How to get OSX to work with NTFS?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by CraigB, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. CraigB macrumors member

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    I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. My external harddrive was originally partitioned as FAT32. However, to be able to transfer over this huge file onto it, I had to convert it to NTSF. Now here's the problem, I have files on my MBP that I need to transfer back and forth with my Windows XP PC, and I'm basically handicapped now.

    I have over 20GB of files on my portable HD, and to change it back to FAT32, I'd need to format the whole disk. I simply have nowhere to place the files. My Windows has very little free space on its HD, while my MBP can't even read/write onto the external.

    Is there any program out there that can allow OSX to read/write onto a NTFS HD?

    Thanks for any help you guys can provide me.
     
  2. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    There's a program called Paragon NTFS for Mac, I used one of the test versions and it was great until my NTFS partition disappeared, but I think they've sorted out the problems now.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=351476 a thread on Paragon NTFS (go to the newer posts, the beginning is about an early beta)
     
  3. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    fat32 should be no problems since os x supports write and read access natively.
    as for ntfs write and read access you will need third party apps.
    I have written a short blog entry on how to use macfuse and the ntfs 3 g driver and have a little app called imountit that facilitates the mounting process if you are interested.
    (Link to how to and iMountit)

    there is another option you can use:
    paragon ntfs for mac 6.0 (but it's shareware)
     
  4. plinden macrumors 68040

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    You mean NTFS surely?

    OS X can read NTFS and read/write FAT32.

    Do you have a router? You best bet may be to set up sharing either from the PC or from the Mac.

    Anyway, there are two ways I know of for getting read/write NTFS - MacFuse (open source and free) and Paragon (proprietry and $30).
     
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  6. CraigB thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, just a typo.

    Thanks for all the replies everyone. Going to start looking at the 3rd party apps and all. :)
     
  7. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Is the external drive connected to the Mac or PC? If it's connected to the PC, all you have to do is share the drive out. Mac's can read/write to a shared NTFS volume, as it's not accessing it natively, but through SMB.

    -Kevin
     
  8. stomer macrumors 6502a

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    True. However the max file size for FAT32 volumes remains 4GiB. I imagine that this is the reason why the original poster had to use NTFS instead.
     

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