Paragon NTFS for Mac vs Tuxera NTFS for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by VortexMK, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. VortexMK macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2013
    I bought 1 TB WD My Passport external Hard Drive on which I've copied all files I need form my PC. I'll copy those files to iMac when it arrives (for two weeks) and after that, this external hdd will serve me as a back up disk (but also for file exchange with other PCs and iMacs). External HDD is now formatted in NTFS and I know Mac OS X can read, but can't write on NTFS disks. Which software to use for this purpose?

    "Paragon NTFS for Mac" or "Tuxera NTFS for Mac"?

    Is this software safe for system? Do they cause system instability?

  2. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    I dont know about it, but Paragon NTFS I know and use it when the ocasional Windows drive comes to me. No problems in the machine when this is installed.....:eek: Only thing is to check compatibility with your current OS/hardware. In the time I bought it, one can download a demo/trial. Maybe doing it is worth, I think....

  3. VortexMK thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2013
    Currently there is a version 10 of "Paragon NTFS fo Mac" and version 2012.3.4 of "Tuxera NTFS for Mac" and both support Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
  4. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    Paragon is the one I use and it has been seamless. There is also a freeware version of the Tuxera offering called NTFS-3G that might be OK for occasional use.
  5. VortexMK thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2013
  6. pws442 macrumors newbie


    Feb 23, 2011
    Any luck uninstalling

    I saw a post that said it (the free tool) was hard to uninstall. Any help with this?
  7. dakwar macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010
    Formatting the drive as ExFAT is a good alternative. With the right updates even WinXP supports ExFAT.
  8. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    This also means one wouldn't have to install any new filesystem software on the Mac. Which prevents issues at software updates and upgrades.
  9. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I have used both. Paragon is somewhat faster and Tuxera also shows more odd bugs. Go for Paragon even if it costs a little more.
  10. Zellio macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2012
    If this is a HDD it's better to use NTFS. SSDs should use ExFat or... any version of fat.
  11. scbond macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
    I've always used Tuxera and never had any problems at all.
  12. likwidsolutions macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2014
    Seagate drives that are Mac compatible allow you to get Paragon for free. I think it only works with Seagate drives but here is the link, I didn't have to sign in or anything, so give it a shot with another brand and see if it works...

    It says on the right side it gives a list of Seagate drives it's compatible with, but it can't hurt to try this driver. All it seems to do is ad ExFat, NTFS, Windows NT Filesystem (NTFS) and Windows NT Filesystem NTFS (Compressed) to the options in Disk Utility for Erasing/Partitioning. I don't see why it wouldn't work with other drives.

    It shows up in Disk Utility just like Tuxera.
  13. bigpics, Dec 1, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2014

    bigpics macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2002
    Rockland County, New York

    Hey, thanks for saving me $20!

    And it just works... :)

    It makes the point, btw, that it will only work with Seagate drives (I have a 1 TB Seagate Backup Plus), but I have no other NTFS formatted volume to test it with....

    UPDATE: I do have a Flash drive formatted in NTFS, and even with the free Seagate Paragon install, it's still Read Only. So it does indeed appear to be limited to Seagate drives.
  14. Philip Stancil, Jan 16, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2015

    Philip Stancil macrumors newbie

    Philip Stancil

    Nov 21, 2014
    I can second what bigpics said. I've tried using Seagate's free version of Paragon for a non-Seagate drive and it does not work.
  15. Toltepeceno Suspended


    Jul 17, 2012
    SMT, Edo MX, MX
    Yep, already tried it a while back and it did not work with non seagate drives.
  16. thegonz macrumors newbie


    Aug 15, 2015
    Just had to chime in and say the Seagate driver worked perfectly on my Mac OS X using my 5TB seagate hard drive. Thanks! Saved me $20 so I had to come back, register, and say thank you!!
  17. muctau191, Feb 16, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016

    muctau191 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    There is a specific comparison table between this two NTFS drivers here.
    • Tuxera NTFS 2015 is actually developed from NTFS-3G, an open-source, which is contributed by hundreds of Linux distributions. It is still associated with very common "Tuxera NTFS could not mount" error. It should not be called a professional NTFS software, while it costs $31 like steal.
    • Paragon NTFS 14 is developed by Paragon, a very well-known company creating powerful softwares in Hard Drivers Integration field. It supports all NTFS versions and works stably. The cost before discount for a single license is $19. I am not sure the promotion is not expired yet, but Paragon offers 25% OFF discount page here.

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