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How to write to NTFS drive in MacOS Sierra, High Sierra

MacOS Sierra NTFS support

How to write to NTFS drives (USBs, or external Hard drives) under the newest MacOS Sierra, High Sierra? It’s quite easy to do. Let’s look at our following free solutions to manually activate NTFS writing in macOS Sierra, High Sierra

The coming Mac OS X 10.13 is called MacOS High Sierra. Will it officially support NTFS write by default? Sadly, the same the situation as Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra, we need to either use professional NTFS drivers (Paragon NTFS), free NTFS-3G, or enable NTFS support to each particular NTFS drives connected to the Mac by using some simple command lines through Terminal.

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.

At for NTFS-3G, an open-source software designed by and included in hundreds of Linux distributions such as Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE… The NTFS-3G is based on the FUSE file system. This helps to access to all devices and partitions that are using the NTFS formats. I do not find out if NTFS-3G works well on MacOS Sierra in this topic. You may want to take a look on this topic: Instruction to install NTFS-3G in a right way on Mac.

Enable Writing to NTFS NTFS drives (USBs, or external Hard drives) through Terminal in MacOS Sierra, High Sierra

The following steps is not going to enable NTFS read/write support in MacOS Sierra, High Sierra. You have to repeat them each on each individual NTFS drive plugged into the Mac.

Instruction Map: Determine the Drive Name —> Enable write support to the targeted Drive using Terminal.

Step 1: How to know the Drive Name of the Drive?

Get the NTFS drive connected to the Mac until it is mounted. You then are able to see the NAME of the NTFS Volume from the Finder Window.

Drive Name

Step 2: Enable write support using Command lines

  • Launch Terminal (Found in Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command line.
    sudo nano /etc/fstab
MacOS Sierra NTFS
MacOS Sierra NTFS

After that, the fstab file then must be called in blank by default.

  • Enter the following command line.
LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
Enable Mac NTFS Write using Terminal
Enable Mac NTFS Write using Terminal in Sierra and High Sierra

Please be noticed that: The NAME must be replaced by Your Drive Name.

  • Press exactly Ctrl + O to save and Ctrl + X to end the Terminal. Done! You now must be able to write to the NTFS drive right now.

Do you have to repeat the all above steps in the next time when you plug the Drive into your Mac again? No!

After the NTFS Drive is unmounted (you take it off), then plug it into the mac again in the next time, the Volume no longer exists at the left pane side any more. To find it, From Finder window, click on Go (on the top menu), then choose Go to Folder, then enter the /Volumes. The NTFS partition must appears then, and you are able to write the Data into it.

NTFS-Volume

If my solution does not work on you due to any reasons, please leave a comment for further assistants.

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, MacOS Sierra.
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Dom Soulard
Dom Soulard
5 years ago

I tried your solution in Sierra, and it works well.
I believe you should suggest to add it to the favorites, making it easy to find each time you connect it.
You strongly recommend to use Paragon NTFS 14. Unfortunately, it’s not compatible yet

M Lynall
M Lynall
5 years ago

Thank you. Very helpful. This worked for me.

Veyhong Chhor
Veyhong Chhor
5 years ago

This work for me thank you.
Can I know more detail about this what is fstab related to mount volume ?

Ian Huang
Ian Huang
5 years ago

Paragon NTFS 14 is not compatible with Sierra. 🙁

jmcd102
jmcd102
5 years ago
Reply to  Ian Huang

Thx. Saved me the install time

Paul Temple
Paul Temple
5 years ago
Reply to  jmcd102

The current version of Paragon is actually compatible with Sierra. I just installed the 10 day trial from their website and it works fine.

jmcd102
jmcd102
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Temple

Thanks Paul.

azoreseuropa
azoreseuropa
5 years ago
Reply to  Ian Huang

Yes, it is compatible with Sierra to me. I am on trial version. No problem for me.

emaleroland
emaleroland
4 years ago
Reply to  azoreseuropa

apparently it wasn’t 4 months earlier

Shubhankar Sharma
Shubhankar Sharma
5 years ago

I managed to do it up till the Ctrl + O part, but then I pressed Ctrl + X nothing happens. I try closing the terminal window but message appears stating that the process is still running? What now?

Susu Kurma HTmilk
Susu Kurma HTmilk
4 years ago

After u press ctrl+O u have to hit ENTER, then after that press ctrl+X

Jan Šimůnek
Jan Šimůnek
5 years ago

Worked for me – MacOS Sierra + Windows 10 data partion. Thx.

max verboom
max verboom
5 years ago

I cant find the volumes folder anywhere. how can i reverse this?

Shwee
Shwee
5 years ago

will this affect the files in the hard drive?

pulangparuparo
pulangparuparo
5 years ago

How do you reverse it? Thanks!

pulangparuparo
pulangparuparo
5 years ago
Reply to  pulangparuparo

Thanks Cos 🙂

Valentino Tombesi
4 years ago
Reply to  pulangparuparo

You simply open the fstab file again on nano (sudo nano /ect/fstab) and remove the line you added, then save/exit and restart your mac.

Martin R
Martin R
5 years ago

It does not work for me – cannot edit files. But now I have the problem, I did it couple of times, but now I cannot see the external harddrive. It is not visible:(. Just when I unplug it, it says that it was unplugged unsecure (or what it says). What is wrong?

RF
RF
5 years ago

Tried this and it wiped my NTFS drive. 10 years of backed up photos are dead because I followed this guide.

João Victor
5 years ago

Thanks dude, it worked like a charm

emanuele filippi
emanuele filippi
5 years ago

hey I tried to manually enable it but not only it did not work, now I cant even see my harddrive in the finder nor in the volume folder!!! can you help? can i undo the process? thanks!!!!

Cos
Cos
5 years ago

SOLVED! Simple fix to restore everything to the way it was if anyone else ever has this problem. Plug back in to a windows PC, you will get the error “d: is not accessible The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable”

NB – You might have drive e, f, g etc.

Simply run this is command prompt:

chkdsk /f d:
obviously replacing “d” with your respective drive letter. It should take a few minutes to complete and the autorun will load up for your drive with all your files in tact!

Plugged back into the mac and as before everything is read-only, but at least that’s better than nothing!

Sathish Gopi
Sathish Gopi
4 years ago
Reply to  Cos

hi i have done the above solution and it is opening fine in Windows, But when plugged back into mac its still hidded and found only at “/volumes/”.

NOT ABLE TO REVERSE THE PROCESS BACK as before everything is read-only

can you help?

Kamyar Ghandi
Kamyar Ghandi
4 years ago
Reply to  Cos

I used the fstab approach and it seemed to work great on the Mac. But then I got the same “d: is not accessible The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” on the PC. The chkdsk command fixed the inaccessible directories. But I did still end up with 3 corrupted files. So, I would advise against the fstab solution.

mgschoen
mgschoen
5 years ago

You might run into the issue that your drive’s name contains spaces. You then need to escape it with the sequence 40. For example your drive’s name is “My Drive”, then you would go for

LABEL=My40Drive […]

in /etc/fstab

Alberto Ivo
Alberto Ivo
5 years ago
Reply to  mgschoen

thanks!

Andre Michalek
Andre Michalek
5 years ago

Is there any way to reverse this command? I have installed Paragon NTFS in the meantime and with the new upgrade I cannot access my ext hard drive anymore… The error message of Paragon is that it cannot mount the volume

Andre Michalek
Andre Michalek
5 years ago
Reply to  Andre Michalek

Thanks a lot!! Much appreciated

Valerie Brown
Valerie Brown
5 years ago

Thank you…

Ashis Maharana
Ashis Maharana
5 years ago

Hello, I tried with my Seagate 2TB HD, It is not even showing drive now

Mookie
Mookie
5 years ago

It works fine for me.
At the beginning, it didn’t worked because i wrote the name of my disk wrong (i just replaced space with 40) after that you do Ctrl + O, press Enter to save the modifications and then Ctrl + X to exit.
After that, my volume disapeared and it still didn’t work.
So i went back to the terminal and erased the content of the fstab and saved.
I reboot my system and my disk was back again.
I did the command line again (with the good spelling of my drive) and after i went to the utility disk application to unmount my drive and mount it again.
After that, I did a right click on the name of my drive and chose “Find it in the finder” (sorry don’t know if it’s the real name of this command because i’m french and it’s write in french for me 😛 ).
I was then able to see my disk again and i put an shortcut on my desk and it was it !
Thank U, i tried hard to find a solution to this problem, U made my day !

Freeman Ysz
Freeman Ysz
5 years ago
Reply to  Mookie

Please help! I really need the “erased the content of the fstab” command. Or is this the actual command.please!

Diego Silvera de Souza
Diego Silvera de Souza
4 years ago
Reply to  Mookie

You are a God. Your solution saved my day. Thank you very much!

Dyron "DJ"
Dyron "DJ"
4 years ago
Reply to  Mookie

I had spaces in my Drive name and the “40” helped solved the issue I was having, which was it wasn’t taking my command. Thanks!

mud Rucker
mud Rucker
4 years ago
Reply to  Mookie

Ahh! Thank you for that “40” bit! That solved my problem 🙂

Victor Hugo Bueno
5 years ago

If you want to make it easier, Drag and Drop your /Volume/Name folder to your left “Favorites” bar in Finder. It will now show on that bar every time you plug the HD.

drchrisb
drchrisb
5 years ago

in your instructions to save the opened file /etc/fstab you wrote to press Ctrl + O followed by Ctrl + X (to end Terminal). It did not work for me, until I pressed ENTER in between these two commands.

This may be an obvious point, but it stumped me for a bit. But your instructions were very clear, and access to the drives works very well.

Is there some way to have them display on the desktop for quicker access, and also unmounting via dragging to Trash?

Thanks

MICKAEL
MICKAEL
5 years ago

I DID EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAY BUT HELP ME MY DISK DONT APPEAR IN VOLUMES ?????

MICKAEL
MICKAEL
5 years ago
Reply to  MICKAEL

please help me I can’t loose everything on it

MICKAEL
MICKAEL
5 years ago

PLEASE HELP ME I DID EVERYTHING RIGHT AND NOW I DIDNT SEE MY DISK IN VOLUMES PLEASE I WORK WITH MY PHOTOS WELP ME !!!!

nazir
nazir
5 years ago

i already try using TUXERA 2016 trial on my Mac Book – works fine
can mount all ntfs format HDD and can copy file to myextdisk ..

disqus_Ogl3jYCNpI
disqus_Ogl3jYCNpI
5 years ago

put in the commands as prescribed USING the corrections from the comment thread (dealt with space on drive name, used ENTER….) — as far as I see I do this: Ctrl + O, press Enter then Ctrl + X but nothing is happening on my MacBook pro by doing this….screen stays open. If I close it, reopen, all the commands are gone: the drive had not changed to read/write – advice?

disqus_Ogl3jYCNpI
disqus_Ogl3jYCNpI
5 years ago

!!! got it: after entering this – sudo nano /etc/fstab had to put in admin PW….then the other steps…. thxs 🙂

Sebastián Giannone
Sebastián Giannone
5 years ago

Hello, I need some help!! I followed all the steps described here, and after that my hardrive dissapeared from the Finder, can’t find it anymore, it’s not even in /Volumes section. Can someone tell me what to do please? Thanks!!

Christian Ibasco
Christian Ibasco
5 years ago

what about multiple drives? or drives within drive such as virtual drive can i put two (2) lines:

LABEL=TOSHIBA40EXT none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

LABEL=Untitled none ntfs rw,auto,no browse
tnx guys

Chris Ferreira
Chris Ferreira
5 years ago

It works fine.

Saurav Chaudhary
Saurav Chaudhary
5 years ago

I tried this, but now my drive is not visible in the left panel or in volumes folder. What should i do?

Tullz
Tullz
5 years ago

Hi Guys, i followed all the above, but now i can’t find my hard drive at all. any suggestions?

Valentino Tombesi
4 years ago
Reply to  Tullz

You could not be able to view hidden folders in the finder. You should enable hidden files/folder viewing in the Finder before actually finding it 🙂

ClaveAzul
ClaveAzul
5 years ago

Here’s what I did thanks to this article and a post on MacRumors:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

LABEL=NAMEOFYOURDRIVE none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
CTRL O
Return
CTRL X
Return (The GNU nano window close automatically. If not, start all over. That’s what I had to do because I messed up the first few times.)

Your drive’s still in Finder. I was able to edit a PDF but not a DOCX.

RESTART YOUR MAC!

Your drive will not appear in Finder.

Open Disk Utility and you will see your drive there. Right click and select “Show in Finder.”

Now get your drive to appear in Finder all the time.

From MacRumors: “First, select “Show Path Bar” under Finder->View. This will show the breadcrumb path at the bottom. Next, go into the network folder you want to add. At the very left it will have the root folder with the network drive icon. Drag that over to your favorites.”

Done.

In my case, I’m triple booting Windows 10, Sierra and Mint 18.1. I have a drive I’m sharing between the OSs. I tried to map OneDrive to the drive I use to share files. It told me “Your OneDrive folder cannot be created” and something about the drive being in a “case-sensitive format.” I followed the steps above, and now I’m able to read and write to the same drive using OneDrive whether I’m in 10 or Sierra.

Rodrigo Cartaxo
Rodrigo Cartaxo
5 years ago

It didn’t work. I can’t find my external external HD. How can I reverse this, please?

Tooquic
Tooquic
4 years ago

its there but not browsable from the gui. go to the command line and type –> df -h

discuzer
discuzer
4 years ago

I get the error : “The operation can’t be completed because it isn’t supported.”

Anirudha Mahale
Anirudha Mahale
4 years ago

The terminal way works fine, Just you need to reconnect your pen drive to work and fine your pen drive using /volumes and done.

Thanks alot for the tutorial.

Prasoon Mk
Prasoon Mk
4 years ago

Please help !!
My ext HDD has the name Prasoon
As its got the special character “” in the name it isn’t working properly! How do I enter the name?

Valentino Tombesi
4 years ago
Reply to  Prasoon Mk

Plug it into a PC and change the HDD name 🙂

Migue
Migue
4 years ago

Thanks!!! It works fine.

emaleroland
emaleroland
4 years ago

Using Sierra, the drive did not revert to RW. I got info on the drive, unlocked it, under Sharing and Permissions, I gave everyone Read and write from just Read. I was then able to save my Winclone bootcamp image to the NTFS partition on the external drive.

Aros
Aros
4 years ago

Hello~ After I added a line “label=BOOTCAMP…” in the way you told into /etc/fstab, the BOOTCAMP volume can not be mounted any more (even with the disk tool app in macOS). There was no BOOTCAMP in /Volumes 🙁 When the line is deleted, BOOTCAMP can be mounted as usual. Does not this method work for BOOTCAMP on Sierra?

InfinitePower83
InfinitePower83
4 years ago
Reply to  Aros

This is EXACTLY what I tried, same exact results, I’ll probably jus delete the line n be happy lol

Manu Guanda
Manu Guanda
4 years ago

For the ones having problems with seagate after doing all the job right 😉

in Terminal

cd /Users/(yourUsername)/Desktop/
ln -s /Volumes/(yourVolumename)/ .

Don’t forget the “point” at the end. it is the link destination!
i hope it doesn’t cause trouble, when i restart my mac without my volume mounted.
for the freaks.. U can use tab to help Urself find the right dir names.

Manu Guanda
Manu Guanda
4 years ago

i don’t see my comment from a few minutes ago so I write it again, sorry, if it will be double

For all the seagate owner, who still have trouble, after following the instructions correctly.
first of all, U have to change Ur Finder in order to make all Drives visible if U want to.
In Terminal

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 1
killall Finder

Then I would suggest to stay there and create a symlink of Ur drive to the desktop

cd Users/(UrUserName)/Desktop/
ln -s /Volumes/(UrDrivesName)/ .

Do not forget the last dot, since it ist Ur symlink destination.

For the freaks: use tabs to move to the right directory while in terminal.
that’s it. good luck.

Juan Diego Borbor
Juan Diego Borbor
4 years ago
Reply to  Manu Guanda

Hello,

I don’t quite get what you’re saying except that it is supposed to fix the problem. So, just to be clear, I copy and paste the following, and in this same order, into terminal and everything should work?:

-defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 1

-killall Finder

-cd Users/(UrUserName)/Desktop/

-ln -s /Volumes/(UrDrivesName)/ .

Besides the “(UrUserName)” is there anything else I need to replace with my own info?

Thanks!

Kevin Bastedo
Kevin Bastedo
4 years ago

I hope this works…

Gillian Delvigne
4 years ago

After this manipulation I could access my HDD and write on it. But all files in a directory have disappear. However, they seems to be only hidden : the volume capacity didn’t change. But when I try to display hidden files or to list them in a terminal, I get no results… an idea ?

Yoooo
Yoooo
4 years ago

did you ever find a solution to this?

Gillian Delvigne
4 years ago
Reply to  Yoooo

no! 🙁 I lost all my files

Yang Wu
Yang Wu
4 years ago

Try plugging your ntfs drive into a Windows machine, luckly there will appear a window asking if you would like to repair that drive. After the repair, I managed to recover all my folders and files. Nothing was changed, at least in my case.

Mallikarjunayya Hosmath
Mallikarjunayya Hosmath
4 years ago

I faced the same problem. But able to recover all data by using MiniTool Partition wizard (free soft) on windows system. All I did was to run check file system with errors correction in that tool. that fixed my problem.

cybermario
cybermario
4 years ago

same problem here using native mac osx ntfs support, in the past i used tuxera and no problem, all starts using native solution, any ideas?

Lior Tal
Lior Tal
4 years ago

the drive no longer appears, not even under /Volumes after i edit the fstab file.

Yanniz Lovey
Yanniz Lovey
4 years ago

Thank you so much!! you save me, this is the best and esay way! Greate article

Yoooo
Yoooo
4 years ago

my drive appears but i cant see any of the files, please help. it is a seagate drive

Esther
Esther
4 years ago

I tried the step, able to see the hard disk under /Volumes, but still not able to write the file. Any other solutions? Thanks!

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

It used to work for me since pre el capitan. Since I’ve installed the 1st Sierra it stopped working. I have edited my fstab. I can get it to work now by setting it to ro.
I can do a manual mount with sudo mount -t ntfs -o rw,auto,nobrowse /dev/disk2s1 ~/ntfs/
The drive then appears for a sec in /Volumes, then disappear.
Before it stopped working, all my files went missing. Except, there were still there. on kodi, if a select an item it will play. But finder can not see it. I suspect Kodi has its own mappings to the file, and does not rely on the OS to report if the file exists. I then plugged the drive in my work laptop (windows) and scanned for errors, and fixed. No improvement.
Next mission: back up drive, wack the partition, and format for mac.
hopefully that will also the fix the bloody auto disconnect of the drive after 10 mins idle.

cybermario
cybermario
4 years ago

worked for me, but some files start to missing, and when connect drive to windows, i run chkdsk and it fix the problem, files appears, but when connect again to mac, dissapears again some files, any ideas? thanks

Pietrosan
Pietrosan
3 years ago

FINALLY!

I have found a genius!

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