Help with NTFS Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scrambledwonder, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. scrambledwonder macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2006
    Berkeley, CA

    I've been reading other posts about trouble with NTFS drives, but I still have some questions. Hope someone can help!

    My fiancee just got a MacBook to replace her PC laptop. She has an external Maxtor 300GB Hard Drive, but None of our macs can read the drive. I know OS X is supposed to read NTFS, so I don't know what the problem is.

    I have tried:

    Installing MacFuse - Didn't work
    Plugging in the drive, then starting up the Mac - Nothing

    I read in another post that there could be Windows security settings on the drive that will make it invisible to any other computer, but I don't know how to set those setting. Not really a Windows user.

  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Did you try the directions located here on

    There is also some info on this page:

    Which is a command line utility called mount_ntfs.
    To mount an ntfs volume located in /dev/ad1s1:

    # mount_ntfs /dev/ad1s1 /mnt

    To get the volume name (in Unicode):

    # cat /mnt/\$Volume:\$VOLUME_NAME

    To read directory raw data:

    # cat /mnt/foodir:\$INDEX_ROOT:\$I30
  3. scrambledwonder thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2006
    Berkeley, CA
    Okay. Thanks, but this is way too command-level for me. Not gonna work.

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