Purpose of utilities like NTFS-3G?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by komatsu, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    What is the purpose of utilities like NTFS-3G?

    According to their website, it is so Mac OS X can read / write NTFS partitions.

    But, I can read NTFS fine on my Mac without any third-party app?

    So, is a utility like this really just for writing to NTFS from a Mac?
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Yes, OS X can't natively WRITE to NTFS but it can READ NTFS. Utilities like NTFS-3G allow write to NTFS.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    It may be a licensing issue . Also writing NTFS can be a real pain outside of Microsoft software.
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You answered your own question in your own post.

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