NTFS-3G, Macdrive or Paragon?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by icecreamed, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. icecreamed macrumors newbie

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    I have just made the switch from Windows to Mac and discovered the NTFS drives are read only issue!

    I've been researching ways to be able to read-write to NTFS drives because it's going to be a pain for me to reformat my drives... I have a few and they all contain 1xxgb..

    so these 3 are the ones I've found, would just like suggestions on which programs you guys would recommend?

    Advice would be appreciated!!!!
    Thanks!!! :)
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    MacDrive 7 is Windows software designed to handle Mac volumes from within Windows, not Windows drives on the Mac.

    Paragon NTFS is commercial software that allows your Mac to read and write NTFS volumes.

    NTFS-3G now comes bundled with Google's MacFUSE which was a separate download and install in the past. Most reports are that it is not as fast as Paragon NTFS, but it is free. If your move to the Mac is permanent, then you should use HFS+ and successors from now on. The extra speed of the commercial software may be worth the expense to you. However, I would go stick with the freeware.
     
  3. occamsrazor macrumors 6502

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    MisterMe makes a good summary... but I also agree - if you aren't going to need to access these drives from a PC on an ongoing basis, you'd be better to back them all up to another drive (borrowed?), reformat them as Mac HFS+ journalled, then restore your files.
     
  4. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    I use NTFS-3G and havent had any problems yet.

    But I'm only moving about 25-50gb around once a month. So speed isn't a major concern for me.
     
  5. superdx macrumors regular

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    I have maxed out all the drive bays in my Mac Pro, I took a day to copy stuff off the drives, reformat them into HFS+ so I could have native speeds (and NTFS drives eventually need defrag).

    One of my drives I simply use to store database & movie backups, so speed is not essential, I've just left it as NTFS using NTFS-3G. It works great, I can't tell really any speed difference at all.
     

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