Best NTFS driver for OS X?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Benhermies, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Benhermies macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2012
    I have both a Macbook and a Windows desktop, and a 2TB USB HDD to share files between them and also for watching videos on my Asus O!Play media player. The USB drive is formatted as NTFS. Natively OS X only supports reading NTFS drives, but I had installed Paragon NTFS for OS X which allows full read/write access. Unfortunately it is a little buggy as it will randomly rename files and folders on that NTFS drive to files that have been long since deleted, and not allow me to access them except to delete. The files still show up and work properly on my Windows computer and the O!Play, but not OS X.

    Can anyone recommend some good, reliable alternatives to Paragon?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    By most estimates, Paragon NTFS is the "best" NTFS driver for OS X. You have it installed. You are also the first person I have heard with issues. Exactly, what are the "bugs" that you have encountered?

    As for an alternative, I use NTFS-3G. It is free. It is not as fast as the commercial offerings, but I use NTFS to exchange files with Windows users via USB thumb drives. It is not my primary file system. NTFS-3G's parent company, Tuxera, also has the commercial Tuxera NTFS.

    Before you spend money on a new driver, however, I strongly recommend that you diagnose and fix the "bugs" that you currently have. Switch drivers only after others have confirmed that your "bugs" are flaws in the software and not user error.

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