Enable NTFS without 3rd party driver?

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
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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?
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's not recommended, because it's not stable.

    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 (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (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
  3. macrumors 65832

    Sep 17, 2009
    nope. need 3rd party you can READ files without the 3rd party but cant WRITE
  4. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004

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