Free NTFS read and write solutions in Mac OS X El Capitan and Yosemite

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Mac OS does not support writing to NTFS disk by default. Are there any ways to enable NTFS read/write support in Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite or any older OS X versions?

Firstly, For saving a ton of time, I would recommend a best Professional NTFS Driver for Mac, Paragon NTFS For Mac 15. After a few seconds for installation, users are able to write to any NTFS drives on Mac with the transfer rate is the same as with the native HFS file system. Paragon NTFS for Mac costs $19.95 and offers a ten-day free trial. It’ll install cleanly and easily on modern versions of macOS, including macOS 10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It really does “just work”, so it’s the best option if you’re willing to pay a small amount of money for this feature.

Otherwise, The following methods require being patient and a little bit knowledge about linux, but will make it doable. They should work for the one looking for NTFS Write support in Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11.

1 – Use Terminal to enable NTFS Read/Write support in Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite

This solution is quite complicated, but works 100% even in OS X Capitan.

We do not talk about why either Mac does not support writing to NTFS drives or or why this feature is hidden from Mac OS X. We are gong to use Terminal command lines to manually Enable NTFS write support under OS X. Let’s see how it works.

  • Step 1: Check and remember the NTFS Disk NAME from the left pane side.

Check the NAME of the NTFS Volume

  • Step 2: Launch Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal).
  • Step 3: Type then Enter the following command line.
sudo nano /etc/fstab
sudo nano terminal
  • Step 4: Fill the admin password if you are required.
  • Step 5: The fstab editor then must be called in blank by default. Next, enter the following command line.
LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
Enable Mac NTFS Write using terminal

Notice: DRIVE_NAME must contain no spaces and be replaced by the NAME of your NTFS drive. What to do If the drive NAME contains words separated by a space? Find out the solution in the comment section at the end of this article because someone must figured it out already.

Instead of using LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse, we can use the following command line.

UUID=Universal Unique Identifier none ntfs rw

Universal Unique Identifier can be determined by Disk Utility. Read more here to see the full instruction.

  • Step 6: Press Control + O to save the file, and Control-X to exit the fstab editor. You now are able to Write to the NTFS disk.

When you plug the NTFS Drive next times, the Volume will no longer appear at the left pane side. How to find it? From Finder window –> Click on Go (on the top menu) –> Choose Go to Folder –> enter the /Volumes–> The NTFS volume must be there (see the below image).

OS X El capitan NTFS solution
NTFS Mac – NTFS El Capitan solution

The above steps need to be repeated once a new NTFS drive is plugged into your Mac. It takes minutes and may not work correctly all the times. I therefore would recommend using a professional NTFS driver for Mac such as Paragon NTFS 14.

NTFS-3G El Capitan

Does NTFS-3G work on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan? It works unstably and unsafely and is not recommended for El Capitan. NTFS-3G is an open-source and contributed by numbers of Linux distributions such as Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE and Ubuntu. It is not released and officially supported by any companies. By using this method, users have to bear the unexpected risks.

2 – Use Paragon NTFS 15

Paragon NTFS For Mac 15 belongs to Paragon, a very famous company in Hard Drive Integration field. It comes with great features to enable read/write access to NTFS partitions under OS X with unprecedented high NTFS performance. It also includes Disk Manager for easy formatting and hard drive maintenance such as check and repair.


Paragon NTFS 15 Key Features:

      • Supports MacOS Sierra already
      • Easy to to install
      • The read/write speed to NTFS partition is optimized and similar to native HFS+
      • No limitation accessing to big number of files and large volume of Data
      • Supports completely all Hard drive Brands and NTFS versions
      • Support El Capitan and other software such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion
      • Able to create, verify and repair NTFS partitions
      • Optimize the operations on SSDs

Similarly, we can manage EXT2/3/4 drives in our another share that you may want to take a look on – Free Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 Read and Write solutions in Mac OS X El Capitan.

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