System Integrity Protection: Restart your Mac and press the Command + R keys while booting > From the utility menu, start a terminal and execute the command:

csrutil disable

disable system integrity protection

Then restart your Mac one more time.

4. Once started the Mac from the desktop open a terminal window and execute the following commands to make ntfs-3g function:

sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.original
sudo ln -s /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs

5. Re-enable System Integrity Protection, restart the Mac and hold down the Command + R keys while you are booting to start it in recovery mode. Launch a terminal in recovery mode, then enter the following command line.
6. Lastly, To finish restart the Mac and the NTFS write support should be working properly.

APPLE NTFS EXPERIMENTAL WRITING SUPPORT – The Least Stable, we do not strongly recommend

This method is one of the least stable, and we do not recommend its use since it most likely does not work in the best way, and you can get to experience problems on your Mac.

This method is one of the least stable, and we do not recommend its use since it most likely does not work in the best way, and you can get to experience problems on your Mac.

Steps to follow

Firstly, to make it easier, your USB drive should me named by a single-word label. If it doesn’t, change its label.

  • Then launch a terminal: You must go to Applications> Utilities> Terminal or press Command + Space, type Terminal and press Enter.
  • You should then use the following command:
sudo nano /etc/fstab
  • Then add the following line to nano, replacing “NAME” with the label of your Drive’s label.
LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse


  • Press Ctrl + O to save the file, and then press Ctrl + X to close nano, You now are able to Write to the NTFS disk
  • When you plug the NTFS Drive next times, the Volume will no longer appear at the left pane side. How to find it? From Finder window –> Click on Go (on the top menu) –> Choose Go to Folder –> enter the /Volumes–> The NTFS volume must be there (see the below image).

To ignore unexpected problem related to writing to NTFS Drive trouble, Mac users should format the external drives (USB or External Drives) with exFAT, ensuring they work well on both Windows and Mac OS X without any extra work. if you must write to an NTFS drive, one of the paid, third-party drivers will be the best-performing, least-effort option.