Using NTFS external drive on Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sparkeyben, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. sparkeyben macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2007
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    I recently switched from a PC to a Macbook Pro. I have a 80gb usb 2.0 external hard drive that is formated NTFS that I used to back up all my pictures, music and work files from my pc. It let me copy files from my external on to my macbook pro no problem but now I want to delete some things from the external so I can replace them with some newer files and it wont let me delete them. It gives me an error code -61. I have reorganized some of my work files and would like to back them up as well as any new music and pictures I have on my Macbook Pro and put them on to my external drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Nym macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    Porto, Portugal
    You can use this app:

    But it comes with a price tag unfortunately. I don't know if there's a free app that does this but yes, Mac OS X can only read NTFS drives, not write, that's why you can't delete or add anything.

    I feel your problem but, just try the app I linked and if it does what it says just buy it :)
  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Macs will read NTFS but not write - except with the app the other poster mentioned.

    If you're only using the drive with the Mac, I'd suggest reformatting it HFS+.

    If you still want to share it with Windows, then FAT32 is the way to go. Alternatively, installing MacDrive (also not free, but good) in Windows will allow it to read/write Mac disks.
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    No one has suggested the free option yet? MacFuse + NTFS-3G. This should give you full read/write NTFS access via a userland filesystem driver.
  5. Nym macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    Porto, Portugal
    Yeah, I figured out there would be a free alternative out there!

    Still, Tersono also gave a nice suggestion (which is what I do with my external HD), just install MacDrive on Windows (not free app) and format the external HD as HFS+.
  6. Erwin-Br macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2008
    The Netherlands
    Sounds good. But since these appear to be two packages, can I find some sort of manual/tutorial to guide me through the steps neccessary to get this solution working?

    Or is it really easy?

  7. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    It is very easy to install MacFUSE + NTFS-3G. I have done so on Leopard.
    Both MacFUSE and NTFS-3G are distributed as Disk Images (*.dmg). Double-click on them to mount and run the installer inside each disk image. Install MacFUSE first, then NTFS-3G.

    The NTFS-3G port you linked to is no longer active/not maintained by the original author. Use this instead
  8. tivpc macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2011
    Could you explain why Macfuse is needed?
  9. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    If your PC is Windows 7, and your Mac is Snow Leopard, they can both read and write to the exFAT format. A better option that FAT32.

    Windows 7 will format it to exFAT for you, not sure about OS X.
  10. sross16 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2011
    I know I'm rehashing this, but I'm getting ready to switch over to a 2011 MBP 15" and I need some help formatting my 2TB External HDD. Windows 7 lets me chose exFat, which I know works between MAC and Win 7. My question is which allocation size to use? Is smaller or larger better? I can go anywhere from 128 to 32768 kilobytes. The default in the format window is 512.


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