Paragon NTFS for Mac vs Tuxera NTFS for Mac

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    VortexMK

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    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"?
    Links:
    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/
    http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/

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

    Thanks!
     
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    phoenixsan

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    Tuxera.....

    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....


    :):apple:
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Any luck uninstalling

    I saw a post that said it (the free tool) was hard to uninstall. Any help with this?
     
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    Formatting the drive as ExFAT is a good alternative. With the right updates even WinXP supports ExFAT.
     
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    This also means one wouldn't have to install any new filesystem software on the Mac. Which prevents issues at software updates and upgrades.
     
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    dusk007

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    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.
     
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    Zellio

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    If this is a HDD it's better to use NTFS. SSDs should use ExFat or... any version of fat.
     
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    I've always used Tuxera and never had any problems at all.
     
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    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...

    http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/ntfs-driver-for-mac-os-master-dl/

    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
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    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
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    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.
     
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    Yep, already tried it a while back and it did not work with non seagate drives.
     
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    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!!
     

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