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

OS X El Capitan NTFS usb support

Your Mac does not recognize, mount, or write to the USBs and external HDDs under NTFS format? Free effective solutions here!

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.

NTFS

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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Thierry PROST
Thierry PROST
6 years ago

I have to say every commercial apps (Paragon NTFS, Tuxera, …) and manual way (fstab) do not work on El Capitan or is not compatible after passed some hours to make it works.

Taylan Topuz
Taylan Topuz
6 years ago
Reply to  Thierry PROST

yes.unfortunately no solution yet.

Kecodoc
6 years ago
Reply to  Taylan Topuz

Look back the solution 2 again. I made a typing mistake. It works now 🙂

Taylan Topuz
Taylan Topuz
6 years ago
Reply to  Kecodoc

Now my bootcamp drive which is formatted NTFS is not visible anymore. maybe works only for usb drives, external hdd etc..

Franta Tichan
Franta Tichan
6 years ago
Reply to  Taylan Topuz

It is visible using Disk Utility: open bootcamp drive using disk utility and move icon which is at the bottom of Finder to Favorites tab in Finder, that is the easier way how to see it everytime (only in finder, not on a desktop)

Taylan Topuz
Taylan Topuz
6 years ago
Reply to  Franta Tichan

how to reverse it though?

Arjan de Boer
Arjan de Boer
6 years ago
Reply to  Taylan Topuz

@Taylan: delete the fstab entry
that should be all.
My GM-version works perfectly well after the fstab hack.
Thx!

Aravind
Aravind
6 years ago
Reply to  Arjan de Boer

Im unable to mount my NTFS drive as well although it is visible in disk utility. Can you please tell me the command to delete the fstab entry that was made so that i can atleast read the files on my drive. Thanks!

zirho6
zirho6
5 years ago
Reply to  Aravind

sudo rm -rf /etc/fstab
there you go

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Thierry PROST

i just did fstab and was able to write to NTFS portable drive.

Kecodoc
6 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Could you share to the others your experience? Some of them can not make it work with fstab solution 🙂

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Kecodoc

the only thing different i can imagine is I did the supplemental update to El Capitan before I tried this. Maybe that was the issue?

Kecodoc
6 years ago
Reply to  Jay

You are right. Incorrect command was fixed. Thanks

Milan Prokop
Milan Prokop
6 years ago

fstab not working for me on El Capitan, actually I can’t even see the NTFS partition of my hard disk, not even in Disk Utility. Paragon and Tuxera don’t work either.

Kecodoc
6 years ago
Reply to  Milan Prokop

Ask Jay for help, he makes it work.

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Milan Prokop

i don’t think there should be a space between LABEL = drivename. it should be LABEL=drivename (maybe this was the problem).

Milan Prokop
Milan Prokop
6 years ago
Reply to  Jay

I already had it without the space, maybe my problem is that I have two partitions on my hard disk one is HFS+ a the other one is NTFS and my MacBook doesn’t even see the NTFS partition. But at least I should be able to see it and read it, right?

Milan Prokop
Milan Prokop
6 years ago
Reply to  Milan Prokop

Oh, I figured it out. My problem was that I updated from Yosemite where I was using Tuxera, and Tuxera was causing all NTFS partitions not being mounted. When I uninstalled Tuxera “fstab” method started working. Thanks

Joseph
Joseph
5 years ago
Reply to  Milan Prokop

How did you uninstall Tuxera? My Uninstall Tuxera button was greyed out in System Preferences. I am using Tuxera 2012.

Milan
Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  Joseph

Im sorry i dont remember. But i think i used the uninstall button, i dont remember doing anything special with it.

Milan
Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  Milan

Anyways, the fstab option stopped working for me. Now im using paragon and its working on the latest system.

Franta Tichan
Franta Tichan
6 years ago

Please, what is wrong about this? LABEL=My Passport none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
I did not have any problem with single word name…

Anthony Main
Anthony Main
6 years ago

Worked for me on El Capitan GM seed using the FSTAB method – I had to Unmount the HD (as I have it as a secondary internal disk) and Mount it again using Disk Utility

C@ndyStr!ck3r?

I think it enforce me to do so the same code on terminal, am i right?

conurus
conurus
6 years ago

I managed to corrupt my NTFS external drive using the fstab method. Fortunately Windows chkdsk restored most of the lost content. It seems like a real driver is necessary.

Amrit Shrestha
Amrit Shrestha
6 years ago

yesterday fstab method worked. Today it wont work

Amelia Ong
Amelia Ong
5 years ago
Reply to  Amrit Shrestha

Me too. Even after deleting fstab, my drive can’t even be read anymore! It could be read but now write before. This feels hopeless, bah.

Bartek Jawien
Bartek Jawien
6 years ago

I type LABEL=MyPassport none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
when i type cmd+o I can't see in Macintosh Hd folder with Volumes.
Anyone can help me ? what to do ?

Boy Sudak
Boy Sudak
6 years ago
Reply to  Bartek Jawien

do you mean cntrl+o or cmd+o?
cntrl+o saves the file.

Bartek Jawien
Bartek Jawien
6 years ago
Reply to  Boy Sudak

Cntrl + o but doesnt work still

Bartek Jawien
Bartek Jawien
6 years ago
Reply to  Boy Sudak

Yes i know. cntrl + o doesn't work ?

Boy Sudak
Boy Sudak
6 years ago

This didn't work for me as well. I tried adding the line

LABEL=Seagate Backup Plus Drive none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

but still the disk has 'Read-only' permission.

Somya
Somya
5 years ago
Reply to  Boy Sudak

Try LABEL=Seagate40Backup40Plus40Drive none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

Daniel Plas Rivera
Daniel Plas Rivera
5 years ago
Reply to  Boy Sudak

Try LABEL=Seagate40Backup40Plus40Drive none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse instead of
LABEL=Seagate Backup Plus Drive none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

substitute spaces with “40” instead and it will work.

Jonandalf
Jonandalf
6 years ago

It worked for me with my external HD via USB following these steps:
1. – I did the fstab hack
2. – Open Disk Utility
3. -Unmount the volume.
4.- Mount the volume (now in Info you can see it is writable)
5.- right-click on the volumne -> Open in Finder

Really don't know if it gonna be persistent, but at the moment I can move files to the disk.

Bianca Pinheiro
6 years ago
Reply to  Jonandalf

will that (unmount the volume) erase what I have on the external HD? or is it safe?

ondre
ondre
6 years ago

No, unmounting and mounting it is like if you were to unplug a lamp and plug it back in. The bulb still works exactly the same as it did before you unplugged the lamp. The only difference here is when you mount again, you’ll be able to write to an NTFS drive.

orthorim
orthorim
4 years ago
Reply to  Jonandalf

This is awesome. Thanks for the tip with the spaces. I finally got it to work and it’s actually very fast. Measured over 1GBPS for my external HD. It seems faster than FAT…

kumar
kumar
6 years ago

how about if we want to make this setup with more than 1 NTFS hard drive?

Hamster House
Hamster House
6 years ago
Reply to  kumar

add new line in fstab with name of storage:

LABEL=xxx none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
LABEL=yyy none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

kumar
kumar
6 years ago
Reply to  Hamster House

Thnx dude. It works.

kumar
kumar
6 years ago
Reply to  Hamster House

thnx it works…

Mike Woolley
Mike Woolley
6 years ago

if you have a space in your drive name, replace it by the ascii code in /etc/fstab

LABEL=My40Passport none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

kumar
kumar
6 years ago
Reply to  Mike Woolley

excellent, i tried a few times and it didn't work as per their information but yours worked mike…
thnx.

Le Zuero
Le Zuero
6 years ago
Reply to  Mike Woolley

Worked for me but not shown in Finder.

m1dawkins
m1dawkins
6 years ago

Just to confirm Mike's suggestion does work, if you have spaces in the drive name e.g. Seagate Expansion drive, you need to enter Seagate40Expansion40Drive

Control O takes you to a line at the bottom of the Terminal with the file location, press Enter and the file will be saved.

Then go into Disk Utility and Unmount and Mount the drive, then in Finder select the drive and click File – Get Info and at the bottom you should see that you have Read and Write access.

m1dawkins
m1dawkins
6 years ago
Reply to  m1dawkins

Think I spoke to soon! I have just tested copying a file to both drives and I get the no entry symbol next to the file when dragging it across and it does not copy across.
Anyone else had this issue?

Mansi
Mansi
6 years ago

I tried and now it wont show the drive. What do I do now?

Ariel Arias Acuña
Ariel Arias Acuña
6 years ago
Reply to  Mansi

Yo need to navigate to folder.. In my case I verified from shell by "cd /Volumes", next to "ls", and I can see my Drive.. (ExternalDisk named)…
from Finder.. By clicking Go->Go to Folder: /Volumes/ExternalDisk
Then I can read/write onto my disk.. Hope it wrjks for you too

Shriyansh
Shriyansh
6 years ago

hey can anyone let me know how to undo stab modified, which you mentioned above.

AnthonyRemboldt
AnthonyRemboldt
6 years ago
Reply to  Shriyansh

follow the same steps as you did to modify. when the nano editor shows up your previously saved edit will be there. simply delete the text, resave, and exit.

disq
disq
6 years ago

i've installed El Capitan from scratch and there isn't even an /etc/fstab file. all there is, is a file named /etc/fstab.hd which is not read by the OS.

so much for "works 100%" 🙂

Hariharan B
Hariharan B
6 years ago
Reply to  disq

sudo nano /etc/fstab command creates an fstab file for you. I did it now and I am able to read and write to my Segate HDD. Check the screenshot below.

Man Tamang
Man Tamang
6 years ago

Option 1 worked in my case. Installing Tuxera NTFS, download from link given above.

Ruben Soler
Ruben Soler
6 years ago

Yea! FSTAB works for me. The thing is the the drives didn't appear in finder. If I open Disk Utility I can see them and "find in finder" but as I said the drives won't show

John Paul Solatorio
John Paul Solatorio
6 years ago

I got this working on my iMac (21.5 inch, Late 2013) running OSX El Capitan 10.11.1. As others have said the NTFS drive does not appear on the right side of the Finder. What I did was go to my Macintosh HD and dragged the Volumes folder to the left side (Favorites) so that I can access my removable drives easily. I unmount the drives by right-clicking, then selecting “Eject.”

John Paul Solatorio
John Paul Solatorio
6 years ago

PS. I also used 40 as space for my drive names.

Le Zuero
Le Zuero
6 years ago

I put that in /etc/fstab: LABEL=”Seagate Expansion Drive” none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse,

but not worked.

Somya
Somya
5 years ago
Reply to  Le Zuero

Try LABEL=Seagate40Expansion40Drive none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

Le Zuero
Le Zuero
5 years ago
Reply to  Somya

Thanks!

Nishad Islam
Nishad Islam
5 years ago
Reply to  Le Zuero

Use Uppercase for Drive LABEL Name

Tamás Rozsnyai
Tamás Rozsnyai
6 years ago

With the advice of m1dawkins this turned out to be a good solution:
“Just to confirm Mike’s suggestion does work, if you have spaces in
the drive name e.g. Seagate Expansion drive, you need to enter
Seagate40Expansion40Drive

Control O takes you to a line at the bottom of the Terminal with the file location, press Enter and the file will be saved.”

Bad Doc
Bad Doc
6 years ago

You are a lot of s t o o p i d s
Just do fstab hack, mount your external ntfs disk
Go to /Volumes and drag the disk to favorites
If your disk name has spaces just replace the spaces by 40

Claudio Pompili
Claudio Pompili
5 years ago

Mac Pro (Early 2008) 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon running OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. Followed instructions literally including disk drive name ie sudo nano /etc/fstab; then

LABEL=Movies 1 none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse. Did same for another Seagate HD and updated the fstab file. Both HDs are Seagate 2TB USB3 drives. All good

Héctor Max Alvelais Lassmann
Héctor Max Alvelais Lassmann
5 years ago

This works perfectly in a Mid 2014 MacBook Pro 15″ with El Capitan 10.11.3
I’ve only had to substitute blank spaces with 40
Dismount the HDD from the Disk Utility and mount it again, that’s all!
Thank you very much!

Max Alvelais

Amn Satija
Amn Satija
5 years ago

I am unable to mount the harddisk back on a mid 2012 mac book pro with el capitan 10.11.3

lmxb
lmxb
5 years ago

Verifying replacing spaces with 40 works! I just spent about an hour trying to get the UUID, which doesn’t seem to exist in with the “ntfs.utils -k disk?s?” command. Using the fstab method and replacing the spaces as you suggest worked great.

Angeluz
Angeluz
5 years ago

Awesome! Free and quick solution. All I had to do afterwards is eject the drive and connect again.

Tomas Vasquez
5 years ago

It worked, but the 40 didn’t help. I had to rename my drive on my pc, reconnect to my mac to make it work. Thanks guys

Nitin Surana
5 years ago

Did not worked for me – OS X El Captain 10.11.4

My HDD has multiple partitions and none of the names contained spaces.
Tried the LABEL trick with partition name as well as HDD name, didn’t worked.

Somya
Somya
5 years ago

It worked for me the first time, but then I tried the same for another hard disk and it just wouldn’t mount back again. And now this hack isn’t working on my old hard disk either (the one that it had successfully worked on earlier). If I delete the fstab file, then my hard disk mounts but in read-only mode.

Any help would be appreciated. Why isn’t my hard disk able to mount again?

Violin Laurent
Violin Laurent
5 years ago

I did this, and i just disabled by entire hard drive for my mac.. any solutions to this? I can see the volume in disk utility, but i can’t do nothing with it, and it doesnt appear anywhere else.. the status under “owners” says “disabled”…. what do i do

Fraser
Fraser
5 years ago
Reply to  Violin Laurent

i have this same problem, did you manage to fix it?

Artur Alajaan
Artur Alajaan
5 years ago
Reply to  Violin Laurent

I have the same problem aswell… 🙁

Perroni
Perroni
5 years ago

Thank you SO much! It worked for me! Look at that fantastic “move to trash” option. NICE!

Points to highlight:

1-used /040 to separate spaces.

2-after pressing Control+O, I thought I needed to do something else, since there are more options after you press it, but no.

3-Before doing the whole process, I put the drive on my favorites already, because it won’t show under devices anymore, but it will show on favorites.

4-It’s easier than it looks like.

5-I have a Late macbook white 09′.

Dev
Dev
5 years ago

Worked for my WD MyPassport Wifi external HD. Just make sure there is no spaces in the Disk name.

Fraser
Fraser
5 years ago

i did every step but now my hard drive refuses to re-mount? i had about 200GB worth of my music and holiday photos on the hard drive and i fear that they may now be erased/unrecoverable. help!

Patroi Raul Florin
Patroi Raul Florin
5 years ago

Good

Ärian Stan Welsch
Ärian Stan Welsch
5 years ago

Got it! and it’s working using that fstab thing 😀

andrewi
andrewi
5 years ago

Be careful, large transfers and frequent use will eventually break the partition. Mac OS X blocks it by default for a reason, and it doesn’t write perfectly to the NTFS file system on Mac Hard Drives (it messes up the $I30 index over time).

Roberts Smidrins
Roberts Smidrins
4 years ago
Reply to  andrewi

Yee man, this happened to me, what shoud i do now?? I cant copy into my Hard drive and some of the files are gone or it have changed in grey color and cant be used. Im pissed, im a dj and its important to me!!!

Diógenes Constantino
Diógenes Constantino
5 years ago

To reverse the process in el capitan?
FSTAB

Murali Kavitarkika
Murali Kavitarkika
5 years ago

Can any one help me on Writing to NTFS External Drive with
use of TERMINAL described above.

I followed instructions but got stuck at one place— in
STEP 6

When I press Control +O, there is some thing coming up at
the bottom of command line. What should
I type for saving on Desk top?

After saving, what
screen would appear and how should I quit?
Should I simply Press Control+X or something else to be done?

What will happen to the Drive? Will I be able to Write on the drive after
this?

If I restart my Macbook, should I go thru this procedure
again or the saved Command Line on Desk top would suffice.

I am NOT a very computer literate. Can any one explain?

vs511
vs511
5 years ago

After ctrl+O, press enter. Then, ctrl+X.

Gianluigi Furlan
Gianluigi Furlan
5 years ago

GUYS PLEASE I need your help…

I did all the steps to enable NTFS…
Now the external HD is gone and I can’t find it even following the steps you suggest

Is there anyway to undone this?

PLEASE I’m panicking

Ramires Moreira
Ramires Moreira
4 years ago

this works perfectly im my OS X El Captain 10.11.6, thanks for share.

Xavier
4 years ago

Okay, I have been jumping from website to website wondering why it didn’t work for me (the method one, that is) and I finally found the solution and am putting it out for everyone everywhere.

The reason it did not work for me was because I was using an internal hard drive converted to an external using adaptors and stuff. It was formatted as an NTFS drive and almost all descriptions between that drive and my Seagate drive were identical, but for some reason, the terminal method worked for my Seagate but not for my internal drive.

It could very well be due to lack of power supply, and I’ll probably be messing around to find out the cause. I am a bit unsure if I should do it with the same drive that contains a shit-ton of data, so I’ll stay down for now.

Kbrauneis
Kbrauneis
4 years ago

there is a little app called Mounty. takes care of all this.

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