Writing to NTFS.. got to be a better way!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nim6us, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. nim6us macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2012
    Every time I want to write a file to a NTFS external drive I have to load up my Windows VM and copy it that way. Surely in 2014 there has to be a way within OS X to do this, no?
  2. maflynn Moderator


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    May 3, 2009
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    OS X cannot write natively to NTFS partitions.

    The best way is to use a 3rd party solution like Paragon NTFS or Tuxera NTFS.

    There is also an unorthodox way to natively enable OS X to write to NTFS partitions. Because this feature is officially unsupported by Apple, NTFS should not be considered a reliable cross-platform file system for moving files between a Mac and a NTFS partition.

    The unorthodox way is detailed here: http://osxdaily.com/2013/10/02/enable-ntfs-write-support-mac-os-x/
  4. nim6us thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2012
    Paragon, is a fantastic solution! Works just like I wanted, priced reasonably, definitely worth $20 in my book, thanks for the tip!

    However, I'm sure this will just be speculation, but why do you think Apple wouldn't do this themselves? If I'm Apple I want to make it as easy as possible for Windows users to use their data to entice them to move. I mean I'd like to eXFat take off, it's just not a commonly used file system outside desktop and laptop, most consumer devices can't handle eXFat. We need a good common file system. Just my two cents.
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
  6. NukeIT macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    My seagate externals came with a NFTS utility for writing to it. (I don't use it since I wiped them and formatted to Mac Native) But you should check the manufactors website

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