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MBAForever
Sep 26, 2011, 12:56 PM
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Hello everyone. I have just got myself an external Western Digital HDD for my MBA. From what I've read, Mac OS lion do not support NTFS by default but I would still like to transfer big files between a PC and Mac. How do I go about this without installing a 3rd party driver such as Paragon?



GGJstudios
Sep 26, 2011, 12:58 PM
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Hello everyone. I have just got myself an external Western Digital HDD for my MBA. From what I've read, Mac OS lion do not support NTFS by default but I would still like to transfer big files between a PC and Mac. How do I go about this without installing a 3rd party driver such as Paragon?
It's not recommended, because it's not stable.

NTFS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ntfs) (Windows NT File System)

Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/) (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/2010/10/ntfs-3g-for-mac-os-x-2010102.html) (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard (http://www.offthehill.org/articles/2010/12/31/macfuse-for-64-bit-snow-leopard/)
Some have reported problems using Tuxera (http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/) (approx $36).
Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
Maximum file size: 16 TB
Maximum volume size: 256TB

ihonda
Sep 26, 2011, 12:58 PM
nope. need 3rd party you can READ files without the 3rd party but cant WRITE

cluthz
Sep 26, 2011, 08:00 PM
I've used ntfs3g on my old MBP, only problem is that it always used CPU cycles, even with no drives connected.

I tried the built in OSX ntfs and used it for two years with no issues.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=785376&