2 Easy Ways To Enable Read / Write NTFS On Mac OS X

By default, Mac OS X does not support NTFS file format. And if you use Windows as well as Mac OS X on daily basis, then this must be surely causing you serious issues. So, we have trying to help such users by suggesting them 2 easy ways to enable read / write NTFS on Mac OS X.

One method involves using a program which handles all the stuff, where as the other method is a manual one which involves firing of some commands which would enable this feature.

2 Easy Ways To Enable Read / Write NTFS On Mac OS X

Method 1 – Enable Read / Write NTFS On Mac OS X

In this method we would using a tool namely, NTFS-3G. Logically speaking, if you are using this method, you need not do anything except for installing it on your Mac.

Download NTFS-3G driver, double click on the installer folder and then run the Install NTFS-3G file to get this program installed on your Mac. Once you are done with the installation it would ask you to reboot your Mac. And after it has restarted you can start using NFTS format on your Mac OS X.

Method 2 – Enable Read / Write NTFS On Mac OS X

If you want a more Geeky way to enable this feature, then try out this as it lets you fire some advanced commands on terminal. So launch your terminal and enter the below command:

diskutil info /Volumes/volume_name

Here, volume_name stands for the NTFS volume. The above command would give you the UUID value of the Volume. Now, backup the /etc/fstab file. Now, enter the below command:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Now in the editor, type the given UUID followed by none ntfs rw. It would look like,

UUID=xxx-xxx-xxx none ntfs rw

Here, xxx-xxx-xxx stands for the UUID. Now this has to be repeated for all the volume drives. And in the end, restart your Mac. That is it!

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August 3, 2011 by: Prasanth Chandra


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